It’s almost spring time which means all the shops are getting in new items at ridiculous prices. I get it we all want to be apart of the up and coming trends, but are we really going to spend 100 dollars on a pair of jean shorts? This is why today’s thoughtful thursdays will focus on thrifting which a cheap and sustainable way to spruce up your wardrobe.
- Overview: Thrifting is a great way to spruce up your wardrobe on a budget. People are always donating things to thrift stores even new pieces. The more curated the thrift store the more stylish the pieces are. That also means they can be a bit pricy. Thrifting is also a good way to help the environment. You are giving those clothes a new home so they don’t end up in a landfill wasting away.
- Curated Thrift Stores: These are thrift stores similar to Plato’s Closet, Clothes Mentor, Wasteland, and loads of other ones. These are the ones that focus on getting in newer pieces so they can sell them for a fraction of the real cost. These stores do tend to be a bit more pricy, but they are cheaper than buying them from the actual store. Plato’s Closet has been my go to lately for cute spring and summer tops. I have managed to score a ton of tank tops for a really good price. They also have a stamp card which allows you to get 20% off once it’s filled.
- Goodwill and Salvation Army: These are your mom and pop kind of thrift stores. They have a WIDE assortment of goodies. You never knew when you are going to find a vintage handbag hidden away in one of those shops. I really like going to Goodwill for jeans because they are way cheaper plus they actually have cute ones. I scored a pair of Tommy Hilfiger jeans for 5 bucks a few weeks back at Goodwill. You want to stalk everything including the men’s section. You’ll find the most goodies that way.
- Depop and Poshmark: Oh man do I have things to say about Depop. It’s my favorite app to buy cool clothing pieces. I got it a few weeks ago because someone I followed mentioned it. The app itself is amazing because it allows you to put in your sizes when you are searching for specific items. You can find a ton of vintage items if you are following the right shops. You can even sell some of your own items on there. I scored an old school scooby doo sweatshirt from that app. It’s probably one of my favorite pieces in my closet. I feel like Depop is more old school and vintage while Poshmark is more modern and girly.
- Do not feel discouraged if you don’t find something at a thrift store! You are going to have those days where the store is so picked over that there is nothing good left. Things will not always pop out at you every time you go. I have been to Plato’s a thousand times without buying anything. You need to learn your thrift store’s schedule to know when they put their new shipment out. That is best time to plan your trips to the thrift shop.
- Try things on if there is a dressing room! I can not stress this enough because you’ll end up buying something that does not fit you. You have to make sure if you are going shopping in store that you try everything on. Sizes are different for EVERY brand so who knows if the size 4 jean is going to fit you. If you are buying off of DePop you must know your measurements because a lot of sellers will you give you the measurements of the items so people can double check.
- Just have fun while you are shopping. Bring some friends and make it a day out on the town. Thrifting is a way to test the waters of whatever trends you might want to try for a cheap price. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
I hope you guys enjoyed some of my tips and recommendations for thrifting. If you guys are interested I might start doing thrift hauls or look books showcasing some of my thrifted pieces. Leave a comment letting me know if you are interesting in that! I hope you have a good thursday and I’ll see you next time!