4 RULES FOR THRIFTING LIKE A PRO
"I'm gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket...."
Thrifting isn’t just for old ladies and broke college students anymore, it’s for everyone. Thrifting or “vintage” shopping has become the norm and very on trend for any age and any socio-economic background. There is even a rap song talking about the joys of thrifting by Macklemore…FYI the song was a hit! So, if you haven’t been thrifting yet, what are you waiting for?
One thing I love about thrifting, besides the prices, is that some of the items you buy can be better quality than the $20 clothes you buy at any of the fast-fashion stores. Fast fashion is the name given to any fashion that is manufactured quickly and inexpensively to keep up with the current clothing trends. The clothes are not only cheaply made, with poor synthetic fabrics, but the working conditions of the employees in the third world countries that make them is not always the best. Buying vintage or thrifting helps recycle the clothes that are already taking up room on our planet. Plus, the materials they used back then are way sturdier than what we use now.
Here are four tips that will make your journey to your local thrift store more productive and easier:
1. Be Open-Minded: Keep in mind that this is not Saks-Fifth Avenue or even Ross Dress for Less. Most thrift stores are not neat, orderly or even overly clean. You will have to push people out of your way to dig for the good stuff, but it’s worth it.
2. Location: Do your research! Look up the best thrift stores or vintage shops in your area before you go. You want to make sure you pick one that has great reviews so you don’t head there and waste your time.
3. Time: Make sure you have enough time to truly search for the goodies in the midst of all the other items. Sometimes the pot of gold may take a while to find. So, go there knowing that it’s a marathon not a sprint.
4. Another Pair of Eyes: Take a friend! Two eyes are better than one and what you don’t see they will see. Make sure it’s a friend who has different tastes than you so you don’t end up losing your friendship over a pair of shorts…lol!
Remember to always try everything on because I have yet to go to a thrift store that has a return policy. Always dry-clean and wash everything when you get home!
Thrifting is a sport! It not only helps the environment but you will find good things if you have patience and an open mind. This patterned suit I’m wearing was found at my local thrift store. I paired it with an Ankara bandeau top (@sgtcclothing)and a pair of bright pink heels from Forever21. This suit is everything and I found it in less than 10 minutes at my local vintage shop.
Emma Ford www.houseofodara.com