Why thrift shopping? Well, it’s good for the environment, most thrift shops raise money for great causes, and it can be a lot of fun!
Read my tips and tricks for getting the most out of your thrift shopping adventures!
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When I did my readers’ survey, I asked you all how I could help you better through this often fun and sometimes frustrating task of dressing ourselves every day! One reader wanted a list of tips for thrift shopping. I did a post like this last year, so regular readers might recognize some of these tips, but hey, it’s always good to do an update and add more ideas. Plus it’s nice to have new readers here to share ideas with!
I decided writing this post was as good a reason as any to head to a local thrift store to do some exploring. I found this fabulous tie dye tunic for $3! I also bought a skirt at the same time that I loved, BUT I read the tag wrong (damn middle-aged eyesight) and the sizing was UK. Oh well … lessons learned: #1 bring your readers #2 try stuff on & #3 if you make a mistake donate it back to be resold .. it’s for a good cause, right?!
The most important rule is: only do it if you enjoy it. Thrift shopping isn’t for everyone. I have friends who can’t stand the “interesting” smells and can’t find the patience to search through racks of junk. I get it. I like to thrift shop when I don’t need anything specific and when I can spend as much or little time as I feel like to hunt.
Where to Thrift
* Charity thrift stores – This is my favorite place to thrift. Anything you buy is for a good cause and the prices are often cheap. But be warned, the pricing can be really inconsistent. Volunteers are often pricing items, so you can get a great bargain, but it can work the other way too. Last week, saw a Zara blouse priced at $35. I doubt it cost that much new!
*Local consignment shops – In our area, we have Crossroads, Black and Brown, Moon Zoom, Our Secret, and others. Search online to see what’s available in your area and ask around as well.
*Flea Markets – It’s very seldom that I’ll get to a flea market and I think my husband dreads going with me because I always find some wacky thing I want to drag home, but I have found a few amazing things at the flea market, like a faux fur tote bag and a fun necklace. Warning: I would pass on the “designer” items because often they’re fake.
*Thred Up – An online thrift store with a variety of items and price points.
*Poshmark – A fun app to browse. I don’t buy much, but when I do, I’ve been really pleased.
*ebay – I haven’t bought clothing on eBay in awhile, but I have friends who swear buy it for buying and for selling as well.
Deciding to Buy or Pass
Make sure you really love it.
Check out the item carefully for rips, stains, buttons, etc.
Make sure it fits right. One frustrating thing about thrifting is that you can find the most perfect item, but if it doesn’t fit, what can you do? It’s not like you can ask for another size, right? Of course if you can do alterations or you love it enough to pay for alterations, that’s always a possibility too.
I always like to wash things as soon as I get them home. If something is machine washable, this is an easy step, but if it’s dry clean only, I need to decide if it’s worth the dry cleaning bill (or do I want to take a chance trying to wash it on the “sanitize” or “refresh” setting on my washer/dryer.)
I always say don’t go crazy just because things might be cheap, just like you wouldn’t want to go crazy at a good sale, buying stuff you don’t need. On the positive side, if you do over buy at a local charity thrift store, you can always just donate the items back and they can sell them again, right?
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So, do you like to thrift? Please feel free to add any tips to the comments below!!
How is everyone this week? Hope your summer is off to an amazing start!
About the blog: Fashion Should Be Fun is me talking to you, other middle aged women like me who are over 40, but not over fashion. We still want to look beautiful and stylish. We still want to have fun with trends. And we don’t need anyone giving us rules, because we’re all different. We all have own shapes and bodies, parts we’d like to cover and parts we still don’t mind showing off a bit. This is a place for me to share my love of fashion with you, style ideas, tips, trends, and inspiration. I know how liking the way we look can translate into confidence and energy. I know we have so much life left to live and so much adventure ahead of us. Let’s show the world you’re never too old to have fun and be fierce!
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