I don’t always thrift, but when I do, I thrift for designer. *raises glass*
So a lot of people who have grown up without ever receiving a hand-me-down from their cousin or big sis on the reg have expressed being “weirded out” at the thought of going thrifting and “wearing clothes other people have worn”. Now I can totally understand that it might seem a bit strange if it’s literally never been a thing in your life. If you happen to be one of those people, I hate to inform you.. but the clothes you’re currently wearing.. that you bought from the store, were too worn by many sweaty people before you when they tried it on at the store in the changeroom. But good news! There is a washing machine probably in your very home that can handle this sort of crisis. And yes, stores DO wash the clothes before selling them! Even those of us who don’t struggle with money have probably thought once or twice they should cut back on their spending habit. Maybe you’re trying to pay off a student loan or you’re saving up for a vacation, whatever your situation it never hurts to save a little cash when you can.
You might think that a thrift store has nothing but ripped, old, or dirty clothes. Depending on where you go this can sometimes be the case! Choosing the biggest or most popular thrift store in the city doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to find anything of quality. Instead, look at a map of your city and determine where the wealthier more secluded neighbourhoods are, then find the closest value village or similar popular chain store that take mostly clothing donations. That’s going to be where you’ll find the best and highest quality, and sometimes even brand new items to choose from. What about consignment shops in or around wealthier areas? I assure you, the clothing choices are usually for a way older demographic than y’all and regardless, they charge a ton of money and basically just give you a small discount off the regular price. The reason for this is because both the store and the donator are trying to make money off of the sale. Instead, you want to go to a place where families or individuals drop off their donations in bulk. The best time of year to go is before and after christmas and between seasons (that’s when people tend to donate/purge and then shop for new clothes). Make sure to take your time, if you only have 10 minutes to shop maybe don’t go thrifting that day. Set aside some time so you don’t feel rushed and can take your time to look thoroughly.
Today I was inspired to go and see what I could find at Value Village to show you guys. I stumbled across this particular location while out one day with my mom, grandmother and their family friends who are older. They’ve lived in this particular area for well over 20 years when it was all little bungalows, now the area is very wealthy. We went to the nearest Value Village and I was amazed at the quantity of quality clothing I saw for prices close to nothing. When I put two and two together I knew I had stumbled upon something pretty great and I never went to another location for thrifting adventures.
Here are some notable finds from today…
They even had some throwback iconic trends for your nostalgia..
They had tons of almost new leggings!
Tons of TNA, ZARA, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Guess and GARAGE