Get creative with your latest run to the thrift store! 

When 2021 began, I wanted to transform my wardrobe and find an activity that gave me some much-needed positive energy. Thrifting seemed like a hobby that would help me to find my own unique style because items that are thrifted were loved by their previous owners and create a beautiful story.  

When you thrift, it isn’t just clothing either, it is also furniture, electronics, shoes and other items that can be donated. By thrifting, you benefit by providing your home with one-of-a-kind items, experiment with creative style and shopping at a cheap price. Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of your thrifting trip. 

Tip #1: Make a game plan 

Take a look around the store once you walk in and see what you will be working with. Certain thrift stores will be color coordinated and others won’t be. Once you figure out if you’ll be walking around based on color coordination, you’ll get a feel for how long it’ll take you to sort through clothes. Thrift stores are also organized by categories which makes it easier to shop. You’ll notice that furniture, clothes, electronics and toys will be organized in different sections. Use this to help you manage your time while shopping. 

Tip #2: Money is no issue 

Figure out how much you want to spend, and if you’ll want to go over that limit. When I thrift, I like to take $20 dollars with me when shopping. I don’t want to limit myself, but I do it because it is fun to see what I can find with $20. You may be surprised by what you find when you’re trying to stay within a cash limit. 

Tip #3: Keep calm and carry on 

Go into a thrift store with an open mind, and don’t restrict yourself with your findings. You may think you don’t need a waffle maker, but maybe you do. When I thrift I tend to overthink and assume I won’t need something because it’s useless. However, that isn’t always the case as I end up regretting not buying the item. Be creative and expand your style, mind and personality while thrifting. Clear your mind and enjoy shopping freely without having a set plan of what you want. 

Tip #4: Baggy tee and sweatpants 

Dress comfortably because you will most likely be unable to try on clothes due to COVID-19 restrictions. By dressing comfortably, you’ll be able to tell if clothes are your size. Make sure to bring hand sanitizer and wear a mask during your trip. 

Tip #5: Sale on sale 

Stay up to date on what color tags will be on sale that day. Thrift stores will have a special where certain colored tags will be 50% off from their original price. They will either announce it throughout the store’s intercom or project it on the television. If you’re lucky, you can ask the staff when their next sale days are. The staff can also help by telling you when they’ll get new shipments. Staying on top of sales and new shipments will help you get the best out of your shopping experience. 

My personal recommendations are Valley Thrift Store, Tuesday Morning, Community Thrift Store and Goodwill. So, if you’re looking to add more personality to your wardrobe, I highly suggest hopping in the car and heading to your local thrift store.