When people imagine thrift stores many images come to mind. Some immediately get a vision of overwhelming rows of dusty clothes, old stained mugs, carnival glass, and other faded pieces of junk discarded by society.
When my friend Sam thinks of thrift stores, she thinks of dead people’s clothes. Rows and rows of dead people’s clothes.
When I think of thrift stores, I think of options. Lots of inexpensive options. And I also think how great it is for the environment that I am reusing or re-purposing items.
I can’t say that any of the previously mentioned visions are entirely false. However, I can say with some certainty that most clothes at any thrift store are NOT from a dead person’s closet. Also, that thrifting can surely be overwhelming BUT I have three tips to keep you from being overloaded while shopping. I call them … drumroll… the Three P’s of Thrifting!
I have been a thrift store convert since I was 14 years old, so I am your girl when it comes to tips and tricks. My grandma would take me to St. Vincent De Paul on Sundays and we would search the racks for unique clothing and other items.
Nowadays, I’ve developed a pretty fail-proof system to avoid being overwhelmed, and also to make thrift stores work in your benefit.
Here are Ms. Moxie’s Three P’s of Thrifting!
Tip 1. Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest.
Use Pinterest. Alot.
Find ideas you like, pin them, and use them as thrift store shopping inspiration.
Whether you are into funky and frugal fashion, or you fancy yourself a refurb goddess, Pinterest will give you great ideas. Pinterest will also curb you from wasting money on more junk, by giving you a better idea of what you are looking for.
Tip 2. Look for potential…
Look for potential in everything.
For example, if you want to do a picture frame collage on your wall, look for picture frames with funky textures and shapes. Sometimes an amazing picture frame will already have, say, a faded picture of a goose wearing a bonnet in it. It happens frequently. You can throw the picture away and keep the awesome frame.
If you want to make some rosettes, look for vintage fabric OR a dress you can cut up and use for rosette fabric.
Think specific colors and materials, and shop with them in mind. It seems like a no-brainer, but for some people the sheer quantity of stuff at a thrift store becomes overwhelming.
Tip 3. Purpose…
Look for items that fit your purpose.
This is a major one. Sometimes there really isn’t anything that works for your purpose at a thrift store. In my experience, it’s a rare situation, but when it happens don’t waste your money, just go back another time.
Whatever your purpose is for thrift store shopping, I know the Three P’s of Thrifting will help guide your way. Re-purpose, re-use, re-fashion and love it all over again. That’s my motto.
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