Somebody Else’s Treasure: A Quintessential Guide to Thrifting

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by Luisa Bloom

Step 1: be open-minded and bring music.

Thrifting takes a while. You have to be open-minded and think about wearing something you wouldn’t normally wear because chances are, you may like it! While looking, you’ll need to be occupied in some way so you don’t get bored. That’s where music comes in. By listening to any of your favorite songs, you’ll be able to get through the process more easily

Step 2: dress for success while thrifting.

You always want to make sure you’re not overdressed. Make sure to wear simple clothes, like a shirt with no design; that way, the clothes will have a better look when the outfit you’re currently wearing can be worn with anything. A general shirt is also good so you can try on sweaters or any type of hoodie. What you wear is extremely important when buying clothes since you have to constantly take stuff off to put new stuff on.

Step 3: try on everything, even if you think you won’t like it

There are so many moments I’ve had where I’ve seen something I don’t normally wear and still try it on, because at the end of the day, I usually find something new I’m into. You always want to try something on that may not be your style, because then, in that moment, you have the opportunity to find something new that can lead you to a new stylistic path. 

Step 4: have an idea of what you want to buy so you can look into it

Just so you aren’t lost, It’s good to have something in mind when going in to thrift. By having something in mind, the process may go faster so then you won’t be stuck in there for hours. Any thrift store, anywhere, has everything imaginable. 

General Tips:

  • Best items in Men section: has vintage old sweaters/sweaters with fun patterns
  • Go on half-off days because clothes are even cheaper.
  • Best items in Women section: scarves, knitted sweaters, turtlenecks

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