Thrifting Guide for Beginners

Chelsea Evic

By: Chelsea Evic

Do you ever just wander through a second-hand store aimlessly, rummaging through old and unstylish items wondering why you can’t find the gems that everyone else does? It’s a common occurrence and can be the reason people give up on thrifting all together. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Thrifting is a great way to save money on high-quality items and level up your wardrobe with great finds. With a few simple strategies, you’ll be a pro-thrifter in no time.


Step 1: Discover the Best Thrift Stores in Your Area

Location matters when deciding which thrift store to go to. Thrift stores in the better and more happening parts of town are typically where you’ll find the best items. Check out a few and get the lay of the land.

Step 2: Ask your Thrift Store When they Restock

Once you find a store you like, contact them and ask when they restock their items. This way, you’ll beat the crowds and be the first to see the stuff you want. You can also ask about the different special sales they offer and when.

Step 3: Make a Plan

Make a list of the pieces you are looking for before stepping into the store. This will relieve the hopelessness of wandering through racks of clothing and not knowing what you want. You can also ask employees in the store if they have a good selection of the items on your list.

Step 4: Check Clothing Carefully

Before purchasing, make sure to carefully inspect your items. Not everything offered in a thrift store will be in great condition. Check for loose threading, stains, rips, missing buttons, and other potential issues. This will ensure that you are happy with your purchases and won’t have future problems with your clothes.

Step 5: Don’t Give Up!

Keep in mind that not every trip to the thrift store will be a successful one. The first few trips you will most likely leave with nothing. Thrifting takes perseverance and good finds can take time!