Clothes can be our best friend and worst enemy at the same time. We love going out in a pair of new Steve Madden pumps or showing up to a job interview in our favorite J.Crew blazer, but we really hate swiping our debit cards when we see the total we’ve racked up—especially when we’re living on a budget.
Do not fret, ladies, because there are solutions to this problem. A great alternative to shopping at department stores is to build your closet and professional wardrobe with thrift store finds.
I know what you’re thinking. Thrift stores definitely aren’t the most glamorous places in the world, but when you’re young and broke, sometimes you need to get creative in order to be fabulous.
Thrift shopping is an art form, and if you know the ins and outs of the thrift store, there is a good chance you might walk out of your local Goodwill with some great finds.
Here are some of my top tips and tricks to aid you in the thrift store:
- Commit to going thrift shopping, especially if you are new to the thrifting world. Set aside a good chunk of time. Most of the time you can’t just walk in and find something great right off the bat. Give yourself enough time to really comb through the racks and find the diamonds in the rough.
- Choose your thrifting outfit wisely. Wear clothes and shoes that are easy to take off and put back on because you will probably be in and out of the dressing room.
- Be thorough! Once you get into the thrift store, don’t be discouraged by the huge racks with tacky, old clothes. Sift through every item on the rack. The designer clothes might be hiding between a tacky Christmas sweater and a 90’s jumpsuit, and you don’t want to miss it.
- Don’t just stick to your own size or department. If you’re a size small, don’t just limit yourself to the small section. The clothing in a thrift store does not follow uniform sizes, so something labeled as a large might fit you, even if you wear a small!
- Inspect clothes before you buy them. Since you are sopping through pre-worn clothes, you are running the risk of holes, stains, spots, or tears. Most of the clothes are still totally wearable, but be careful and use your own discretion!
Just in case you are still a little bit skeptical of the power of thrifting, here are some YouTube videos of great finds for inspiration: