11/8/12

Guest Post: Secrets of a Self-Proclaimed Thriftista

Today's guest post is brought to you by the lovely Kara!  Here, she shares some of her tips for having a successful thrift shopping experience!  For any of you thrifting newbies out there, this post's for you! Check it out!

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by Kara Stevens



The price of my Morgan Oakley red bag? $7. My hot pink Marc Jacobs pumps? $5!
The cost of my Diane Von Fursterberg  sexy, silk dress $0.10. Yes, that is not a typo.  10 cents.

I’m a thriftista and have been thrifting for over fifteen years and want to share some tips to make your next thrifting excursion is productive and fun—whether its your first time or your 100th time.

1.Keep Your Cell Phone Close To Do Quick Searches For Unfamiliar Designers
Come across a cute item, but are not sure that its worth the price? Solution: take out your phone and do a quick search.  Remember that Morgan Oakley bag that I scored for $7?  Before doing an on-spot search to find out that this designer’s bags average upwards of $300 and $400 dollars, I had NO idea who Morgan Oakley was. I just thought it was a cute, red bag. But now I know, it’s a designer, high-end, cute, red, which makes the buy even more worthwhile!


2.Wear Tights or Leggings To Make Trying On Simple
The return policies are basically non-existent and many do not have fitting rooms.  Wearing tights or leggings allows you to slip into bottom quickly and takes the guess work out of figuring out if you should take it with you.

3.Find Out Your Thrift Stores’ Discount Days
Many thrift stores schedule days where they slash prices on the already discounted items in the store.  Plan your visit around those days and save the extra cash for something else!


4.Check Out The Men’s and Boys’ Section
Who says that just because you are a lady, you have to shop in the women’s department?  I have found some cute blazers, button-down shirts, and cardigans in these department.
And quiet as kept: some women like to hide their goodies in the men’s and boys’ department, so they can come back for them when they are on discount.


5. Shop For the Sole and the Other Soul
If you love reading and as much as you love shopping, then make you to check out the book sections of your local thrift store before existing. From personal experience, I have been introduced to ideas and authors that normally I would have passed on because they were both unfamiliar and the cover price of the books. Thanks to my local Salvation Army, I have been able to expand my personal libraries and body of knowledge!

6. Keep It Clean
With all the touching of gently-worn, worn, and straight-up unclean clothes, it’s a smart idea to keep a little hand sanitizer in your bag and use it after your shopping excursion.  And even though it goes without saying, let’s also remember to launder our finds before wearing them.


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Kara blogs at Fabulous N Frugal, an online home for all things girl power, wealth management, and juicy living. Follow Kara @fabandfrugal on Twitter. I look forward to your feedback!



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3 comments:

Leah said...

The last five suggestions are good, but most thrifters I know don't care even a little about designer labels. If I find a shirt that I know I'm going to wear often and then find out it's some high end brand, it is worth no more to me than before I knew that.

Fashion Without Guilt said...

These were some great suggestions. I have really wanted to start thrift shopping and I am starting this weekend. WISH ME LUCK.

Fashion Without Guilt

Anonymous said...

Also remember to check the girl's section of the thrift store. Some employees will mistakenly put women's items there!

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