Thursday, February 2, 2012

My Thrifting Tips

Thrifting is one of my favorite things ever, for multiple reasons. Thrifting is probably the best way to fill the closet of an indecisive girl. My style has changed so much over the last year or so, and buying a wardrobe completely new to fill up my new trends would be extremely expensive. Not to mention I love finding cute elements in thrifting that you'd never find otherwise. 
I've thrifted for years, and I've picked up plenty of tips along the way. So I wanted to share a few dos and don'ts of thrift with you all! I hope you enjoy, and happy thrifting!

1: When you thrift, thrift like a pro
There is a difference between browsing a thrift store, and shopping at one. This means starting early, and going to several different thrift stores in one day. The benefit of going early is that you can get around easier with a cart, get through aisles with ease, and it also means that new merchandise just got added to the floor.
All of this increases the chances of you finding something great!

2: Thrifting isn't just about clothes

One of the best ways to decorate a house is through a thrift store. This is especially true if you love a vintage look, but thrift stores can also carry a large amount of new/recent merchandise. The glassware aisle is always full of potential. Thrifted mason jars are some of the best craft or DIY bases known to man. But dishes aren't the only thriftable house item. There are sure to be some awesome furniture pieces at your local thrift dive as well.


This kick-ass lighthouse-lamp was a Goodwill find. It looks adorable in our living room, and it's something I would have probably never seen otherwise.
Always look at all the sections of your thrift store!

3: Look at pieces not as they are, but as what they could be
This crazy print sweater isn't the best example, but quite frankly, I'm too lazy to go take different pictures. Anyway! Not everything you purchase thrifting will look great by itself. This sweater looks a bit like a technicolor pimp coat while it hangs up in my closet. But on me paired with a pretty basic blouse and jean, it gets a little more evened out.
When it comes to thrift, you have to look at everything with potential. I've made over plenty of vintage dress disasters by with a few snips and tucks. If you love the print and hate the cut, take it home! Clothes are easy to make over when you put your mind to it.

4: When in doubt, put it in your cart anyway.

If you see something that you love, go ahead. Throw (or in this case, put in gently) the item in your cart/basket. I wasn't sure if I actually wanted to buy this set when I saw it, but I was pretty sure that I wanted to take it home. Going ahead and putting it in my cart made sure that no one else could scoop it up while I was making my mind up. If you don't know how long you're going to be in the store, go ahead: put it in.
5: ALWAYS open cases!!

If you see an older looking case while scouring a thrift store, open it. You never know what might be inside, and it could very well be something great! I found this vintage typewriter in a thrift store that's closing down soon, in a ratty ass case. I mean, this case was actually pretty hard to get open. But if I hadn't, I would have missed out on a three dollar type writer. 
6: Know when to walk away

Just in case you couldn't tell, I bought the vintage stone wear dishes. But that means that I DON'T NEED ANYMORE. Between my new purchase and my grandmother's awesome collection, I've filled up my entire cabinet with vintage dishes. I love having them, and I'm really glad for the collection. But as a thrifter, you've got to know when you need something, and when you just want something. Treats for yourself aren't always bad! But it's also to remember when to walk away from a find. 

7: If you go often, you're bound to find some great pieces

Thrifting is about really hunting. And that's one of my personal favorite parts! When you frequently thrift, you're bound to find some great (and otherwise unattainable) pieces. My great find of the day were these Dr. Martens boots. No laces, but I love the texture of them. I really do. 

I hope you use the tips, I hope they help, and happy thrifting <3
Until next time, stay golden.

-Trina Belle