This is a response to this weeks Poll of the Week: Do you thrift? There’s still time, so don’t forget to take part! Just look to the right side of the page, at the top of the sidebar. I look forward to hearing your opinions. :3
Thrifting is just one of the many names of second-hand shopping, charity shopping and the like. Generally it’s going to a store of primarily second-hand and/or vintage clothes and looking through to find something great!
Tips for thrifting:
- Don’t forget to look at everything. I have a habit of directly moving towards anything black and ignoring everything else. Remember that you can dye fabric and white/red/etc accents look lovely!
- Try things on. This is another bad habit of mine. I see something I like and end up buying it before I even check the size. It may be cheap but you wouldn’t want to end up loving something that doesn’t fit. Altering things is really useful!
- Vintage clothing can be priced up and miss-labled, so be careful and look at all tags.
- Don’t go expecting anything in particular, you never know what you’ll find.
- Some stores may not wash clothes before they sell it and a smell could be attached. Remember to wash before you wear. Juliet’s Lace as a great article on tips for removing a stubborn odour here.
- Check the item inside and out for any flaws. This has happened to me a number of times, such as a ridiculously low cut neckline and the arms being horribly tiny compared to the chest.
- Only buy things you know you will wear. It tempting to buy everything you like because it’s really cheap but don’t. You’ll end up with a bunch of miss-mashed bits and pieces that you’ll never wear.
- Dedicate yourself to finding something you love. Look through boxes and underneath racks. I have a habit that Coen really hates. When I see a crate of old records I have to look through every single one – no matter how many.
- Saying that, take your time – at least on the things you know you want. Looking for a coat? Go straight to that section, take your time and then have a little look around the rest of the store.
- Don’t go just by size. I’m a size ten and fell in love with a sheer blouse that was.. a size ten! When I finally tried it on after buying it it turned out to be at least four sizes too large for me and unable to be altered.
If you have any tips you want to add, why not post them below?
Have a lovely day,