6 Tips for Thrifting Like You Got Some Damn Sense
Do you pledge allegiance to the #ThriftDrip?
Follow these 6 rules and let me know what you're working with in the comments!
1) Don't read the label.
I eyeball everything when I cook, and the same rule applies to my thrifting experience. I'm not going to count a blouse out because the tag might say something two sizes larger than what I'm used to. Remember, people were wayyyy smaller years ago, and I fully believe that you can make the best looks out of incorporating items that might be a little roomier.
2) Grab with the flow.
Patterns or textures jumping out at you? You better snatch that up quick! You can always put it back later if you decide a piece isn't for you, but you can't leave it sitting there from jump and expect for it to be there waiting for you once you may your way back around. This ain't ya mama's favorite fast fashion purveyor of duplicate styles in an endless rainbow of colors.
3) Embrace the ugly.
Listen...we've all taken part in some pretty embarrassing trends back in the day. It happens. Thrifting ins't the time to fixate on "cute" or "timeless," because everything comes back around eventually (just like that memory of the bangs you cut on yourself in sixth grade like your mother wouldn't notice). That ugly skirt might be your next statement piece, and who doesn't love being bold every once in a while?
4) Look for long-lost cousins, not twins.
After you've picked up a few pieces that you know are coming home with you, try to find a commonality between them. Maybe you chose items that fall into a warm color palette? Or may you were drawn to shirts made out of thin materials? Notice what you notice, and then try to find other items to round out the overall aesthetic. For the latter example, I'd probably look for bulkier items like sweaters or cardigans that can help transition a thinner shirt into the cooler months.
5) Don't be greedy.
If you KNOW you don't really see it for an item, just put it back. Ain't no looking back in thrifting, and when you do go home with those new pieces, think about the items already in your closet that you're willing to let go. You know...the ones you swore you would wear eventually that probably still have all the tags on them.
6) Draw your line in the discount sand.
Sales have the unique ability to make you throw wads of cash at fully clothed people, so if you're anything like me you might need to give yourself a pep talk and set boundaries in advance. For example, I typically try to hold myself to a 5 item limit depending onwhat sorts of deals are accompanying my purchases.