Thrifting 101...

Thrifting usually involves browsing a flea market, swap meet or garage sale. Often times it's a quick visit to your local Good Will/Salvation Army or Consignment Shop. There's thrifting and then there's good thrifting...

I'm sold on a good deal as much as the next bargainista and have realized thrifting is not something to be taken lightly. It's an art and definitely something you can master, provided you utilize a few tips...

  • Only purchase what fits well.. Sometimes tailoring may be necessary, but depending on the fabric and age of the garment you may not want to invest the extra money.
  • Look for classic and timeless pieces... Stay away from trends, chances are you'll be getting rid of it next season.
  • Shop Sale Days... Most consignment stores and thrift stores have special deal days. make friends with the sales associates and keep those "Deal Days" in mind when shopping.
  • Negotiate.. Everything in life is negotiable, why should thrifting be any different?
  • Research Labels.. Not sure about the label?? Whip out that smart phone & Google it!
  • Try On.. Most thrift shops have fitting rooms.  If your local shop doesn't have one, make that sales floor your runway and solicit the opinion of other shoppers. Never trust the sales associates, they'll tell you anything to make the sale.... *Tee-Hee*
  • Examine your garment... Make sure there aren't any unsightly stains or rips. This could be disastrous when you get home!
  • Take note of the store's return policy.. This can save you a lot of time and aggravation should that gravy stain not come out!
  • Enlist the help of a friend. Shopping is always a better experience with a BFF!