One of the best ways to shop sustainably is by thrifting! Buying second hand is a great way to find cute clothes at low prices. Of course, thrifting is different than buying fast fashion because with thrifting, you never know what you’ll find! To ensure you find the best pieces, follow our tips below!
1. Be Patient
Since thrift stores don’t have everything in every size or style, you might end up leaving a thrift store empty handed - and that’s okay! Be patient, try to go to as many thrift stores as you can, and soon enough you will find the item of your dreams!
2. Go With an Open Mind
Instead of going thrift shopping with a very specific list, i.e. thinking, “I must find a mint green polka dot fit and flare skirt”, try thinking, “I need to find a cute skirt to wear to a dinner party” and then see what you find from there. Who knows, you might fall in love with something you never would have considered with more limited criteria!
3. Keep it Clean
Touching lots of clothes that may or may not be clean is not the best idea. Do yourself a favor and bring some hand sanitizer! Also, it is very important to wash everything you buy before you wear it. Check labels or do research to find out how to safely clean your finds!
4. Make Your Own Dressing Room
Some thrift stores (ex: Salvation Army) do not have dressing rooms. However, it is essential that you try on clothes before you buy them! Since you usually can’t return things to thrift stores, it is important to check the fit before you waste your money. You can make your own dressing rooms by putting a long, floor length skirt over your pants and then changing bottoms underneath the skirt. This allows you to try on shorts or jeans or anything that requires you take off the pants you were wearing. For tops, it is easy enough to slip them over what you are already wearing.
5. Get Creative
If you find an item that is almost perfect, get creative and alter it! You can find tailors to get the right fit, or you can hem, cut, or add length yourself. There are also lots of DIY tutorials on how to upcycle thrifted clothes, so if you love something but just need to tweak it a little, then go for it!
And there you have it! Follow these tips and your thrifting experience will be smooth sailing! Let us know in the comments what your favorite thrifting tips are!