I enjoy thrift shopping. I find really cool things when I go. You got to have time and patience, and that's what count when hunting for that bargain. Here are some thrift store shopping tips that I abide by:
Before you go...
- Eat before you go or take a small bag of chips or something. You're going to need the energy.
- Dress comfortably. If you're going to be there for a while, you might as well be comfortable while digging through those racks. When I go, I wear a tank, sometimes a long pull on skirt, and some flip flops just in case the store doesn't have fitting rooms or if they're all full.
- Take some kind of allergy medication. If you're like me, the dust and musty smell of the store really gets to me, so I pop a couple of Benedryl or Claritin before I go. Last week, I didn't take any and plus I still had a nasty cough from my illness, so I was about to die in there.
While you're there...
- Check your items for stains, ripped seams, missing buttons, etc. Some stuff can easily be repaired- snatch it up and fix it when you get home. If it looks unrepairable, leave it. So not worth it even though it's cheap. As for shoes, I make sure they are in like new condition. Sure, you might find some shoes with minor wear to them, and that's okay, just as long as they're not completed busted. Please don't buy busted ass shoes. Why would you want to?
- Scour. Every. Single. Area. You might find your "gem" hidden in a place it doesn't belong.
- Don't expect fitting rooms to be there. Some thrift stores have them, some don't. If you happen to be in a store where there's no fitting rooms, see line #2 above in "before you go".
After the hunt is over...
- Wash and repair your items. The first thing I do before I wear my items is launder them and fix that missing button or sew that seam up if needed. Always, always, always (I can't stress this enough) wash the garments before you wear them. You don't know where those clothes have been, so wash them to be on the safe side. As for shoes, spray the insides with a disinfectant spray or wipe down with an antibacterial cloth. Clean scuff marks if you have some (I heard nail polish remover works well).
- Rock it and rock it well. A few gals who know how to rock the hell out of their thrift store finds- Thrifty Fashionisa, Vintage Bunny, and I Spy Thrift Eye. Check em' out. Oh, and check out Soul Tanggg. That girl finds some awesome stuff for super cheap.