Thrift Like a Pro!

Updated on Jul 15, 2011
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chic_pop
chic_pop on June 16
So addicting! I've been thrifting for years and have found brand new clothes from the most expensive brands for $3! It can be overwhelming, and can take a while to sift through all of the not-so-stylish clothes, but being able to get designer coach bags, vera bradleys, clothes from Aeropostale, and much, much, more!
chic_pop
chic_pop on June 16
-is worth it! sentence got cut off :)
bella_emme
bella_emme on October 22
i've been thriifting for a while now, but i've been finding more modern pieces. im hoping one day to find a little gem of a store somewhere though
WildCatt
WildCatt on July 30
Thanks for the advice. I've been thrifting in the city for a while now, but defiantly going to try hitting up some suburb thrift stores.
Annaindeed
Annaindeed on May 24
Wow!! I'm getting so excited now!!! :)) nthanks for the suggestions <3
Riya131
Riya131 on April 27
I am getting there whooopie
Mishelle
Mishelle on April 25
grea tips!
pandaphilia
pandaphilia on March 14
this is an amazing article! i like hearing your voice through your writing and thanks for the thrifting tips!
XinYiChong
XinYiChong on January 12
Like!
mariachuvachu
mariachuvachu on September 30
i've been thrift shopping since I was 16 and now I'm 20. thank you sooooo much for the new advices, <3
michelle2119
michelle2119 on August 28
FUN!
MakeupxSparkles
MakeupxSparkles on August 26
i love thrifting
IvonneLancaster
IvonneLancaster on August 16
And I thought I was good at thrifting before! Now I can get even better!
briannamiller9625
briannamiller9625 on August 14
I'm trying to start thrifting to save money, and these tips are great! I've always been a little lost as to how to shop in thrift stores and what's worth the money or not :) Thanks so much for the info!
pinkkreen
pinkkreen on August 13
I've never went thrifting before and I think I will give it a try sounds like you can really get awesome deals and clothes and thanks for the tips :)
syjjang
syjjang on August 12
Good tips!
Stephandco
Stephandco on August 09
going thriting tmrw nice tips!!
imperfectidealist
imperfectidealist on August 09
went thrifting for the first time last weekend! thanks for this great post!
sarahinthesky
sarahinthesky on August 05
I'm actually going thrifting tomorrow with my friends. Three of us are pros, and we're taking two girls who are new, so it should be fun. This challenges me to be a bit more bold in my choices tomorrow. I'm excited.
awilde087
awilde087 on August 05
this article was very helpful!! thanks for sharing! :)
leci
leci on August 05
wow love it...i've been doing thrifty shopping before....thanks for new advices... will be planning for my next thrifty trip...=)
krystaldreamin
krystaldreamin on August 04
Ive thrift shopped before but love the ideas using Imagination...will keep them in mind!!!
penelope204
penelope204 on August 04
I'm going thrift shopping very soon :) can't wait
fringedbeauty
fringedbeauty on August 04
great tips!
candygirlcolette
candygirlcolette on August 04
I used to work at Salvation Army which was amazing for finding new clothes.
LEM413
LEM413 on August 04
I used to be a Goodwill fiend when I was in high school. My favorite find was definitely a white high-waisted miniskirt with a black dinosaur print. It's seriously amazing.
EmilyWujek
EmilyWujek on August 04
These are great tips! I use #1(I live in suburbs!), 2 and 3 often. I also shop with my best friend, she has a great eye and picks out amazing pieces. One thing I like to do is take oversized tees and crop them to wear with high-waisted bottoms. My advice is to shop often because they put new pieces out all the time.
Miss_Giannina
Miss_Giannina on August 04
thanks for the tip!
Shan08
Shan08 on August 04
Great article...couldn't agree more. The best places to thrift are away from the cities and anything can be made into something else.
BombshellShocked
BombshellShocked on August 04
Great article! So many people say to get out of the city, but I often find the opposite to be true. Outlying areas sometimes are less picked over, but city stores cycle through so much more merchandise, have much larger stores and it takes me less time to hop from shop to shop. Bottom line, SHOP EVERYWHERE!
laurenmcg1229
laurenmcg1229 on August 04
This is a great guide! I've been meaning to take a thift trip soon, and now I'll definitely know how to go about it. Thanks for the lovely article and tips!
theyellowpolkadots
theyellowpolkadots on August 02
miss thrifty shopper.
marisa03
marisa03 on August 01
I love thrifting because as a student i dont always have the cash to buy "new" clothes every season
Asia11
Asia11 on July 31
:) Loved the Article! I swear by second hand items! greatest part is that chances of someone at a party or event having the same outfit are basically zero!
leahl11
leahl11 on July 31
interesting article! really loved the tips
rach77
rach77 on July 29
nice
lizzified
lizzified on July 26
i love thrifting for accessories and will put your tips to good use! however, i am very petite and can always never find anything that fits right
sheilamdenison
sheilamdenison on July 25
I've been planning a trip to goodwill after I get some money, I will definitely take these little bits of advice
Aprilfrances
Aprilfrances on July 25
THANKS FOR THE TIP
FASHIONSTASHIN
FASHIONSTASHIN on July 23
love
LaurenSchoon
LaurenSchoon on July 22
Great guide! I work in the clothing dept at a thrift store and so most of my clothes are from there. These are all great tips and ones that i use a lot, especially #2 and 3. I keep a list of items I'm looking for and more often than not, they come in. Still waiting for that perfect buttery leather jacket, though! I also browse though every size. They vary depending on the brand and how long ago it was made. And the clothes also get mixed up a lot. I can't tell you how many times I've found a size XS in the XL section!
