Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cheap can be Chic: Thrifting 101

Thrifting 101
Here's some things to keep in mind:
What you buy, you might not actually wear for awhile. Be willing to buy something and wait for the perfect piece to add with it. You don't thrift to find an outfit, you thrift to fatten your wardrobe.
Use thrifting to test out trends. If you get home and test a look out with your own shoes, jeans, ect and it doesn't work, it only cost you a couple of bucks vs. buying something retail for $$ and it sitting in your closet. Do not go looking in thrift stores for retail brands. The point of thrifting is to get one of a kind pieces not to buy a $30 gap sweater for $3. With that here's a good starting point when thrifting;
1. Look for staples; pencil skirts, work skirts, fitted dresses- you can accessorize or build on these with your own clothes
2. Blazers; fitted are expensive and most blazers in the womens section are boxy. If you dont find a good fitting one there head over to the boys section especially if you live in an area where kids wear uniforms to school
3. Actually check the boys section for everything; fitted t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets...
4. Jewelry; look for fun and interesting finds including clipons
5. Books; Get good books for like 50 cents!

Happy Shopping!


J.Shari said...

Yes! Give us more! I always had an issue of finding good finds at thrift stores. But now I see I was actually doing it wrong...mainly because I was going in hoping to find that Chanel blouse for cheap. So now I know where to start and what to look for. I def will be going to a thrift store this week....and trying out the boys section as well. Thanks for the tips!

J said...

It took me a while to get the hang of it too. Sometimes you'll get lucky with the designer stuff, once I found a pair of old school Ferragamo flats for $20. Believe it or not a lot of thrift stores including goodwill types have appraisers come in and price jewelery and authenticate designer things.

J. Graham said...

Great post! I live for thrift!