I'm a huge supporter of the thrifting lifestyle. One can find so many treasures at second-hand stores. Plus, your'e saving the environment by recycling clothing that would otherwise be toss.
Here's my tips when it comes to locating the perfect second-hand goodies:
Make It A Day
Finding treasures cannot be rush. It's best to set time aside and let yourself fully investigate the thrifting stores at hand.
Wear clothing that you can freely move in, comfortable shoes, and a no-fuss handbag. If you're not comfortable, you're most likely not going to look well for hidden treasures.
Know You're Brands
Take some time and research which brands you want to own. A good way to learn your brands is by visiting department stores, online stores or magazines. It's how I developed my keen eye to spot out Liz Claiborne from the 80's!
Be Willing To Dig
I've found from experience that the most coolest items are not in plain sight. Don't be afraid to shuffle all the way back of that handbag wall.
Check For Yellowing
It's usually easy to spot on white fabrics, but it can be overlooked on prints. Do a good look over on the garments before purchase due to most thrift stores do not accept returns. Yellowing is caused by improper storing.
Getting rid of yellowing is not easy. I would recommend avoiding any finds with discoloring.
Look For Prints
Prints are so in. The current trend is mixing prints and God knows I'm the most happiest kid for this look! I go for bold colorful prints that can easily be mixed or layered into my style.
Look For Weekly Specials
Most thrift stores carry out weekly specials to keep merchandise moving. I don't know about you, but I don't mind an extra 25% off! Just ask the staff and I'm sure they will let you in on which are the best days to shop.
I believe being ahead of the crowd is best. Have the first picks those great ugly sweaters in May.
Consignment Stores = Winning
I know many people who think thrifting means shopping at Goodwill or similar places. Well, my friends it's not! I've found amazing deals for name brands such as Prada and YSL at consignment locations. You'll most likely pay a few dollars more, but why not for a mint condition items!
Know What You Want
Hey, it's hard to shop without a vision in mind. I personally write down a list on what items or accessories I needs most. This keeps me from straying away and buying things like salt and pepper shakers instead of shoes.
I hope my simple and easy tips encourage you to plan a thrifting shenanigan day!
I plan on sharing my vintage knowledge in the upcoming weeks. A passion of mine is looking for vintage clothing and accessories. Shopping tips, how to spot out true vintage finds, and information on decade designers will be discuss.
Thanks again for your love and support!
- Mama Jbaz