I must admit, I used to hate going to thrift shops and consignment stores. I hated the smell, the lack of organization, and the fact of knowing that someone else previously wore my clothing. Gross! (Not really. Dry cleaning anyone?)
Thank God I wised up and learned that thrift stores have some truly fabulous things!!!1. Locate the best stores in your area.
Do a simple Google search and see what other shoppers are saying. The best stores can be found this way. 2. Plan a day of thrifting.
Prepare ahead of time and get plenty of rest. It's impossible to thrift when you're tired. 3.Foster relationships with the managers and employees.
This is something so easy to do but so helpful. Strike up a conversation at check out or simply ask them for advice. You'd be surprised at what they're willing to tell you; things like new shipments, ultra sales, or even provide you with an additional discount. At one of my favorite locations, the manager always gives me an additional 50% off my purchase. Absolutely crazy! 4. Shop the season's trends.
Every season things of yesteryear become new again. I remember going to thrift stores and making fun of the very same floral printed pants, bright bottoms, and pastel denims that are gracing the runways today. Why spend full price on a "trend" when you can easily walk into a thrift store and choose to your heart's delight. They literally have every color of the rainbow! 5. Collect and then evaluate.
When I go thrifting, I automatically take a cart. When I see something I like or love, I throw it in the cart for further evaluation later. The thing about thrifting is there's usually only one. So if you see it, pick it up. It may not be there when you circle back. 6. Visit the men's section.
It's just like shopping in your husband's closet. Check out the men's button ups and blazers. You'll find some amazing things that can easily be re-purposed. Besides, where do you think the idea of shirt dresses came from? 7. Check out the accessories.
I love accessories at thrift shops! Most of my waist belts come from thrift stores and usually only cost me $1. One whole dollar! You can also find some great vintage jewelry that will truly be one of a kind.Phew! That was a lot! To all my style mavens, did I miss anything? Feel free to add to the list.