Want to look fashionable without draining the bank account? Shop at thrift stores! If you haven’t browsed your local secondhand stores in months, it’s time to plan a shopping trip. Someone’s outgrown designer coat might just be the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.
When to shop
Plan shopping sprees for early in the week. Tuesday and Wednesday are best. Since many people tackle house cleaning and organizing chores–such as purging overstuffed closets or having a yard sale–on the weekend, bags of clothes are often dropped off on Sunday evening or Monday. Give the thrift store staff a change to sort, tag, and display the clothing. Then, be the first to get the good deals and put together a new outfit.
Look at labels
As you browse the racks and peek at garment labels, look for name brands. All types of clothing land at secondhand stores. Let someone else’s weight loss, weight gain, growth spurt, or change of personal style be a win for your wardrobe. It’s a common misconception that only older styles of clothing are donated to thrift stores. Not true!
Examine the quality
Once you’ve found a few promising pieces, check them carefully. You don’t know why they were dropped off in the first place. Look for stains, tears, or missing buttons. If you think you can fix the imperfections, add the garment to your wardrobe and smile at the money you saved by purchasing the stylish clothing secondhand.
Shop after holidays
Shop thrift stores often to stay fashionable. The current trends fly off the racks quickly. The best selection is at the start of the new year. Once the holidays wind down, people clear out old clothing to make room for new holiday gifts. Plus, you’ll find many more new garments (with tags attached!) at thrift stores just after the holidays. This simply reinforces that not everyone likes the same styles and even new clothing can turn up at resale shops.
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