my top three thrifting tips

April 9, 2015

Outfit Details: TANK TOP: Target // BLUE LONG SLEEVE TOP: thrifted, similar here // SHORTS: thrifted, similar here // SHOES: Toms // NECKLACE: Kendra Scott // EARRINGS: Made in Mechanicsville (c/o) // SUNNIES: Tiffany and Co. (My newfound favorite!)

Ever since I started college, (3 years ago now...) I've begun to realize that I gravitate more to buying a lot of my clothes at thrift stores. When student loans are beginning to pile as high as next weeks homework list, you make some necessary sacrifices and changes. Therefore, thrifting has provided me with the opportunity to continue shopping (because I love it!) and not spend as much money. If you have never been to a thrift store before, I dare you to find the nearest one and go now! They are so much fun, and I guarantee you will find many hidden gems. 

Here are my top three tips and tricks that I have learned from my thrifting experiences thus far....

1. Give yourself enough time!
Whenever I go to a thrift store, I make sure to give myself at least 1-2 hours. The racks in thrift stores are usually stuffed to the brim with clothes. It takes a while to scan through the racks, and it is not something that you want to rush. You don't want to bypass a super cute dress just because you were rapidly rushing through the clothes.

2. Be prepared to try a lot of things on!
Whenever I go to a thrift store I usually try on about 30 things (I know, hear me out though!) That is usually how many gems you will find if you give yourself enough time to look. Obviously, I do not walk out with 30 items and definitely have to narrow down my picks...But you want to walk out of that store feeling confident that you found what you were looking for.

3.  Search the piece of clothing multiple times for any holes, stains, etc.!
Even though this isn't usually a huge problem because many stores have their employees look for any discrepancy's, it still becomes a problem sometimes because it would be next to impossible for them to find every single stain or hole on every item of clothing that comes into their store. Therefore, give the article of clothing a quick scan, checking all the zippers, making sure the seams are not coming apart, etc. You'll thank yourself later! There is nothing more heartbreaking then discovering the cutest dress, buying it, taking it home, and then realizing later that it has a huge gapping hole in it. (If you couldn't tell...I'm still bitter from personal experience...)

Thanks for reading! And I encourage you to go have some fun on a thrifting adventure!

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