While it may seem like I buy everything in sight when I go thrifting, I do manage to show some restraint when it comes to what I purchase. Every time I shop, I take time to evaluate what’s in my cart before I head to the cashier. Usually, I’ll find a quiet aisle in the store to look at what I’ve thrown in my cart and weed through my selections. As I do this process, I ask myself 5 simple questions to help make the selection process easier, so I thought I would share them with you today. Let’s go!
1. Do I have something similar already in my closet?
I’ve definitely been guilty of buying multiples of the same item (did someone say polka dot blouse?), but I try to think about what I already own because there’s really no use in wasting money on something that I already have 2 or 3 other versions of in my closet. I like to think of it this way–if you already have the perfect red lipstick in your collection, why would you buy 5 others that are similar? Use the one you have that you know you love and save yourself some money!
2. Is the item in good condition?
I know, I know, you’ll totally be able to remove the stain that’s on the shirt you found at Goodwill. “It’s only $3! It’s so cute! And it’s designer!,” you say, but we all know the truth…
Now I know this isn’t the case for everyone, but I personally just don’t take the time to repair clothes that I find at the thrift store. And yes, this includes a Marc Jacobs shirt that I found at Salvation Army. It was adorable and in my size, but it had a huge stain on the back, so I left it behind. This happens to me regularly while shopping. Whether it’s a tear, a stain, or a broken zipper, if the item in question is damaged, I always leave it behind. You just have to be honest with yourself; if you know you won’t take the time to fix the item in question, don’t bother wasting even $1 on it. There are plenty of other amazing pieces out there that won’t require any mending!
3. Am I in love with it?
Thrifting has one definite drawback: you can’t return anything. This means you have to be even more selective when shopping. When considering the items in your cart, ask yourself if you really love what you have. There’s a definite difference between getting something because it’s a great deal and you kind of like it and getting something that you really love and it happens to be a good deal. Loading up on items that you’re lukewarm about will only cause you to waste money and overload your closet.
4. Will it put me over budget?
Thrifting is great and it may seem like you’re getting amazing deals, but a cart full of items can add up quickly. While I don’t always have a steadfast budget in mind every time I go shopping, there’s definitely a threshold in which I feel comfortable purchasing items. Usually this threshold is around the $10 mark. If I have something in my cart that goes over that threshold, I’ll think twice about actually taking it home with me. Set yourself some sort of bench mark before you get started shopping, so you’ll have a better idea of where to cap your spending when it comes time to ring up your purchases.
5. Do I have anything to pair it with/wear it to?
I know thrifting is all about finding that “one-of-a-kind, unique, awesome” piece of clothing, but sometimes, those pieces end up collecting dust because they’re too difficult to work into your wardrobe. Think about what you can pair the item in question with; if you can’t envision it with something that you already own, or where you would wear it to, that might be a sign to pass on it.
I hope these tips help you to get the best of the best the next time you go thrifting!
I got word about a couple of clothing swaps happening this Saturday, September 26th, in the Sacramento area, so I just had to share them with you!
First up, the Fall Stitch Swap will be on Saturday from 11am-2pm at 2110 K Street in Sacramento. There is a $10 fee for the first 8 items and an additional $1 fee for each additional item. All proceeds will benefit St.John’s Women’s and Children’s Center.
There’s also going to be a Girls Night Out Shopping event and clothing swap from 6-8pm on Saturday at the Dignity Health Medical Plaza in Elk Grove. Admission is free and any donations will benefit My Sister’s House.
If you go to either of these events, make sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see what you scored!
Labor Day weekend is upon us and there are definitely some good sales to be had. Check out what’s going on in Sacramento this holiday weekend:
Thrift Town is having a two-day sale, with 50% off all clothing on Labor Day
Goodwill will have 50% off storewide on Labor Day.
WEAVEWorks Recycled Fashion will have 50% off all clothing on Labor Day.
Check out how to purge your closet and prepare for your next trip to Freestyle Clothing Exchange!