If there’s one thing I love, it’s fashion on a budget. My motto is you can look like a million without spending a million. And lately I’ve been all about thrift store shopping. I love finding hidden gems. I once scored a brand new Valentino cardigan for under $100 bucks. Can you believe it? It even had the tags still on–which retailed for $900! If you haven’t ventured to your nearest thrift store, what are you waiting for? You’ll never know what you’ll find. Here are some tips for thrift store shopping:
- It doesn’t hurt to ask for a discount. Yes, I know the prices are already low to begin with, but in my opinion any money that you save helps. The lady at the thrift store I visited told me that if an item has any defects such as a hole they’ll usually honor a 10% or even 20% off the item. So make sure to look for any defects. Also, even some thrift stores have sales, so be sure to find out if and when they’ll be happening.
- Some thrift stores don’t have dressing rooms, so make sure you wear fitted clothes that you can easily try clothes over. Whatever you do, don’t buy without trying. This should be for everything not just shopping at thrift stores. You don’t want to get home to find that it actually looks better on the hanger than it does on.
- Not all the clothes are used. Take the Valentino cardigan that I found with the tags still on for example. Make sure you look carefully through the racks. Although it might be overwhelming at first, you never know when you’ll find a hidden gem.
- Keep checking thrift stores often. You’ll never know when something great might pop up. When I went to the thrift store the cashier told me that a lady had donated brand new Prada and YSL shoes the week before. Needless to say, at $15 a pair the shoes went quick. Ask an employee how frequently items are usually dropped off.
- Look at the potential. Perhaps a new pair of gold buttons is all that coat needs. Don’t be afraid of some DIY projects.
- Don’t buy what you don’t need. Seeing items at such low prices might make you want to buy things even if you don’t need them. Don’t do it, instead of saving money by shopping at a thrift store, you’re actually wasting money if you’re not going to wear it. Before you buy, ask yourself a series of questions such as: Do I need this; Do I already have something like this; Do I already have something at home I can wear it with.
- You’re supporting a good cause. Most thrift stores donate part of the proceeds to organizations. For example, the thrift store I visited donated part of the proceeds of my purchase to women shelters. So not only did I feel great that I got a great item at an amazing price, but that money went to help someone in need.