BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF. Does it need alterations and are you willing to get it done? Do you absolutely love the color, shape, and texture? Do you see this item fitting into your current wardrobe? Does it match other garments you own? Will you really wear this item? If you have trouble answering these questions put the item back and stick to what works best for you.
Two ways to shop at the thrift store:
First, you have an item in mind. If so go straight to it.
Second, you don't have a clue but it most be fly, fabulous and totally cheap! If that's the case start at the beginning of the store and work your way back. Try to stay focus on one department either clothes, household items or gadgets. This will keep you from becoming overwhelmed and overspending.
Are you a thrifty shopper? Shopping at the thrift store is not for everyone. You must have perseverance, determination, patience and grit. Shopping at the thrift store takes time. There's a lot of rummaging, smelly smells, and your arms will ache! But if you are up for the challenge, Let's start thrifting now! If not no worries I'll do the leg work for ya!
What time is best for you?
I like to get in early to have my choice of the best pieces before the crowd comes in. But most thrift shops have late evening hours and convenient weekend hours. Decide what time of day you could spare an hour or two. Remember sale days are the busiest.
Bring a friend. Friends are good for the cold-hearted truth you'll need on your thrifty journey. They will be able to help you make decisions between what's hot or not.
Dig in and PULL! Sometimes items are not sorted well and kind of all over the place. This is a time to turn on your "eye spy-eye." Look for color, texture and style.
Color and texture should leap out at you just by running your eyes over the top or sides of the clothing racks. This takes care of the need to pull out every item.
Just pull out the clothes that appeal by color and texture, so that you can check for style. Look for classic styles which don't date easily.
Check closely for stains, tears, mended parts, stretched stitching (often hard to repair) and marks.
Personally I don't like buying stained items. Some stains easily come out but others do not. Never buy anything with perspiration stains - they just will not come out. Remember that buttons are not a problem - you can easily replace lost ones with better ones.
Time to try on your great finds! Not all thrift stores have a fitting rooms. And even if they do I suggest the following for sanity precautions. Wear a leotard or leggings and a cami under your clothes the day you are thrifting to avoid skin contact to the used clothes. Also wearing a flared skirt with leggings underneath help you to try on a pair of pants without showing your goodies.
Always look in a mirror to see if the clothes really do suit you. If there is no mirror, you take the risk but given the price, it'll probably be a cheap risk!
Wash your clothes. You can't be sure they're really clean. Check pockets before cleaning--you could be pleasantly surprised by forgotten money! Or dirty Kleenex...YUCK!
When you are checking out make sure to use any coupons you have and ask for the upcoming sale dates.
Have fun! Be creative! And remember--Yes, You Can Look FABULOUS Shopping at the Thrift Store!
YES! I love clothes. What you don't love clothes? What's wrong with you?!? Hehehehe yes my crime of passion! For as long as I can remember I had the largest obsession with clothes and all things beauty. My grandmother had three full closets of clothes. Along with exquisite handbags, shoes and jewelry. It was the perfect heaven on earth for a fairy tale loving six year old. So I vowed to myself as a little one to have this amazing heaven on Earth as I got older.
So here I am today and my world consist of all things fashion, style and beauty. With clothes being my number one obsession! So yes, I AM A CLOTHES FREAK! Are you a clothes freak? Unsure? Well let me help you out. Here are the 5 sure signs to discover the clothes freak within you:
5. When you see an amazing outfit on someone you immediately say to yourself, YEASSSSSSSSSSSS!
Then you go out your way to create a similar epic look so that you can give off the same reaction to other spectators. True clothes freak are not jealous of other fashionistas because they respect the art and understand they are artist themselves. Hence, the art of style (we'll talk about that on another day). In a sense all fashionistas are struggling artist seeking for the right opportunity to display their work of art to the world.
4. You can't stop thinking about what to wear on any given occasion.
It does not matter what the occassion the place or situation, all you know is, I GOT TO LOOK GOOD! Work, school, interviews, lunch dates, fun nights with friends, and any given celebration is a perfect opportunity to play dress up!
3. You think of your clothes as your baby and may refuse to lend them out.
Growing up I was not allowed to share my clothes with my friends because I was taught people do not always treat your things the way you would treat your things. That stuck with me. Is it heard for you to lend out your favorite jeans or your polished DVF wrap dress? If yes, no worries you just might be a clothes freak. Because who truly but you has that connection with that garment. You have the story of when you bought it, when you wore it, the compliments you received and the feeling of looking your best. Just imagine a trusted friend borrows that perfect garment and mistreats it or never returns it. Sounds familiar?
2. Your shopping habits are sporadic.
Are you shopping for the hell of shopping? Do you find yourself getting off work heading to your favorite stores just to see what's new from yesterday or what's on sell today? Yeah clothes freak shop just to shop. No occasion needed, just the right price and fabulous clothes.
1. You need more than two closets to house all your clothes, shoes and accessories.
The #1 sign of a clothes freak is you have sooooo many clothes that they cannot all possibly fit in your bedroom closet. You find yourself putting your garments in other parts of the house (Remember Sex in the City character Carrie and how she used her stove to store shoes and whatever else?) and everywhere you turn feels like your own personal boutique. That my dear is a CLOTHES FREAK...Stay THRIFTY!
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