the broke girls guide to thrift store shopping

The Broke Girls Guide to Thrift Store Shopping

Thrift stores have been making a comeback lately. And depending on where you live also makes all the difference with how great your thrift store experience will be.

The reason most people hate the thrift store or why they can never find any amazing vintage pieces are 1. They are in a hurry 2. They look through a few thing and decide that its overwhelming and leave. 3. They don’t have an idea of what they are looking for.

These are my 10 tips on how to make the most of your thrift store experience and make some money at the same time.

the broke girls guide to thrift store shopping

Step1: Know what you’re looking for- Its very easy to get distracted in a thrift store, its cluttered and overwhelming, but this doesn’t give you permission to just pick up any and everything. (I sound like somebody’s mother right now lol) Know what you are looking for and only shop in those areas.

Step2: Set a budget- Whether it be $20 or $100. STICK TO THE BUDGET! Thank me later.

Step3: Stick to the plan- This refers back to number 1&2. Don’t just pick up everything you see because 9 times out of 10 you’ll never wear it or use it. Trust me on this!

Step4: Try things on – Not all thrift stores have a dressing room. So wear some tight clothing such as a fitted t-shirt and leggings. That way you can easy slip on items over your clothes to make sure they fit.

Step5: Don’t be afraid to buy things that are a few sizes bigger- If you see an item you really like i.e. a dress or a really cute pair of jeans get them anyway. Go to your local tailor or if you are good with a needle and thread tailor them yourself.

Step6: Buy Designer Items- Just because its not your taste doesn’t mean someone else may not like it. Remember you can always resale designer vintage pieces on sites like Poshmark or EBay. Make a few bucks, girl!

Step7: Wash everything before you wear it- That’s a no brainer right? You don’t know where the items have been so PLEASE wash everything before you wear it out.

Step8: Look for deals- Believe it or not most thrift stores have sales. You are probably thinking “Its a thrift store everything is already on sale.” I thought the same thing. As you enter the thrift store look at the front door, that’s where they will most likely post all the sales. They will say something like “All red tag items 99 cents.” If you forget to look at the door on your way in, ask one of the cashiers if there is a sale going on.

Step9: Check for holes, rips and stains- You might find that really cute jacket that you just can’t let go of, but once you take it home you realize there’s a gigantic hole in the pocket. Or you find this super gorgeous dress and you take it home to find out there’s a stain on the bottom of it. Now if you’re ok with that then by all means go ahead and buy it, but these are the things you should look at.

Step10: Don’t rush!- I can’t stress this enough. If you have other things you need to do first, do those things first because you will need at least 1-2 hours to fully look around.

the broke girls guide to thrift store shopping

Bonus Tip: Know your size- All clothing does not run true to size. You don’t want to waste money on something you won’t get any use out of.

What are some of your thrift store tips? Sharing is caring so leave a comment below.

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  • Reply isadoramaria August 14, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Love this post! You gave some great tips! I love thrifting too,its so much fun and you can always find some unique pieces too!

    • Reply The Broke Black Chick August 14, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks! Oh gosh I was still typing and forgot I scheduled it for 11:30 haha… I agree you can definitely find unique pieces as well if you are will to look around

  • Reply Kat August 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I regularly check thrift shops and Goodwill, and have found fantastic, like new items from White House Black Market, J.Crew, Lucky Brand etc. I was bummed, because they were never in my much larger size. then I got a genius idea… why not buy them anyway? I started scooping them up and selling them on eBay and have made a bundle! I then use that money as my own clothes shopping budget. Just another idea to keep in mind!

    • Reply The Broke Black Chick August 15, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      I never really thought of doing that.. That’s a really good idea, why not make a few bucks! I will definitely be doing that in the future, especially with me being a college student I need all the money I can get! Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Myra Caballero August 22, 2014 at 1:05 am

    I adore thrift stores. Your tips are spot on. Great post!

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