New England Vintage Chic: 7 Rules For Thrift Store Shopping
Friday, December 14, 2012
One of the biggest perks to shopping at thrift stores, is saving money. Most thrift stores offer very affordable pricing. Accessories such as ties, jewelry, scarfs and gloves range from $1 to $5, while clothing ranges from $4 - $10, and winter coats go for under $15. Talk about a budget friendly store.
While saving money is great, the very best perk to shopping at thrift stores, is the hunt. There is no bigger excitement than finding that one-of-a-kind 1920’s vintage dress. Basically, you never know what you will find. Never! This is the number one reason why you may soon love shopping at thrift stores.
So, to help get you started, here are my rules to shopping at any thrift store.
1. Have No Expectations
When walking into any thrift store, it is important to have no expectations. Go into the store with a carefree and easygoing attitude. Never have a pre-notion as to what you may find. If you do, you may end up disappointed.
2. Buy Quality Clothing
You may be in a thrift store, but that is no excuse to buy sub- par clothing. Inspect each piece of clothing for rips, stains, missing buttons and broken zippers. Check out the labels to understand where the article came from. For example: A sweater from L.L. Bean is going to last a lot longer than a sweater from Forever 21.
3. Try Things On
Most of the time, there is no return policy at thrift stores. Whether you bought the item for $5 or $105, if it doesn’t fit, you won’t wear it. Don’t waste your money - make sure it fits!
4. Ask About Sales/Discounts
Numerous thrift stores have daily and weekly sales. It is important to ask a sales associate and plan ahead. For example: At the Goodwill, on Mondays, all the blue tags are just $1.
5. Have Patience
Plan to go through racks and racks before finding that diamond in the rough. That one-of-a-kind piece is not going to throw itself at you. So get ready to hunt for it.
6. Shop Affluent Towns
Head to a town that is known for its wealth. Check out their local thrift store and you’re more likely to find quality clothing and designer items.
7. Get Creative
Have fun with shopping! Pick-up a festive belt to spice up that little black dress. Buy a pair of jeans and cut them into shorts. Purchase a stack of mis- matching plates and give an edge to your next dinner party. Take an old bread box and turn it into a new planter. The possibilities are endless!
Find a thrift store near you:
SAVERS - Visit www.savers.com to find locations near you.
The Goodwill - visit www.locator.goodwill.org/ to find locations near you.
The Salvation Army - www.salvationarmyusa.org/ to find locations near you.