Everyone loves shopping, but sometimes our wallets don’t! When buying new clothes, the price can easily go up. Thrifting is a great alternative to buying brand new clothing.
If you’ve never gone thrifting before, you may be wondering why you should start. One of the biggest benefits of thrifting is the flexible price range. Most clothes that can be bought secondhand are in great condition, and the prices are much lower than retail. However, some stores are more expensive than others, so you should keep your price range in mind when you choose where to shop.
Another benefit of thrifting is that it’s environmentally friendly. By choosing to shop secondhand, you are supporting slow fashion. Many thrift stores donate their proceeds to local charities, so you are giving back to your community when you thrift.
Additionally, thrift stores may have clothing that you can’t find anywhere else. Because they rely on donations, some stores have retro pieces that aren’t being produced anymore.
Online vs. In-Person
With thrifting surging in popularity, online thrift shops have cropped up in recent years. There are many types of online thrift stores ranging from companies like thredUP, Depop, and Vinted to Instagram pages run by one or two people.
The only drawback to thrifting online is that you can’t try on the clothes until you buy them. Some online thrift stores have a no-returns policy, so it can be a bit of a risk.
3 Tips For Successful Thrifting
GO IN WITHOUT EXPECTATIONS. Unlike department stores, a thrift store’s inventory changes unpredictably. It could change quite frequently or not at all. By creating expectations in your head, you could close yourself off to clothes you might really like.
BE THOROUGH. Have you ever heard the saying, “nothing good comes easy”? It is especially true when it comes to thrifting! Give every piece of clothing a chance. Oftentimes, the best pieces are easily overlooked.
HAVE FUN! Last, (but certainly not least) remember to enjoy yourself! Thrifting is an adventure. The lack of predictability is what makes it so much fun. Not every trip is a huge success, but the ones that are are especially exciting!
Do you like to thrift?