Thrift stores may have become trendy, but if you’re doing your shopping right, they are still one of the best places to go to find unique outfits and cheap finds. With a little extra work, you can take an awesome outfit from the 80s or 90s and turn it into something more.
Whether you are dressing up for an ugly Christmas sweater party, Halloween, or you just have a sense of fashion that is kind of funky, the best thing you can do is shop smart with thrift stores. But before you run out buying piles of old clothes, keep in mind a few tips.
Authentic Thrift Stores
As thrift stores have become more popular, they have also become massively commercialized. If you are trying to save money, don’t go to a large chain that looks like a thrift store. There are even small boutique shops that look like a great little place to find deals until you take a peek at the price tag. Both of these types of establishment are banking (literally) on the fact that you want to find deals and cool old finds.
Don’t get sucked in! If you are looking to save money, you can find something cheaper elsewhere and make it fit with your style.
Inspect Your Clothes
Thrift stores specialize in used goods. The idea of it can be a little bit icky, but there are things you can do to make it better.
First, carefully inspect everything before you buy it. Thrift stores have strict policies about selling gross clothes (and they all have to be clean), but something might have slipped past them. So first things first, be diligent and look over anything you want to buy.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Yes, all thrift stores make sure their clothes have been properly laundered (or at least they are supposed to), but there isn’t much harm in being safe. Plus, even when you do find clothes that have been cleaned, half the time it has that grandma’s house smell that no one quite understands. You aren’t sure how the smell got there, but it isn’t what you want people smelling when you are going out Thursday night.
Take any clothes you get and launder them thoroughly. We recommend dry cleaning (shocker, right?) over traditional laundering. Although it can be more of a pain than traditional cleaning, a lot of older clothes are much more delicate than new clothes, and tumble drying and washing machines can destroy what little life a garment has left.
Alter it to Make it Fit
If you find the perfect pair of slacks or a cute sweater that is just a little too large, have no fear. The thrill of thrift store shopping is finding that hidden gem, so don’t be dissuaded if it isn’t quite perfect. Most alterations are simple and cheap, and if you have a professional handle it (that’s us!) then you can be sure that your older clothes won’t be damaged in the process.
Whether you need a delicate older peace cleaned up or snipped to make it fit, we can help! Come see us today to get your thrift store find taken care of.