Can I start out by saying that I really love when you guys share my posts, either through reblogging or social media, like Twitter? WordPress protects the privacy of your personal accounts, so I have no idea who shares on Pinterest, etc., so I can’t thank you all individually. Just know I appreciate it.
Speaking of sharing, I don’t usually do clothing posts, but I thought I’d share with you some of my thrift store finds. Thrift stores get a bad rap, such that most people try to rebrand them “vintage.” Let’s be real for a second. Vintage means the item is from another era. 1950s is vintage, 2012 is second-hand and I’m not ashamed to call it that because some of these finds are just awesome. Everything pictured was less than $10.00!
Okay, okay, enough bragging. I want to share some tips for shopping for used clothing:
- Target specialty stores. Goodwill is great. I would never knock it, but sometimes it’s easier to look in second hand stores that specialize in a certain style of clothes. Buffalo Exchange and Platos Closet are chain second hand stores that specialize in clothing for teen and twenty-somethings.
- Hit up a local college’s end of the semester rummage sale. This is seriously the best kept secret. Any college with dorms is going to have students that leave stuff behind—a lot of stuff. Sometimes the colleges get rid of this stuff by selling it for cheap. One of those dresses up there? I won’t say what college it came from, but it cost me $0.25! That’s right. Less than $1.00. And I get compliments all the time.
- Be prepared to dig. Okay, even if you find a specialty store for you style and age group, you are still going to have to dig. Why? Well compare it to a normal store. A regular clothing store has the same amount of clothes, but many of these items are duplicates in different sizes, you know? So more than one person can buy that type of shirt? No such luck at second hand shops: all different styles, all different sizes.
- If it doesn’t fit, walk away. This is the hardest lesson. If you find something you love at a thrift store and it doesn’t fit, it isn’t meant to be. Honestly, nothing looks good if it doesn’t fit right. That’s the hard truth of second hand shopping
Happy hunting ladies! Do you thrift shop? What are your tips? Don’t forget to comment and share!