There is no better feeling when someone compliments you on a piece of clothing, asks where it’s from, and you get to tell them it’s thrifted. Your cute top or stylish shoes are unfortunately one of a kind at this point. Suddenly, You’re the type of person who really knows how to shop.
And though you do pretty well thrifting on your own here is a few tips you need to know.
“Before walking into a thrift store, take a step back and truly evaluate your closet and your capabilities. Will you be the person to get something tailored? Will you actually wear a bright-white tank top in the middle of a sweaty summer? Singer says you don’t want to get sucked into an item just because it’s cheap—knowing what you want beforehand can help you walk away from those all-too-tempting purchases,” said Lauren Singer, 27, owns Package Free in Brooklyn, to Elle in a 2018 report.
Look for vintage versions of current trends.
“Always remember: Fashion is cyclical. Every trend you’re wearing now was once in style at an earlier time, so just because you’re shopping vintage doesn’t mean you have to look for different trends. ‘High-waisted pants and midi skirts are really in right now, and vintage stores have all kinds of options for both,’ Amira Hikim of The Style Vault suggests. Plus, there’s no danger of anyone showing up in the same crop top if yours is a limited-edition print from the ’70s. Just saying,” according to a 2014 Teen Vogue report.
Learn what you can and can’t fix.
“Did you just pick up a Ferragamo sweater with telltale moth holes? Put it down. A Kate Spade dress with a perspiration stain or odor? Step away. These are things that cannot be saved, while it is possible to fix something that’s scuffed, dirty, or needs to be sewn. You can also get creative! She’s been known to fix up a pair of shoes with a simple Sharpie,” said Andrea Silber, 62, thrifts at least once a week, to Elle in a 2018 report.
Go straight to the dress and skirt racks.”Its’s always good to have a mission when you step into a vintage store. Otherwise, the experience can be a little overwhelming. June Deuell of White Dove suggests beelining for the dresses and skirts. ‘There are so many great styles from the ’80s and ’90s right now, and they’re all high-waisted so they also make great minis. Just chop off the skirt to the length you want and get it hemmed at the dry cleaners—it’ll cost you $5,’ ” according to a 2014 Teen Vogue report.