The 411 on thrift store finds
Looking for a crazy Halloween costume? Trying to find a cute
outfit on a tight budget? Then look no further than your local thrift store.
From designer jeans to ‘80s shades, these stores have ya covered from head to
1. Keep an open mind
Yes, someone probably wore these clothes before you. But
where else can you find $100 jeans for $10? Or an entire outfit for under $20?
Wash your finds when you get home and they’ll be as good as new.
2. Shop early and shop often
Thrift store inventory changes constantly and the early bird
definitely gets the worm (or the Dooney & Burke bag in this case). Ask the
cashier when new items hit the shelves so you know when to browse.
3. Be patient
Unfortunately, the perfect jeans aren’t going to jump out at
you. Sometimes you have to dig…literally. But if you take your time, you’ll be
rewarded with a great deal.
4. Check it out
Give the skirt you are eyeing the Inspector Gadget treatment
with a thorough once-over. Look for holes, stains and loose threads. Make sure
the zipper works and try it on to see if it fits.
5. Get creative
Shopping at a thrift store allows you to mix and match
styles without breaking the bank. So if you’ve been wondering if you can pull
off a tweed jacket, now’s the perfect time to find out. Plus you can find some
6. Have fun
This is the most important rule. Think of thrift store
shopping as bargain hunting at its best. It can be quite the adventure. Plus,
most stores give back to the community, so you’re doing a good deed, too. It just
doesn’t get any better than that!
Oh, and one more thing...
7. Ask about sales
Most thrift stores offer coupons and have special discount
days, which means you could save even more on already ridiculous deals.
To find a thrift store near you, visit The Thrift Shopper.
BY L'OREAL THOMPSON ON 10/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN cheap, how to