Im_lolo
Im_lolo on July 21
the best thing to do when thrifting in my opinon is def. going alone it takes alot of focus but its well worth it!
imanicecelia
imanicecelia on July 20
great tips, love your story
livisfat
livisfat on July 20
awesome(:
HallieDaily
HallieDaily on July 20
Yes, I remember my first time went to thrift store, I ran away after I smelt the soot. somehow I get a little bit addict on thrift shop now, to bring $10 or $20 budget and found a big bag of "new" stuff, couldn't be happier for that:D
LoveThaBu
LoveThaBu on July 20
thank u.thats so helpful!
destinysierra
destinysierra on July 20
awesome!
chely_bean
chely_bean on July 19
Wow great tips. I personally love going thrifting cus you find unique items that you wont find anywhere else. I love #4 & also trying the kids' section is also cool. some of their sizes run big, especially with their dresses & skirts (: Thank you so much for these ideas hun
Chabri
Chabri on July 19
great tips =) i don't usually find a lot of great stuff quantity wise....but sometimes you find the perfect gems!
crystaldots
crystaldots on July 19
Hey Madeline, great post about thrifting! I like to use #3 especially when I go thrifting. I went thrifting for the first time when I was in Weho a couple of years; I was just browsing and found the perfect belt for $3. It was an amazing purchase - almost brand new. I still use it till this day! I hope you continue writing for EIU! Yay for local bloggers. : ).
sarasol
sarasol on July 19
love thrifting, i think it's probably heredtary ;)
chaplinnn
chaplinnn on July 18
Another tip: dress accordingly! Almost all of the thrift store around Columbus Ohio don't have fitting rooms — I go prepared and wear an airy skirt and tank so I can easily slip items on to check the fit!
sexytibz
sexytibz on July 18
I love thrifting too! and you're right it's addicting :D
Vintage_Feona
Vintage_Feona on July 18
Very helpful. Thank you.
LestaLatin
LestaLatin on July 18
Great post, very helpful
Lazycatstyle
Lazycatstyle on July 18
Am addicted to thrift stores. Thank you for the advices. Am gonna try the denim vest! Usually i buy accesories like belts and bags in thrift stores, they are in best condition, put the vintage vibe iinto a trendy outfit and if you don´t feel sure about wearing something used, accesories are the best option. ( This might be another tip!)
MiuSan
MiuSan on July 18
Very good article!
eshainepn
eshainepn on July 18
so helpful! thanks!
kuteasabutton
kuteasabutton on July 18
Great Tips!
erikakaka
erikakaka on July 18
I <3 thrifting ;)
beccamaihato
beccamaihato on July 18
awesome tips! thanks :)
EveyHoneysuckle
EveyHoneysuckle on July 18
I ABSOLUTELY love this! I attack Salvation Army once a month basically (even to the point that just a few days while I was vacation, I went to the Salvation Army instead of shopping at actual stores haha)
Squarectomy
Squarectomy on July 18
Getting out of a major city is definitely key! I've found so much just be venturing a little outside of Los Angeles. (And better prices.) <3
thesimpletheory
thesimpletheory on July 18
great advice! i never thought of shopping in the children's section!
jessw515
jessw515 on July 18
Good advice! I love thrifting!!
pandaroo
pandaroo on July 18
This is so helpful!
wowalyssa
wowalyssa on July 18
i love thrift shops though i just discovered it last year! and you're right, it's addicting! :D
aribear22
aribear22 on July 18
i love thrift stores(:
JingForonda
JingForonda on July 18
i luv thrifting!!! My go to place is GW of Los Altos (that is Good Will) and American Cancer Society....I usually pick clothes/items that are either made in USA , England, Italy...Got JBrand jeans, Lucky brand Jeans, GH Bass Loafers, Free People, one of my fave dress by Karen Boyd...also a vintage Coach bag...also a $10 Nahoku bracelets (OMG), Cole Haan penny loafers,Michaek Kors vintage boots
OnTheGanges
OnTheGanges on July 16
Dude, am I psyched to see you writing an article on Chictopia! I've experienced the pains that your first point talks about, especially in instances where in more popular areas, the greatest pieces have already walked out the door long before you arrived, which is the greatest of bummers.
razzel
razzel on July 16
i would love to try your advice!!! thanks!!!
bevvar95
bevvar95 on July 24
thanks so much for that, great advice eeppp cant wait to get shopping :)
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