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Five Tips to Maximize Your Thrift Finds

Updated: Apr 30, 2020


Photo by Brad K. on Flickr


The most consistent question I get when it comes to thrifting is, “Can I go thrifting with you?!” While I’m always open to thrift with company, I make sure to express that finding pieces at a thrift store is achieved by knowing your style and knowing what to do/not to do, not necessarily by who you go with.


Because of this, I wanted to share a few things that I’ve picked up over the years that have the potential to increase your chances of having a successful thrift experience.


Wear clothes that are easy to change in and out of. You’re undoubtedly going to try on clothes when thrifting. By wearing clothes and shoes that are easy to take on and off, you’re able to save yourself a lot of time and energy. Unfortunately, some shops don’t have dressing rooms that allow you to change in private. Wearing something that you can easily slip on and off will save you from buying something that doesn’t fit.


Know your jeans size equivalent. Before I started thrifting, I had never purchased jeans in terms of 25/26/27. But more often than not, thrift shops go by that size system as opposed to 5/7/9 sizes. Knowing the equivalents of your size will save you from guessing and the hassle of having to try on multiple sizes.

Photo by Mzn from Pexels Three pairs of jeans, light-wash, dark-wash and black.

Plan to look for something specific. Some disagree with this tip, but I’ve found that going into a shop with a sliver of an idea of what I’m looking for sets me up to have a more productive thrift day. Going in with a specific color, pattern or texture of fabric can help get the ball rolling.


Look in both men and women sections. My go-to section in thrift shops is the men’s section because I find some of the most comfy and oversize pieces there. (P.S the men’s section has the BEST coats and jackets).


Set aside time to thrift. One big difference between shopping at a secondhand shops versus fast fashion stores is thrift shops will hardly, if ever, have two or more of the same item. Because of this, your best bet for finding pieces is looking through each and every piece of clothing on the rack. This not only requires patience, but time as well. Pick a day of the week and plan your shopping day accordingly so that you can maximize your finds!

Photo by Carla Burke from Pixabay Colorful, mix-matched patterned blouses and sweaters on clothing rack inside a thrift store.

Happy Thrifting!


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