FAQ: Thrifting Tips

To answer a question that i'm asked frequently in comments and emails:

Have any tips for thrifting?

Well my lovelies, i shop any and everywhere. I do drivebys thru thriftstores and Target every other day. Just checking in for bargains. I play lots of mind tricks on myself (sad but true) to keep from spending up to $100 in a thriftstore...or F21...which usually means, i'll be drinking water for lunch for the next 2 weeks...lol.

Here are a few tips/tricks that most are already familiar with, but i keep in mind while shopping.

Mindtrick #1: Set a spending limit and stick to it. I usually leave my wallet in my car, and walk in w/ an alloted amount of money...say $10-$20. That way i'm forced to only hold onto pieces i'm in love with as i only have a limited amt of money to spend.

Mindtrick #2: Don't feel obligated to find treasure. If u go in, and look around and nothing catches your eye, just walk out. If u have to talk yourself into buying something, you're prob not going to get much wear out of it.

Mindtrick# 3: Spotting treasure. i'm attracted to bright colors...flowers.....fun patterns. If u find something you like, examine it and make sure it fits, no stains...etc. If you 're a sewing whiz, you have a few more options as you can alter lengths and widths or just make something new. If you're still a beginner like moi or don't know how to sew, if it doesn't fit, leave it. I have countless pieces of thrifted items that i "planned to fix" so i could wear them that have been sitting in the same spot for months. Learn from my mistakes and don't waste your money on pieces you won't wear..lol

Mindtrick #4: Size is just a number. Try on pieces that you like. I've found gorgeous pieces that fit like a dream, but the size written on the tag says otherwise. So donot hesitate to try it on.

These few are just the tip of the iceberg. So to my seasoned veterans of thrift shopping, what are some of your thrifting tips?


Kimberly said...

Love the idea of only entering the store with an alloted amount of money because it is easy to get swept up sometimes!
I did a Thrift Tip Post a while back here - http://fabfindsunder50.blogspot.com/2009/06/reader-questions-thrift-store-shopping.html
and pulled together all of my readers' tips here - http://fabfindsunder50.blogspot.com/2009/06/thrift-store-shopping-tips-part-ii.html

leggy said...

lol..im guilty of always spending wat i dont need..lol

Rita said...

Very well said...every single one of them really make the difference.

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

Great tips.

Polished Sense said...

Great tips lady. Love that you shared them with us! Thank you...I actually do believe that size is just a number. I swear I'm one size here and another size there! As long as it fits that's all that matters :p


God's Favorite Shoes! said...

Great Tips...One of my tips is to be in the mood to thrift! I'm not always in the mood to go through piles of clthes!