Second hand shopping can be fun but frustrating at the same time! I know this because the struggle has been my reality in the past. I actually used to hate thrifting because besides being so cumbersome, I just seemed not to find good stuff.
Oh , incase you’re wondering secondhand outfits can also be refereed to as preloved outfits or thrifted outfits.
With time however, I’ve learnt few tricks and anytime I buy something which has been preloved, I get so many compliments. Some of my friends don’t even believe that what I’ve bought is secondhand.
This time round we are talking about how to thrift shop your outfits like a pro!
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The tips I’m going to share with you will make your secondhand shopping easier. Lets face it..we are humans and have the tendency to forget so you can actually bookmark this blog post for later as your ULTIMATE THRIFT SHOPPING GUIDE. You can always go through it before you visit a thrift store.
Without further ado,here are the tips I use when buying secondhand outfits:
1. Being Open minded
Be open minded while shopping second hand! Some pieces can look a million dollar with a few tweaks here & there.
Sometimes we miss out on great pieces because we are not open minded. You might be surprised if you adjusted few elements on that secondhand outfit for example changing buttons, removing the inner lace and much more.
Never go for second hand shopping when you are in a hurry expecting to get everything instantly. You will end up being frustrated. This is an activity which requires enough time if you are to benefit from it! At times you may even be required to go through several outfits for you to get something tangible.
3. Try everything on
Learn to literally try everything on even if it’s your size! This way you get a feel of how the outfit looks on you exactly. Sometimes an outfit on display may may not match your expectations once you try it on and fittings can be different too!
4. Inspect the garment
Ever bought an outfit thinking it’s a specific color then once you reach home you find the color is totally different? Or ever bought an outfit then the next day you notice it has so many holes and stains which you didn’t see while buying? Inspect for wear and tear that you know you might not want to put effort in repair.
Additionally, shop where there is enough light. With this you are able to see most detail on the outfit you’re buying.
5. Major Restocking
Most secondhand store replenish their stock almost daily but there is a day when they do a major restock.
If you really want to make the most out of your secondhand shopping, the best time to shop is after a major delivery hits the store. With this you get to pick the best pieces. You can inquire about the major restocking dates from those working in the store.
6. Wear what you can easily remove
When going for secondhand shopping you are basically going to spend most of the time trying on new different outfits. Always make your life easier by wearing something which you can easily remove and wear again as you try new stuff or something which you can easily try other outfits over. This means no jumpsuits or Lacey shoes. I find tights, a t-shirt and slip on sandles to be easier.
That’s all for today. Just incase you have more tips, feel free to share them down below. We can still learn from each other.
7. Shop with a list
Shopping with a list is usually more successful than heading out with none at all. Before going out for that secondhand outfit, always analyse your wardrobe and find out what is missing. This way you just don’t settle on the first deal that comes your way. A shopping list actually makes you enjoy a guilt free purposeful shopping.
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There you go those are my secrets. Give this video a thumbs up if you learnt something new and don’t hesitate to share your tips. We can all learn from each other.
In case you missed my previous blog post, I shared 4 top benefits of shopping secondhand Outfits. You can check out the video below:
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