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Thrifting has become a common method of shopping in today’s scene due to the rise of thrift stores and flea markets. In fact, more and more people are giving secondhand clothing a pick its good cause. Great quality pieces and even labels can be found for too-good-to-be-true prices. Some say, throw-away prices.And that is the fact!
But if I have to warn you, thrift shopping can be tiresome and you need a ton of patience and a good eye to ensure you get the right picks. Otherwise, you might fall for the worst. Believe me, even I have fallen prey to the ugly stuff too.I remember purchasing a grey pair of denim jeans from a thrift store in the evening and on getting home, I realized that I had actually been sold to very rustic black jeans.
Thankfully, I’ve wizened up over the years and now, my love for thrift shopping runs deep. So today I tell you my tips on how to thrift like a pro! I’ll also let you see my latest thrift treasures.
6 TIPS ON HOW SHOPPING IN THRIFT STORES AND FLEA MARKETS
1.Master Market Locations.
From my own experience, I have come to terms with some thrift stores and markets which have almost everything.
Frequenting such markets will help you learn of where specifically some clothes are sold from like where tops, bottoms, shoes and accessories. It will also help you gain courage of bargaining where necessary since you will be familiar with the market.
2.Set a date.
Thrift shopping entails much patience so create time out of your schedule to visit these markets or stores to ensure you buy only what you need( It’s always there).
Having the whole day to yourself and the market will give you time to bargain where necessary since haggling takes time in order to get proper discounts. Want tips?
Read here: How To Find Better Deals at Thrift stores
3. Carry A Shopping List And Bring Cash
Carry a shopping list of all that you would want to buy, according to priorities, will help you to stick to your budget and also ensure you spend enough time trying to find the pieces.
4.Never judge a book by its cover!
To start with, clothes sold at thrift and flea markets are usually affordably cheap. They will either be hung over boards, piled over carpets or boards too ,carried over the seller’s shoulders in a very rough manner. These ‘mitumbas’ as famously called could look so dirty, creased and ugly from a far but once you get close and start going through the piles ,the story changes. It only needs patience and a keen eye. I say, ‘go down under’!
Something true is that if you love designer clothes you can get them here so keep, up the trends. Even those clothes you see on TV worn by celebrities you admire can be found here too. But please, rules of spotting fake clothes apply here. I shared 10 giveaways of fake clothes,that could also mean clothes in bad shape. You could read it here:
Be patient when going through the stacks of clothes and have a keen eye. This will also ensure you are keen on spotting clothes that are in bad shape like torn sides, broken buttons, hanging hemlines, stained clothes and much more faults.
5. Get A Tailor
Once lucky with your thrift haul, go do the laundry and iron what’s necessary. Also be ready to amend some clothes like trimming and some repair where necessary to ensure the clothes fit you perfectly. Here is where your tailor will come in handy!
So I got these thrift goodies and here’s a breakdown of costs.
A pair of black trousers– 100 shillings.
Long-sleeved chiffon top-200 shillings.
6. Enjoy Travel Thrift Shopping
Basically, I mean that your should thrift while traveling! Personally, most of my souvenirs are thrift-shopped because that way, I get to find pieces that I don’t find in my local thrift stores or flea markets!
Things You Must Know Before And When Thrift Shopping
1.Never buy stained items just because you believe you can wash them up. Trust me, some stains are just permanent!
2. Know how soon you can wash an item before buying it. I advise that you should wash your thrifted clothes as soon as you get home.
3. Perfectly inspect an item to ensure it is in the right condition before making your purchase.
4. Only buy ‘valuable’ and not ‘desirable’ items. There is no need of buying stuff just because it goes for an insanely-cheap price. Honestly, you can end up giving it all away. Only buy what you need!
Have you had luck in thrift markets? I’d love to know too…