What to Look for While Thrifting

Blog Post #10

I’m sure you have all heard of thrift shopping before. You know, Macklemore’s song, or Emma Chamberlain’s favorite hobby? Yeah, it’s quite the “trend” right now, to thrift and find retro or vintage pieces. I mean, thrifting is not only super fun, but it is also great for the environment as well – so let it be a trend! By choosing to buy second-hand clothing, instead of buying brand new, you reduce waste. This, in turn, helps the planet! Essentially, you’re not only saving money, but you’re also participating in the 3 R’s; “reduce, reuse, recycle”. 

With that said, I really enjoy thrifting every so often! For me personally, it’s a fun way to find items that I wouldn’t necessarily wear often, for less! Old items are also super fascinating to me, so I love browsing around even if I’m not interested in purchasing anything (this is where my love for antique shopping comes in). Furthermore, it is always an adventure and a bit of a surprise, as you never know what you’re going to walk out with, or if you’ll walk out with anything!

This brings me to the point of today’s post. Although thrifting can be a fun experience, it can also get extremely overwhelming, pretty quickly, especially in a large store. That being said, it is always important to know what you are looking for! Before going, create a list of what you want to look for, and what sections you’re going to look in. Trust me, this is super handy, rather than looking at endless racks with no aim in sight. 

A few of my favorite things to look for at thrift stores are vintage or graphic t-shirts, purses (take a look at my blog post on accessories for more on those), and slip dresses or skirts. This is because these are items I wear most often, as well as items I have the most luck finding!  

When looking for t-shirts, I typically go to the men’s section as I prefer the oversized look. I also find that the graphics in the men’s section are much better than the women’s section. I tend to go to the medium or larger sized racks and quickly look at shirts that are in the color I am interested in (it is especially helpful when the store has their clothing organized by color). Sometimes I find tons that I love, while other times, there are 0 cool ones. 

Next, we have purses! These are my favorite to search for, as I like to have many purses in different colors and prints to spice up my outfits. These help my outfits look different and unique every time! However, having this many bags can get a little pricey, especially for a bright green bag that you aren’t going to wear all the time. Therefore, I like to look at thrift stores, so these one-off items don’t hurt the bank! More often than not, the bags are organized by size and color, making it super easy to find what I am looking for. I go to the section that has small or medium-sized bags, and start browsing. I have been really lucky in the past. 

My favorite find is this (practically brand new) black Georgio Armani baguette bag. It was in super good condition, very clean interior and exterior and pristine hardware. I wear it all the time! (pictured in 5th image of collage)

Lastly, silk slip dresses or skirts! I usually find these in the “pajama” or “lingerie” section as they are often “nighties”. Although meant for sleeping, many of these items can be worn out (very much in style these days). They often come in beautiful pastel colors with intricate lace or beading. So far, I have purchased two slip dresses, however I haven’t bought any skirt (I have found a couple cute ones though!). 

I hope this short guide and tips help you if you decide to go thrifting! Just remember, not every thrifting journey is going to be a score, sometimes you’ll walk out empty-handed – but better luck next time!

A few of my favorite stores:

Other thrifting finds include, cropped sweaters, men’s dress shirts, 90’s inspired shirts, a denim contrast stitch skirt, a maxi sweater dress, and tons and tons of costume items.

(Remember to wash everything when you get home!) 

Signing off for now,

Xx Marisa 

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