Ever since I rekindled my love for vintage clothes a few years ago, I began rediscovering the joy of thrifting. Charity shops and junk shops, I have found, are the best places for finding unique one-off pieces for a dirt cheap price. I have recently been having clear out in order to make space for some new things, so I have been on the hunt for some bold, stand-alone pieces that will bring some life back into my wardrobe. As I go along, I have made some rookie errors when it comes to thrifting and thought I would share with you some of my tips for a successful thrifting experience.
There has been many a time where I have gone out thrifting with the intention of buying one thing and I end up coming home with the entire store. I know it can be tempting to buy everything, but I always find that I only end up wearing a few of the items I purchased and the rest ends up being dumped in the back of my wardrobe, never to see the light of day again. Keep in mind (if you can) to only buy what you absolutely fall in love with, all the other items that you can’t vision wearing, or are a bit iffy about – put back!
Normally you would think to ignore all of the other sections in a store such as the mens, costume, fabric, and home sections, but do not! I have found a number of great pieces, especially in the mens sections and also some cute items for my bedroom and DIY projects in the home and fabric sections. If you love baggy jumpers and oversized baseball tops like me, then the mens section is a gold mine.
A rookie error I always make is not trying things on. Whether that be thrifting or buying from a regular store, I always assume that it will fit if it says small on the label, but the truth is you can never know until you try! There is always a dressing room, so definitely make use of that facility to ensure that you don’t end up with clothes that don’t bloody fit.
I always try to be bold when I am picking out items at the thrift store, there is so much variety it is always a great idea to push the bar out and get something that you would not usually wear. Stepping out of my comfort zone with fashion has definitely made me a more confident person and you can find some pretty vibrant, crazy pieces, so try and be bold.
In most charity shops you can ask a member of staff whether they have had a particular item handed in and they will be able to check in their stock if they have it. Also, in my local charity shop I asked the manager to inform me if any 90s platforms or Dr Marten boots were handed in. This can be really useful, especially if you are looking for something specific, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Those were my top tips for great thrifting, do you have any tips or advise that I didn’t include? What is the best item you picked up at a charity shop?