I don’t know about you but I LOVE a good thrifting experience. The problem is if you aren’t a seasoned veteran the whole experience can be overwhelming. For this Style Wise Wednesday post we wanted to share 3 reasons we are pro-thrifting and how you can be successful at it.
Reasons We Love Thrifting
1. Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle
We are not oblivious to the fashion industry’s excessive contribution to waste. We absolutely love the idea that what no longer works for someone else can work for you. When you thrift you are playing your small but vital role in reducing waste!
You can also do this by NEVER throwing away clothes that still have life in them. Donate them to a local women’s shelter or thrift store. The inverse is true as well that what no longer works for you can work for someone else!
2. It’s Romantic
Vintage items tell a story both of the woman that own them previously and the designer/company that produced them. I own a purse that dates back to the 1950s or 1960s. It’s excellent condition and it’s small size lead me to believe that it wasn’t an everyday bag for the woman who owned it. Maybe she was like me and it was one of many. Or maybe she had just two and only carried this for special occasions. The unique clasp shows me how much innovation brought us to the current magnetic snap on most handbags.
When thrifting with Lindsey a few weekends ago I spotted a beautiful long coat (that I still can’t get my mind off of) that was made right here in Dayton, OH. The company dates back to the 1970s (so it’s totally back in style!) I can imagine that the woman who wore it first had a certain flair for the dramatic, while still being incredibly chic.
Maybe this doesn’t make your heart go pitter-patter like it does mine, but give it a thought the next time you come across a vintage piece.
3. Style is Cyclical
I’m officially old enough to say that multiple trends have made a reappearance since my childhood. How that is possible, I’m not sure. Haha! But now I get why we women have trouble letting things go. It for sure will be “in” again!
So instead of hoarding all. the. things. for years on end, let go of what you don’t wear and hit up the thrift store when it’s back in!
Tips for Successful Thrifting
1. Prepare to be Overwhelmed
If you are used to racks filled with multiple sizes of the same item, you will likely be overwhelmed with the chaos of a thrift store. The key here is to minimize additional stressors because while most thrift stores attempt some form of organization, it kind of is what it is. Go alone (sans kids or impatient shoppers – kind of looking at you Lindsey! Haha). Don’t go when you are short on time. Grab a coffee and prepare to browse slowly.
2. Get Up In There
Let’s just say you are looking at jeans. You are for sure going to be missing out if you don’t get in there with both hands and push back the items for easy viewing. If the rack has no wiggle room, you have to pull each piece out to really know if it is worthy of considering.
3. Look For Classics
Some things just never go out of style. The Chanel tweed jacket that I am wearing in the photo is one of those things. I saw the classic pattern, told Lindsey it looked like Chanel, and proceeded to have my jaw drop when I realized it actually was Chanel!! For only $10.99!!
Blazers are another classic item to look for while thrifting. The thing with a blazer is that you can pretty much get away with anything. Sleek, oversized, cropped, long, shoulder pads, patterned, solid are all characteristics of good blazers.
4. Go Crazy!
Haha! But seriously, the thrift store is where you buy the things that you wouldn’t typically wear and TRY them out. Worst case scenario you’re out 5 bucks and it ends up at the thrift store again during your next closet purge. It’s a no harm, no foul way to step out of your comfort zone with fashion!
Take mom jeans, for example. Maybe you’re loving the concept but aren’t quite ready to shell out $100 on a pair of 501s (Levi’s). Try a $5 pair from the thrift store! You may still want the 501s eventually but by then you will know if it really works with your style.
5. Be Style Wise
I often leave the thrift store bursting with outfit inspiration. What I realized was that without even thinking about it I was styling each piece that I found at least 2-3 ways in my mind. I began to use it as a rule of thumb. If I can’t think of at least 2 ways to style an item, then it really doesn’t deserve space in my closet!
Ready To Go Thrifting?!
Let us know if you put any of these tips to the test! Already an avid thrifter? Tell us YOUR tips!!
Be sure to check out our Thrift Haul to see our recent finds!