Second Hand Shopping has to be one of my favorite hobbies! Its relaxing and fairly inexpensive. It started out as something I would do with my mom, but now it is something my whole family enjoys (even my husband). At one point in college, I am pretty sure every article of clothing I owned cost less than $5 a piece.
The best part about thrift shopping is making memories with the people you care about and of course- finding great deals! We love to take a day trip up to the mountains of NC and see what little treasures await us.
New to thrift shopping? Here are my top commandments:
1. Do not buy it unless you love it!
Don’t buy it just because it costs $1. It will end up sitting in your house collecting dust-
and vise versa, if you love it, you have to buy it (assuming it won’t break the bank, of course)! We don’t want to have any regrets later.
2. Try it on before you judge it.
Just randomly grab things that you kind-of-like and try them on. Things usually look differently once you put them on, and you just might find that special something.
3. The more time you spend, the more money you save.
You might get frustrated and impatient at times, but it is all worth it. The longer you spend looking the more likely you are to find a treasure.
4. Check the item carefully
Some things do have stains or tears. Also, you want something that doesn’t look worn out.
5. Be patient
If you find something you love at a department store, chances are you can find it at a thrift shop. You have to be patient and take the time to look. It may take a few trips.
6. Keep a List
Create a list of things you want (jackets, sweaters, candles, picture frames) and carry it around with you. You never know when you might come across a deal.
7. Be unique
Just because you don’t see someone else wearing it doesn’t mean it is a bad idea. Start new trends and create your own identity.
8. Wear comfortable clothing
Leggings are great for trying clothes over in case the shop doesn’t have a changing room. But wear clothes you will not mind taking on and off a million times.
9. Think of repurposing
You never have to buy something and use it for its intended purpose. Get creative and think about all the new possibilities the item might hold. Pinterest is great at helping with this!
10. Think of Others
Almost every time I go thrift shopping, I come across something that I know someone else I know would love (mom, sister, co-worker). It is great to pick that item up and save it for a nice gift later on. I would much rather give someone something thoughtful than a picking something out as a last ditch effort the night before.