How To Thrift Shop Like A Pro (Where! How! Why!)By The DivaGals | February 26, 2018 | Food Fashion Style
Hey Divas! Our fearless and Divalicious EIC is about to head out on another adventure needs to buy a ton of outfits for all these excursions. She has a simple solution that is located in pretty much every neighborhood, but you may have bypassed as a viable option. We’re talking thrift stores, ladies!
If you’re fans of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis‘ hit song, “Thrift Shop,” you know that thrift and vintage shopping is a celeb fave pastime! Now we understand there is so much pressure on buying the next best thing, being on-trend and looking like you’ve stepped off the pages of a magazine. But Divas, you can turn some thrift store finds into fashionable additions to your wardrobe. Not to mention you’ll be supporting charity and saving the environment by reusing existing items, and also making a small stand for humanity, as most cheap clothing is produced unethically and often winds up in landfills.
How To Thrift Shop Like A Pro
Start With Location
Want to find designer duds at a fraction of the price? Here’s a secret: for top-end brands in a thrift store, go shopping in the most affluent areas. These thrift stores are full of second-hand designer clothing. Sure, you may pay a little more for these than non-branded clothes, but scoring a Carmen Marc Valvo for $12 bucks is worth breaking out the Hamilton!
Seek Out The Vintage Finds
Did you know that fashion is cyclical every 20 years or so? That means that everything old is new again! After you’ve done your research on the trends of the season, take your inspiration Pinterest and hit the thrift stores. We’re pretty sure you’ll find most of the latest trends in some comparable form in there. You can thrift shop like a pro by digging deep online to find your trends as well. Poshmark is full of items just waiting to be snatched up!
Go Alter It!
You’re in the thrift shop and you find a sweet item that you love that just isn’t in your size. Honey, don’t let that put you off! You can easily resize and refit a shirt or a pair of pants to fit- especially if you have a sewing machine handy. And if you don’t, you can always take them to someone who does. Did we mention that our thrift-loving EIC actually redesigns entire pieces? She’s learned so many ways to refashion your clothing at the popular YouTube site Blueprint DIY. Check out Angelina‘s channel for more on redesigning and altering advice.
One of the reasons we love thrifting is there is always the possibility of finding a good quality piece – for a lot less. Clothing from the past was a lot more durable than what is produced now, and better materials were sourced. A leather jacket made in the sixties or seventies can still be going strong today. Try a curated second-hand shop where potential sellers have brought their gently used quality items to make a commission. You’ll pay a little more than a general thrift store like Savers, Goodwill, the Salvation Army or the for-profit thrift chain Red, White and Blue, but it will be so worth the (discounted) price.