Contributed by: Tijana of A Plentiful Life, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert.
I post about thrift shopping often and people always ask me how I do it! I figured it was time to share a few tips on thrifting and it turns out The Salvation Army Thrift Store is having a 30% sale this Friday so you can put these to the test! After I posted about my thrift store haul last week I received several messaging asking if I could take people thrifting! A few of my friends even volunteered so I decided to take them out thrift shopping and share all of my tips in person. As a bonus we made a video of our adventure you can see below!
HAVE A PLAN
It can be overwhelming walking into a thrift store if you don’t know what you want. If you are new to thrift shopping making a list of items you want this season is key! It will help you focus and hunt for items easily. If you don’t know the style of shirt you want, having colour inspiration or style of clothing can simplify shopping. I love the Salvation Army Thrift Store because all of their clothing are organized by colour!
LET THE SIZE GO
When looking for clothing don’t limit yourself to one size, branch out! I find clothing that fits great in a different sections all the time. You have to remember some of this clothing is vintage or may be an odd size or sometimes people move the clothing around so it ends up in the wrong section. Take a chance on a different size.
LOOK AT THE TAG
When I am thrifting I always feel the material and check the tags. You might see a great shirt, look at the label and think it’s cheap, but when you check the material tag it’s actually silk. Also checking the brand is always a great idea since you can find quality items for a lot less. I recently found a pair of Free People faux leather pants for $4 at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. Looking at the pants I might have passed them up, but when I checked the tag I was thrilled!
TRY IT ALL ON
Unlike a department store where you look in your size and pick out one or two items, the thrift store is a numbers game. Every piece of clothing you are attracted to or really like the style, take it with you. I usually go into the changing room with an arm load of clothing, it guarantees I am going to come out with a few items.
EVERY PURCHASE IS A WIN
If you walk into a thrift store with a plan, try on a handful of clothes and only walk out with 2 pieces, you’re doing really great. Thrifting is a process. Maybe you have your summer clothing dream list, it might take you four trips to the thrift store to find everything you want, but that’s part of the fun! At the end when you have refreshed your wardrobe, it’ll feel like a win!
GO SHOPPING ON A WHIM
Thrift shopping can get frustrating is when you walk away empty handed. This happens most often for me when I stop in and think I can magically find something amazing. The thing is, I don’t know what I am looking for or what I really want, I am simply hoping to find something.
BUY ITEMS THAT DON’T FIT
I think this is an easy trap to fall into, I am definitely guilty of it! You find an amazing designer top, it’s beautiful, you want it, but it’s two sizes too big. You reason with yourself by saying oh I can tuck it in or wear a belt or maybe alter it. They never work! It’s best to walk away, or the piece of clothing will most likely end up back at the thrift store.
PURCHASE SOMETHING NOT TO WALK AWAY WITH NOTHING
Sometimes I walk into the thrift store with a plan, knowing exactly what I want, I try on an armful of clothing, but nothing works. Maybe it doesn’t fit or the colour isn’t right or it’s too big. It’s really easy to buy a piece of clothing that kind of works, saying to yourself, it’s only $4. The thing is, those $4 purchases add up. They also sit in your closet and can sometimes make you feel like you have nothing to wear. Best to leave empty handed than make a purchase you’ll regret.
HERE’S A LOOK BACK OVER SOME GREAT FINDS I HAVE BOUGHT AT THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE IN HONOUR OF NATIONAL THRIFT SHOP DAY.
In the photo below the yellow linen pants, wedge heels and straw hat are thrifted.
In the photo below the Anthropolgie dress and blue clutch are thrifted.
In the photo below the straw hat, and Wilfred Free blue romper were thrifted.
In the photo below the denim shirt and weekender bag were thrifted.
Hope this inspires you to look for some thrifted items for your fall wardrobe! Be sure to share your finds with me.