Guest Post By Olivia Loney
Are all your friends always finding cute inexpensive clothes thrifting and you always have no luck? Here are 10 of my personal thrifting tips to help you have success on your next thrifting mission.
That’s right, thrifting is a mission. Its an eco-friendly way to curate a new wardrobe while also saving the world from the demands of a toxic fashion industry. Plus, retail is horribly overpriced so your wallet will thank you and so will the environment!
Even though finding that amazing gem for a good deal takes practice and a great score makes the process so addicting! Once you get good at it I have full confidence you can buy amazing items at the thrift store!
- DO NOT GO WHILE HUNGRY. Do not attempt thrifting on an empty stomach. Don’t cha do it. Don’t you even dare! Thrifting like a pro takes focus and stamina, you don’t want to get half way through the store and grow weary. If I don’t plan ahead I get hangry in a hot minute and lose my focus, so I always try to pack a snack or make sure I go after a meal! And give yourself at least an hour to enjoy the thrifting process. Thrifting like a boss is an art after all!
- Be ready to HUNT. Thrifting is literally like adult treasure hunting. You have to go through each item, or get good at grazing with your eyes, skipping a few items here and there, to find just what you’re looking for.
- Keep a mental list of “wants”. When browsing Pinterest or Instagram style feeds keep a mental list or save pictures on your phone of certain styles, patterns and pieces together you like. Take note of trends you like at your favourite store in the mall and I bet you will find a thrifted item just like it. That way when you are looking through the clothes at the thrift store an item will literally call out to you from the rack!
- Know your sizes… There’s no one there to grab you a new size or help you decide what fit you should go for. So in order to be successful and not get discouraged, know your body’s general sizes (even make a mental note of your sizes at different stores). This will help you get a good idea of what will work and what won’t. But do not be afraid to try something new or outside of your comfort zone, those are often my favourite finds!! And if an item is just too cute and cheap to pass up but isn’t your size, buy it for your sister or best friend! Share that thrifted love.
- Get sick deals; make sure you check online and find out when thrift stores are having sales. Value village usually has a 50% sale once a month. On these days I recommend going in the morning before everything is picked through. Most stores often have coupons that you can get for bringing in donations so bring a bag of clothes you don’t wear with you and make room for your new haul!
- Don’t over think it. If it speaks to you and you think it’s cute, toss it in your cart and keep going!
- The Mirror Trick! This is a huge pro tip and my personal favourite, so pay attention! If/When your cart is getting a little full, stop by a mirror and get ready to make some cuts. Hold up each item in front of your body and see how it makes you feel! Not sure but you think it might be cute? Try it on at the end, or if you can throw it on over your clothes! (Wearing a leggings and a tank top will help with quick changing!) This is a great way to see if the item will match your hair and skin tone, and you’ll get a good feel for whether or not you should try it on or just let it go. This stage is so crucial. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve saved in the change room by narrowing my cart down this way.
- Try it on! Make sure you try on the item, and go for the big fitting room if you can, (it’s got the best mirror and best lighting).
- Do you love it? If you don’t love it and you’re not sure what to pair it with, don’t buy it! It may be cheap but those items add up and will just become discouraging memories taking up closet space.
- Shop out of season. This tip is good for both thrift stores and malls. You’re welcome. Stuff is always cheapest when it is out of season. (This rule does not apply to plaid, because well: Canada) Yet otherwise, off season is when people clear out there closets usually to make room for the next season. Like this Wilfred Leather Jacket we found for $34.99!
There you have it! Ten of my personal pro tips to help you find thrift store gold.
PS… a few of our finds from this Thrifting Trip!