We’re thrilled about the number of people who want to find alternatives to new retail. We often get questions about thrift stores and requests to go with us on thrifting trips.
So we thought we would put together 10 tips to keep in mind on a thrifting adventure.
1. Hydration: If you haven’t hydrated properly and fueled up, thrifting is going to suck. Four to five hours in one store is a long time son! You don’t want to be cranky because your blood sugar is low and all fainty because you’re thirsty. Bring a water bottle and keep back ups in the car.
2. Comfortable Shoes: If you’re planning to wear your 4-inch stilettos and beat your face to the GAWDS to go thrifting, please stay home….no seriously. Stay home or go to the club. Between your poor aching feet and getting face paint on clothes and possibly leave stains you will be ready to go home empty handed.
3. Time: If you need to be somewhere immediately after shopping, this adventure is not for you. For people who really have a heart for thrifting, the thrill of the hunt and the victory of the find is fun. We can, and often do, sift and thrift for hours. HOURS!!! If you’re going thrifting with a serious thrifter, drive your own car.
4. Labels: We love to find great labels in thrift stores, but we go for great finds — well-known labels or not. You can find great name brands in thrift stores, but you might have better luck in consignment stores and on eBay.
5. Size Doesn’t Always Matter: If you are only looking for clothes in your size, you’ll probably leave the thrift store empty handed. Remember to consider the possibility of a piece and how you might incorporate it into your wardrobe, even if it isn’t your right size.
6. Endless Possibilities: If you can’t see the possibility in a piece of clothing, thrifting may not be for you. Sometimes (most times) the piece becomes great with your creativity.
7. Trying on Clothes: If you’re not comfortable with trying clothes on in front of 30-or 4o of your closest friends, this might not be for you. We dress in layers to accommodate the out-in-the-open dressing room (i.e.: no dressing room)
8. Commanding Space: If you’re not willing to command space or multiple shopping carts, you might need to step yo game up son! Think road rage (well not quite so mean, but you get the idea). A good offense is an even better defense.
9. Thrift? Vintage? Consignment?:Thrift? Vintage? Consignment?: One is a bargain basement free for all, one can be a reason for a retail operations to jack up their prices and another can be a mixture of both. Knowing the differences between a thrift store, vintage shop, and consignment shop, is important because they’re all very different shopping experiences and usually at very different price points. We rarely shop at the latter two. One is a bargain basement free for all, one can be a reason for a retail operations to jack up their prices and another can be a mixture of both. Knowing the differences between a thrift store, vintage shop, and consignment shop, is important because they’re all very different shopping experiences and usually at very different price points. We rarely shop at the latter two.
10. If you don’t like the idea of shopping with lower income people that’s your prerogative We’re privileged to not be poor, but we don’t shun the folks who shop at thrift stores because that’s all they can afford. We’re at the thrift store for good bargains and in many cases to give back to a good cause. Plus, it’s more fun than writing a check.