When I go thrifting, it feels exciting to think about what you might find. The thrill of the hunt becomes the reason most people shop at a thrift store. When looking through a thrift store, you can think outside the box, envisioning a new life for the secondhand item. The clothing might not necessarily in season, but you can certainly express your personal style in a way that remains relevant to the current trends.
3 Hacks You Should Know About Before Thrift Shopping
Consider buying dirty items
First impressions can be deceiving. It becomes easy for us to pass over a pair of sneakers or a piece of furniture because we see them covered in a layer of grime. However, you should know that almost anything can be cleaned and be restored in its former glory. It can look brand new with the right supplies and a little elbow grease. The internet is your friend, use it as such.
Sometimes, you may have a specific vision in mind for an outfit. However, you can’t seem the perfect used version of it. Luckily, with a little creativity, anything you find at a thrift store can be completely revamped. You can flip any item with some paint, a needle, and a thread. Look for items with good bones that remain the right size and shape for your needs. Then, go for there.
Recognize valuable items
Focusing on finding brand-name items from recognizable companies becomes one of the many mistakes a beginner thrift shopper makes. Sure, finding a used Banana Republic wrap dress is a thrift shopper’s dream. But, it’s important to go beyond the big brands and learn markers of quality. Always have your phone in hand and look up brand names to get an idea of what the original price point was and whether or not it’s worth your money.
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Angela Grace P. Baltan is a Communication graduate from Colegio de San Juan de Letran. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, and mental health among others.