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Updated on Nov 24, 2010
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I bought this gorgeous Champagne Gold crochet dress at a thrift store the other day, it was actually a large top with a lining that I cut out and it turned out beautifully! So I often see people asking about thrifting tips on the forums and although I am no expert I decided to post the tips that I have found worked for me recently…

My thrifting tips:

1. Look at fabrics, colours and prints before looking at cut and shape. With often racks upon racks of things to sort through you often don’t know where to start. I find scanning for fabrics that I like first helps narrow things down. Shape and cut you can change, the others you can’t.

2. Don’t bother looking at the sizing. Just go with it regardless of how big or small it might be, silhouettes have evolved and so often clothes look better in different sizes on you than they were designed for. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bought things, only to find it is 4 sizes bigger than I would normally take.

3. Take a patient friend with similar thrifting style to yourself, otherwise go alone. I prefer to go alone. You need to be patient to sort through the racks and the last thing you need is to know that your friends are waiting for you. Plus, your friends might not see the potential of something the same way you do and may discourage you from giving it a go! Plus, since there’s only one of anything, you can avoid both falling in love with the same piece.

4. Take cinchers, pins, anything that helps you wear an item in different ways. Often, something won’t look perfect on, but with the right belt, falls into place perfectly. Try wearing it in different ways by adding belts (which you can often find there), pinning bits or rolling up the sleeves and you’ll be surprised how different things can look!

5. Just give it a go! You never know until you try! I can genuinely say, of all the pieces that I was uhmm-ing and ahh-ing about, after trying them on, a majority of those pieces have consequently come home with me.

Well I hope this was helpful! Please visit my blog for more photos and ramblings!

saffron-haze.blogspot.com

Ps. I’m behind on replying to comments and visiting everyone’s pages again so apologies!

Comments (111)

