The art of Thrifting
Cardigan: Thrifted, Top: Target, Capris: Charlotte Russe, Shoes: Payless, Necklace: In Honor of Design, Watch: Francesca's Collection, Bracelet: Bay City Floral
The art of thrifting. Yes, thrifting really is an art in my opinion. I've written on thrifting before, but I felt I left out a few muy imporatante tips.
If you don't know what thrifting is, you're really missing out. I'll tell you a little secret too: Thrifting isn't even a word. We made it up. Thrift stores. Second-hand stores. Estate sales. Goodwill. They're all the same.
When thrifting, you have to keep in mind what you want. Be specific. What are looking for? Vintage dresses. A few cardigans. Jeans.
Shopping in general at thrift stores can really get you in trouble. Just because something is $2 doesn't mean you have to buy it. Those $2 purchases can quickly add up. Thrifting is all about getting by with little to nothing!
So, shop with purpose.
When you find an item you have to HAVE, find something about the item that you absolutely LOVE. Otherwise, it’ll be stuck in the back of your closet never to be seen again. Take this cardigan for example. The color. I love the color. And the embroidered flowers on the front gives it a fun, vintage look.
Then start thinking how you can style your item and how many seasons you can get out of it. And what items in your closet have the potential to compliment it. You have to envision how you would wear it and what you would wear with it.
If you're not overwhelmed with brilliant ideas when you look at your item, then put that baby back on the rack and move on.
Another helpful hint: Most thrift store sales are final, and that means NO returns. Be sure it fits before you leave the store. Don't be afraid to try things on.
Now get thrifting, friends!
But don't let the old moth ball smell stop you. ;)