1. Take Your Time
It may seem like an obvious rule, but most people go to a thrift store and expect to leave in 30 minutes. When you go to a thrift store expect to dig around and look at everything, this takes time. Sometimes I’m in a thrift store for over 2 hours.
2. Try Everything on
This may also seem like another obvious rule, but trying everything on ensures that you know exactly what you are buying. You may see a stain or a hole you never would of noticed otherwise.
3. Figure Out Three Separate Occasions to Wear that Piece to
If you buy a shirt for $3 and never wear it, you didn’t save any money on a cheap shirt, you spent $3 for something to hang in your closet.
4. Keep In Key Pieces in Mind
It can be very easy to get overwhelmed when first stepping foot into any thrift store. The easiest way for me to shop is to look for a few specific pieces at a time. For example, I was looking for an oversized vintage looking jean jacket, and every time I went thrifting my first stop was to the jacket section to see if they had one. Finally after months of searching, I scored a vintage, lined, jean jacket for $10.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Alter
This is another one of those obvious things that I have seen a lot of people not do. The great part about thrift shopping is being creative with your looks and trying on new things. If you find a great pair of jeans that fit your waist just right, but are way too long, cut them into shorts! If you find a shirt you like but its a little stretched out at the bottom, cut it into a cute crop top! There are all sorts of ways to turn an old t-shirt into something new, you just have to be creative and have fun!