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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tips for Successful Thrifting

Now that school is back, I've found thrifting to be a perfect way to reward myself with a little shopping, without feeling guilty about spending too much. I really feel like I've accomplished something when I find the perfect deal! It can get very addictive- be warned!

Based on the success I've had thrifting over the past year, I thought I'd share some advice that will get you started!

1. Be patient and give yourself time to hunt: If you've ever shopped at Winners or Ross Dress for Less, you know what I mean. Be prepared to do a lot of sifting, and trying on heaps of stuff. If you try on 10 items, expect to only come out with 1 or 2. But it's worth it!

2.Don't stick to one size or one section: Many times I have found things that fit me perfectly...but were in the wrong row for that size. Keep looking even if you get into the racks of clothes you think are too big. The same goes for reading tags; they aren't a good indication of how it will fit. Sizes have changed a lot over the years, and sizes vary between brands too. Don't limit yourself to only 'dresses' or just 'skirts' sections either; I've found great dresses that were accidentally placed in the skirt section before. You won't find those special pieces if you aren't looking everywhere!

3.Look for brand names: An extra bonus to thrift shopping is finding not only cheap and unique pieces, but even designer brands! My latest find was a vintage Burberry skirt- it was far too big, unfortunately, but they're out there! Keep your eyes peeled for good fabrics, too, like 100% chashmere. I've seen it for as cheap as $7- regular price it would be at least $100!

4.Go often!: Thrift stores are restocking all day every day, so if you want to find the best of the best, you need to go frequently. This way, you get to see the new stock before it's been picked over.

I know some people aren't keen on buying previously worn clothing. Personally, as long as I wash it well before wearing it, I don't mind. If you can get past that, you'll find all kinds of amazing things for great deals! I tend to buy more because it's so cheap, so I'd recommend taking a bag of donations to make room for your new treasures!

Here are some of the pieces I've found thrifting over the last year:



























The red dress will be part of my killer Valentine's Day outfit! Complete vintage-style hosiery, dramatic curls, and luscious lashes.

Happy thrifting! :)

2 comments:

  1. Those are awesome finds! Where do you recommend going thrift shopping in Vancouver?

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    1. I seem to have the best luck at Salvation Armys. Value Village is good sometimes, but I don't usually come away with as many finds. There are a few along Hastings that I go to a lot; Salvation Army at Gilmore St., Value Village at Victoria Dr., and a little thrift shop half a block down from VV. Apparently the VV in Burnaby at North Road is one of the best. I haven't explored a lot of Vancouver's thrift shops yet, but obviously, the more wealthy the neighbourhood, the better items they will likely have! Hope this helps :)

      ~Britta

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