Thrift stores, in my opinion, are a great and cheap way to add much needed essentials to your wardrobe. The possibilities are endless when it comes to thrift shopping, in comparison to a bargin store like Tj Maxx or Gabes, who receive inventory once a week, thrift stores have the capability to receive new products every day!
My first blazer (pictured above) I ever owned was purchased at Goodwill for 5 dollars and it was the PERFECT fit and still fits to this day.. It was a grey sports blazer, the brand I did not know, but I loved it. Every since then I knew that I could be dapper without spending loads of money. Over the years I have spent a lot more time in thrift stores and bargain stores like KG Fashion super store and I have learned 5 tips that have made thrift shopping a lot easier.
1.) Know What You Want- Literally, ANYTHING can be in a thrift store, so if you don't go in with a specific plan you could spend over four hours searching through all the possibilities of items that could be in the thrift store.
2.) Know Your Size- From personal experience, you should have an idea of your sizes and how you want your clothes to fit. Being that some of the clothes in the thrift store have been moderately used, tags are missing so the thrift store will organize the clothes how they see fit, which could lead to incorrect placement. Which leads into my next tip.
3.) Try the Clothes On- DONT TRUST THE HANGER TAGS.......just trust me on this one.
4.) Check the Clothing- Check for blemishes within the clothing such as stains, holes and tears.
5.) Open-mindedness and Creativity- Depending on the area you live in, there may or may not be a lot of big brand clothing in your thrift store. You have to be creative at times and not be so hung up on only wearing name brand. Its always best to have your own style and not just settle for being fashionable.
What are your thrift store tips? What's your best/worst experience with thrift shopping? You think these tips were helpful? Share it to keep a friend from wasting countless hours ina thrift store!!!
Until Next time
The Dapper King