Roxx
Roxx on March 26
wow, love this!
glanvillebaby
glanvillebaby on February 01
perfect dress!
missMm
missMm on January 14
love the turq!
weirdococo
weirdococo on January 10
beautiful dress!
Ari_Ari
Ari_Ari on November 09
i love it
ClaudiaBianca
ClaudiaBianca on September 04
favourite!
ANNAFRYS
ANNAFRYS on August 12
love it
000ecstaSY000
000ecstaSY000 on May 08
so nice
Schmming
Schmming on April 06
so lovely
ANNAFRYS
ANNAFRYS on April 04
SO SEXY
kedell
kedell on April 01
love this!!!!
TiaGadelita
TiaGadelita on March 27
bag is super :P
leilahkay
leilahkay on March 23
LOVE!!!
shakishuki
shakishuki on March 21
so wow..love the dress
BowsandGlitterxo
BowsandGlitterxo on March 18
loce this sooooo much +1
patringring
patringring on February 24
Love everything! :D
waiala
waiala on January 25
luv
riserika
riserika on January 16
loooove this outfit, from head to toe!
Joanna88
Joanna88 on January 03
love this so much!fave
samanthasmitth
samanthasmitth on December 28
so chis, as ussual. all of yours are amazing.
xanjelix
xanjelix on December 21
pretty!
LeBee
LeBee on December 15
OMG I LOVE this! You look great.
nicganda
nicganda on December 15
love the color of the necklace and clutch! CHIC!
KillerQueeen
KillerQueeen on December 12
pretty!!
F4SHI0N
F4SHI0N on December 11
loving the blue detail!the necklace is amazing!
opfiend
opfiend on December 10
Love your outfit! The blue is wonderful!
milicaaaa
milicaaaa on December 06
amazing mix!
tanyabell
tanyabell on December 06
this is fab...love the matching blues!
sochaotic
sochaotic on December 03
this dress is perfect, and I love your thrifting tips. Definitely following your blog honey!
CharmC
CharmC on December 02
love your necklace!
Lache08
Lache08 on December 02
faved!!
springfiry
springfiry on December 02
Love the dress and yout tips are very helpful!
janicekaren
janicekaren on December 01
love the accents
Lremesi
Lremesi on November 30
So pretty. Loving this dress and love how you added a pop of color!
StylePantry
StylePantry on November 29
Gorgeous, darling.
samlee
samlee on November 28
cute dress! i also love you coordinated the necklace with the clutch!
dorotron
dorotron on November 27
I LOVE YOUR DRESS! What a great find!!
fringedbeauty
fringedbeauty on November 27
love love LOVEE the DIY necklace. Tutorial?
fringedbeauty
fringedbeauty on November 28
ah thats too bad, but thank you so much. I'll be looking out for your projects on your blog constantly then :p
SaffronHaze
SaffronHaze on November 27
Thank you dear =)I made the necklace quite a while ago and I don't think I have any materials left for a tutorial =( but from now on I will be documenting all my DIYs on my blog!
anonymours
anonymours on November 27
cute dress!
vanitychick
vanitychick on November 27
gorgeous dress!
lydeeloo
lydeeloo on November 27
love the DIY necklace, the colors in this are amazing. you look great as always. and thanks for the tips girl! xoxo
BbyFaB
BbyFaB on November 27
i Like your dress with the blue Lovely
itsnotthatdeep
itsnotthatdeep on November 27
Totally in love with your style...you rock!
Bombonica
Bombonica on November 27
OMG!! this is AWESOME!!!! love the colors! and the dress is to die for :)
Janet Lagamon
Janet Lagamon on November 27
so chic
NanaHoshino
NanaHoshino on November 27
love this!!! I love your style :)<3
nocumchin
nocumchin on November 26
nice dress!
deathbyplatforms
deathbyplatforms on November 26
ooh, a knit dress with scallop hem!!! loves it!!!
Yanie
Yanie on November 26
chic chic chic! lovely look!
GeorgianaPufleanu
GeorgianaPufleanu on November 26
like! chic vote!
Eduarda
Eduarda on November 26
Beautiful dress.
cassiopeiareal
cassiopeiareal on November 26
loved it...
kingsibulo
kingsibulo on November 26
cute dress! so chic dear :)
Shaniqua1071
Shaniqua1071 on November 25
Your dress is soo pretty, I love the cut out details and looks soo great with pop of the turquoise purse and necklace, great look!!!!!
ReadyTwoWear
ReadyTwoWear on November 25
i love the colors and the dress!! you look great!
solybBy
solybBy on November 25
very cute
mangoista
mangoista on November 25
gorgeous! love the dress & necklace!
itsnikki
itsnikki on November 25
awesome ensemble! great pop of color! love every piece! chic and fab!
Mrt
Mrt on November 25
Lovely!!
CherieS
CherieS on November 25
love it ! so cute
Beeswonderland
Beeswonderland on November 25
Great necklace and bag!You look great!
Candy_La_Pop
Candy_La_Pop on November 25
you're a waaaay to gorgeous! :) love your style! Amazing find, this dress!
Diamonddigger
Diamonddigger on November 25
another fab outfit!! if you carry on like this I'll have to become your fan! ;-)
omvic
omvic on November 24
nice dress!
lovestheday
lovestheday on November 24
love the gold dress....nice combination with blue color :0 love this
headbandit
headbandit on November 24
Love the dress with the turquoise accessories!
psykoKilla
psykoKilla on November 24
Wow, this is great! :-)
gdolceamore
gdolceamore on November 24
omg that dress is beautiful! i love the turquoise accessories- unexpected.
butterfliesandkisses
butterfliesandkisses on November 24
love the dress and the color combo
MissMeggo
MissMeggo on November 24
That dress is such a cool pattern! I love it. Great accents too.
freedomwings
freedomwings on November 24
Amazing outfit!! One of my favs or yours!!
AiB
AiB on November 24
AWESOME outfit! :) I love the dress and the additional kick your tights add :)
