Hi! Welcome to my blog. Today I’m giving you my top 10 tips for second-hand shopping. I’ve always loved thrifting and over the years, I’ve learnt a thing or two about finding what you need!
I’d just like to preface this post by acknowledging my privilege – I choose to shop at charity shops rather than needing to, and I have the time to rummage through the clothes to find what I need. I understand that this isn’t the case for everyone however if you do decide to go second-hand shopping, here are my top tips.
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Have a Plan
Even when thrift shopping, you can mindless consume clothes and things that you don’t need. Write down everything you actually need, and think about what colours and patterns will fit with your other clothes.
Don’t Trust The Sizes, Try Everything On
Especially with vintage and international clothes, the sizes can be all off. If you really like something, try it on no matter what the label says as it could still be a good fit! You can also tailor clothes that are 1 or two sizes too big, or those amazing trousers that are a little too long!
Be Friendly With the Staff
Ask the staff if you’re looking for something specific, they might have it in the back and ask what days they restock. If they know your style and you come in often, they might even save things that they think you’ll like! It’s also worth enquiring into their restock days if they have them, so you know when to visit.
It’s always cheaper to buy your summer clothes in winter and vice-versa. You might also find there’s a better selection as people have clear-outs when the season changes.
Check The Label
Whilst you should ignore the size label, pay attention to the laundering instructions. What seems like a bargain can become pricey quite quickly if it’s dry-clean only! Make sure it’s something that you know you can take care of properly, so it lasts a lifetime!
Do Your Research
It’s a known thing that charity/second-hand shops in more affluent areas usually have the best clothing, but smaller towns are also great for finding those hidden gems. If you’re visiting somewhere whilst travelling or are finding your local shops a little dry then be sure to have a google to find some nearby with the best reviews.
Remember That You Can Mend or Tailor
Like I said earlier, if the size isn’t quite right or there’s a small imperfection; this can be fixed! Don’t not buy something that makes your heart sing, you can make it wearable and perfect for you!
Visit during the week
The weekends are likely to be more busy and have the least amount of stock so if you have a free hour or so during the week, that time is your best bet. If you know the day that they restock, then head that afternoon or the day after!
Have a Clear Out & Donate Whilst You’re There
If your wardrobe is looking a bit full or there are clothes that don’t fit/that you don’t wear anymore, donate them to your fav charity shop so that they can keep replenishing the stock for other people.
I hope that you found this post useful – let me know your top tips for second-hand shopping in the comments below!
Happy sustainable shopping x