I’ve always been into personal style and I’ve always loved clothes! But, let’s be honest, clothes can be expensive and they’re not always made to last. The fast fashion industry is also not an industry that I want to directly support. That’s why I go thrifting for most of my clothes!
I’ve been thrifting my entire life, so second-hand clothing is nothing new to me. I love being able to find really great, original pieces to add to my wardrobe for a fraction of what their original prices were! Over the years, I’ve found many great thrifted clothing and fashion items, so the thrift store is definitely my favourite place to shop! With my life-long experience of thrifting for clothing, I’ve learned a few things when it comes to finding some great items; so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve learned with you! These are just a few of my tips from my own thrifted clothing experiences!
Tip #1: Really inspect each piece of clothing before you buy it. Look for small holes, stains, pilling, etc. These are all easily missed unless you take a close look. I know I’ve had times when I’ve found an item that I love, only to buy it, get home, and then notice an issue with it that I can’t fix. The lighting in many thrift stores also doesn’t really help, so look closely.
Tip #2: If you see something you love, but you find that it’s a bit damaged (like with a hole or something), don’t pass it up; bring it home and spend a little time repairing it. Depending on where the hole or tear is, it can easily be sewn. If it has a cooking oil stain, use some dish soap on it. Some pieces are not worth the effort, but many clothing items can be repaired with a little time spent on them.
Tip #3: Don’t just stick to one size. Today there’s no such thing as standard sizing…unfortunately (it would make things so much easier, wouldn’t it?). At the thrift store, there are probably hundreds of different clothing brands all mixed together. When I go thrifting for clothes, I look at all sizes because not everything fits the same. I have clothes in my wardrobe from a size small to an 1x, but they all fit me. It doesn’t matter what the tag says, it matters how something fits; so it’s worth looking at all sizes at the thrift store.
Tip #4: Make sure you try everything on and make sure everything fits well. I’ve purchased countless pieces of clothing, only to get them home, try them on, and despise the way they look on me. It’s either it doesn’t fit right, it’s not my style, or it’s not what I imagined. I’ve learned to try pieces on before I buy them, that way I know they’re not just going to hang in my closet until the end of time.
Tip #5: Also try on pieces that aren’t typically your style. I’ve tried on so many pieces that I wasn’t sure about on the hanger, but when I put them on, I loved them! Sometimes clothing pieces look completely different once their on an actual human body. Honestly, you never know if you’ll find something you love.
Tip #6: If you don’t love something while trying it on in the store, you probably won’t wear it too much (if at all) once you get it home. Adding on to tip #4…it’s so important to completely love a clothing item before buying from the thrift store. This actually applies to all stores…but I know from personal experience, when I’ve purchased something at a thrift store that I was a bit iffy about, I never really wore it.
Tip #7: Don’t just buy an item because it’s a certain brand name. When I thrift for clothes and other fashion items, I don’t look for certain brands — I look at individual pieces that I love! Buying something because it’s a particular brand name is kind of ridiculous! If it doesn’t fit right, or you don’t really love it…then what’s the point? To me, brand names are meaningless. I’ll only buy something if I really love it!
Tip #8: Look for good quality pieces, not ones that will last you only a few wears. Thrift stores are filled with stuff from cheap, fast-fashion clothing stores. These pieces will not last and, in my opinion, are not really worth even the few bucks they cost at the thrift store. It’s so important to me now to find pieces that I know will be in my wardrobe for years to come. I don’t want anything that’s going to fall apart after I wear it a few times.
Tip #9: If you really love an item, you have to bring it home! I’ve had a few experiences where I really loved something and decided not to get it and experienced serious regret afterwards! A couple months ago, I passed up a gorgeous ankle-length olive green cardigan. I really regretted my decision to pass it up so, a couple of days later, I went back to the same thrift store to see if it was still there…and it was gone. I was honestly so disappointed! It would have been perfect for lounging around the house, and would have paired up perfectly with a black camisole and black leggings. Moral of the story: buy the item if you love it!
The thrift store is such a great place to shop for clothes. It’s super affordable and almost every piece is individual. Fashion thrifting is the best type of thrifting!
Have you ever found some amazing clothing pieces at the thrift store?