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on November 24
love the dress!!!
somewhereovertherain
somewhereovertherain on November 24
great dress!!
thedramaholic
thedramaholic on November 24
I love the blues!
AleksandraRizovska
AleksandraRizovska on November 24
Love the colors....
Miss_Mary
Miss_Mary on November 24
OMG love love your dress. Love the blue n you look fab as u always do. Faving this:)
katslovefashion
katslovefashion on November 24
gorgeous! love the pop of electric blue!
angiekje
angiekje on November 24
LOVE it!! faving :D
SaffronHaze
SaffronHaze on November 24
Thanks Ange! ^_^
angiekje
angiekje on November 24
reading later since I am tired now ;)
thesmartdresser
thesmartdresser on November 24
this is waaaay to chic!!
LostinOz
LostinOz on November 24
This is so cute! And the clash of turquoise w/the outfit just makes it POP =D
Aphrodite
Aphrodite on November 24
turquoise super love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and gorgeous dress! love how you styled it with the blues and shoes+socks!!! CHIC!
trinnah
trinnah on November 24
I LOVE YOUR DRESS!!!! It's amazing! I love the pops of turquoise, too! :) Thanks for your tips! :)
SaffronHaze
SaffronHaze on November 24
Thanks! It was such a good buy =)
commonsenseandstilet
commonsenseandstilet on November 24
love this! so cute :)
Elekon_Chic_Boutique
Elekon_Chic_Boutique on November 24
that is amazing! love the colour!
worldgoneglam
worldgoneglam on November 24
love the colors! great tips for thrifting!
HeartOfAnAlterEgo
HeartOfAnAlterEgo on November 24
cute knee high socks!
Reybeltane
Reybeltane on November 24
way to accessorize! that blue is awesome!
Ramona_C
Ramona_C on November 24
I love this dress. So great finding! Love touch of turquoise accessories. Great DIY. From what You made this fab necklace? It's hard to tell. You look stunning and so sweet! xo Ra
SaffronHaze
SaffronHaze on November 24
Thanks Ramona!! The necklace is made of pieces of leather fed through the links of chain. It took aaages haha =)
londondude
londondude on November 24
Such a great, cute look! I love the dress, especially with the amazing patten detail, Like sea shells. the splash of turquoise is just ideal, and the knee high socks are perfect too! Very chic <33
SaffronHaze
SaffronHaze on November 24
Thanks so much! I missed your lovely comments =)
ChiccaStyle
ChiccaStyle on November 24
amazing!
charmsyeong
charmsyeong on November 24
I love how the turquoise pops out and really ties the whole look together. Great thrifting tips too :)
stylenomad
stylenomad on November 24
your turquoise accessories really pop and are a very refreshing color!
guiaalvendia
guiaalvendia on November 24
love the dress!
modgeisha
modgeisha on November 24
Love the vintage dress and the light blue accents! Voted!
JennaStevie
JennaStevie on November 24
Absolutly gorgeous, I love this vintage dress, the material looks amazing. I love the blue accessories, the necklace is so great!
bellavanite
bellavanite on November 24
OMG!!! the dress is stunning!!! i love the necklace with it, it's my fave of yours because you made it yourself. and the thrifting tips are so helpful. totally loving this.
SaffronHaze
SaffronHaze on November 24
Thanks so much! ^_^
insik0510
insik0510 on November 24
love the dress!!
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON on November 24
Great accessories and styling :)
enigmasupernova
enigmasupernova on November 24
amazing vintage dress! you look fab as always!
fashionica
fashionica on November 24
FAB FIND!!! That top turned dress is really unique &oh so chic:) Love how you styled it with those cute turquoise pieces-- AMAZING as always:)
SaffronHaze
SaffronHaze on November 24
Thank you dear! =)
fashionica
fashionica on November 24
Btw, great tips:D
tequiLaShots
tequiLaShots on November 24
that's hot! ;)
FairyColors
FairyColors on November 24
ohh, that dress is absolutely gorgeous, dear!! l just felt in love with it!!! the color and knitted details are amazing and l looove those shoes and pop of light blue looks amazing on you!! great tips too :D colors and prints stand out at the first side for me. then l look at the fabrics and shape. l have a good friend with similar taste and l love to go trifting with her. ;)
SaffronHaze
SaffronHaze on November 24
I'm exactly the same! haha I think it's nice to be able to enjoy doing things alone sometimes =) thrifting is definitely "me" time!
FairyColors
FairyColors on November 24
but, yeah, l usualy prefer to go alone so l can stay how much l want and try everything l think it's cute because l can find something that l like but my friend doesn't... l have the same tips too :D well done, dear!! ;)
BlueDesing
BlueDesing on November 24
wow!!love love dres!! cute combo dress with necklace!!
ilovered
ilovered on November 24
nice!cool necklace:)
cityofbugs
cityofbugs on November 24
beautiful vintage dress! i love it with the bright blue accessories and long socks!
KellyJoy
KellyJoy on November 24
that dress is gorgeous! and i love it with the turquoise, so unique! favorited!!:)
nennen35
nennen35 on November 24
cute dress! love the socks too. nice add :)
babydollbutton
babydollbutton on November 24
I lobr the touch of turquoise on your outfit! And very lovely dress
lharajavillonar
lharajavillonar on November 24
love it
rainbowsandfairydust
rainbowsandfairydust on November 24
stunning dress xx
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