Here at ModCloth, thrifting is a way of life, and we wanted to share with you some of the knowledge we’ve picked up along the way. Here are some of our best tips for thrift store shopping:
*Shop often – If you’re serious about finding amazing items, it’s best to shop at least once a week. When and how often thrift stores put out new items varies per store – ask an employee how often new items are put out and plan accordingly.
*For the best variety, shop a variety of thrift stores – Check out thethriftshopper.com to search for all the thrift stores in your area.
*Inspect all items very carefully — look for torn seams, missing buttons, broken zippers, stains, or any other imperfection. Know what you can deal with and what is unsalvageable.
*Found the perfect item but it’s flawed? Get creative with cover ups — would a brooch cover the imperfection on that vintage silver clutch? More…
*Don’t just look in your size — A way-too-small coat might have the most fabulous vintage buttons that you can reuse — and items too big can always be taken in if you have the sewing skills.
*Don’t just shop in the women’s section – We’ve found cute stuff in the kid’s section and the men’s section — sometimes no altering necessary. Look for cute tees in both the boy’s and girl’s section, and definitely check out the men’s section for accessories like wallets and belts.
What to put in your purse:
*Tape Measure — Whether you’re looking for furniture and paintings or not — when you find the perfect piece you’re going to want to make room for it — and it will be good to know if you have the room!
*Stain remover wipes/pens — unfortunately stains are sometimes a part of vintage clothing — best to know if that stain will come out sooner than later. (Just make sure it won’t damage the garment).
*Hand Sanitizer — sometimes in your quest for the perfect vintage item you may have to venture in a store that isn’t as clean as it could be — best to be prepared.
Hopefully you’ve found one or two tips that will help on your next shopping trip. If you have any other advice we’d love to hear it, and best of luck on your quest for that one-of-a-kind amazing outfit!