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Fashionistas may feel limited when they’re forced to live on a strict budget. No matter the reason, we all need to scale back once in a while, but that doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to suffer for it.
Shopping at thrift stores and consignments shops doesn’t come with the stigma it once did. Celebrities like Mary-Kate Olsen have lauded thrift store buys, so much so that vintage clothing items have seen a resurgence like never before. If you want to embark on the exciting adventure of thrift store shopping, keep these tips in mind:
- Ask the employees what days the inventory is stocked. Some shops restock their products twice a week; others restock daily. If your thrift store puts out inventory daily, try to get there on a Wednesday or Thursday before the weekend rush when the inventory is more likely to be wiped out.
- Try on the outfits. Checking the size won’t matter because used clothing may be stretched beyond the size on the tag. Vintage items also tend to run small.
- Double check the item for any tears or stains. This means turning it inside out. Pay close attention to the underarms for any sweat stains, as these are difficult to remove.
- Learn how to revamp vintage items. If you love to sew, buy thrift store clothing and recycle it to make your own creation. Buying second-hand items and using them for fabric is much cheaper than buying it off the bolt.
Give bargain shopping a try. Chances are, you’ll be hooked on your first visit.