I’m usually not one to go thrifting, but lately it has become more popular and climate change has everyone talking. people are making changes in their various corners, holding big retailers to higher standards, people are Woke,and conscious of their environment, being mindful of what goes into landfill and all of that, and I decided to save the earth in my own little way, from my little corner… by going thrifting.
The popularity of thrifting is so enormous today, and I could kill two birds with one stone; Mother earth would be happy I reduced landfill, my bank account balance would be grateful I didn’t over stretch it this time, and I would find the most amazing pieces too! (that’s 3 birds with one stone I guess ☺). And so, I went, and found some fun things.
This stunning dress: I saw the dress and knew immediately that it was a keeper. Red seems to dominate in my wardrobe and I’m not stopping anytime soon. I had no idea who the designer was and so I googled the brand and found that their dresses retail at $550! Whoops whoops! I scored a keeper.
Vintage blouses: The puffy sleeves and padded shoulder screams “old school” and gives off a very vintage vibe, and what I love the most about vintage is that no one else will show up in an identical outfit as you. These blouses just remind me of looking at my grandma’s photos from when she was a chic! It’s funny how trends just revolve around each other.
The overlay: its versatility cannot be over emphasized. It can transform a casual look to a refined chic look with a few accessories. Such as a belt or a brooch.
Lessons from my trip to the thrift store!
The stigma around thrifting is still very much around. I got teased about buying secondhand clothes, but why not? You never know what you will find when you walk into a thrift store, and the best part is you don’t have to pay full price for anything as you get them at a fraction of their initial value. Besides clothing, there’s a lot of other things you can find at thrift stores including Funky art, cool kitchenware, and even furniture pieces, so thrift away anyway.
You can make money thrift flipping. If you have a keen eye for finding unique pieces, you can find an undervalued piece and improve it or refurbish it to resell and make some profit from it. Who doesn’t like an extra buck here and there? use your fine eye to your advantage!
You need Patience! There are real vintage and designer items all over the place, you just have to be patient to dig a little to find them. Having cool vintage adds some flavor to your regular everyday wardrobe. You need to have determination to find your items, and you should give yourself some time too. You can’t go thrifting in a hurry! That’s just a recipe for disaster.
If you are new to thrifting like me, just have an idea of what you want when you go thrifting. Look through magazines or create Pinterest boards to have an idea of what you want, that way you are guided and don’t end up with a pile of junk just because they’re cheap. Also, buy things that compliment what you already have in your wardrobe. What you pick must either be the most amazing find or a hard no! there are no in-betweens.
You need your hands to be free. No kids with you, no handbags, just a small backpack for your personal belongings or a cross body bag. Go thrifting when your kids are away at school or at daycare or just get someone to babysit them. U need your hands to be able to move clothes around, feel textures and all that, and let’s be honest, you don’t want your kids touching all sorts of things.
Examine your finds thoroughly. the
last thing we want is to get home and find out that the zipper to that fun
skirt is broken or that shirt has a stain you can’t take off. Take no chances
and examine the clothes properly before you leave as most thrift stores do not
offer refund. The whole aim is saving money and looking fly, so there’s no
reason to buy what you cant use.
What are your thoughts on thrifting? Do you go thrifting? Have you gone thrifting lately? What are your tips for having a successful thrifting experience? I hope you share your tips and tricks with us. We’ll be happy to hear your opinions.
Have an awesome day wherever you are!
Here are more looks from my thrifting! This shoot was supposed to be an outdoor one but the heavy downpour of snow made it impossible and so my house sufficed! Enjoy the looks.
Love hugs and kisses,