It's no secret that one of my favorite hobbies is going thrifting. I could spend an entire weekend hopping from thrift stores to garage sales and back again. I have my favorite stores I like to frequent and whenever we're visiting somewhere new, I HAVE to hit up the local shops. My favorite finds to date are an upholstered headboard for $17 (EXACTLY like I had been looking for) and the Bing Crosby Christmas record. My senior prom dress was even thrifted! I've turned most of my friends on to thrifting, so much so that my friend Andrea wrote her own post all about thrifting! Some of her tips are similar to mine but she offers a different perspective so I encourage you to go check out her post as well.
Here are 5 of my best tips for a successful thrifting adventure.
#1: DON'T go hungry or tired.
We all know you shouldn't go grocery shopping hungry, you also shouldn't go thrifting hungry OR tired. Many times at thrift stores you need to dig through racks to find the gems and you have to be in the right frame of mind to do so. Stash some extra beverages and snacks in the car if you're planning an all day outing.
#2: ALWAYS get a cart.
Like, as soon as you walk in the door. You will think you don't need one or that you'll only be in the store for 5 minutes. Get a cart anyway. A cart allows you to free up your hands for optimal searching. You will also conserve your energy as you won't have to carry around all your finds.
#3: Clothing: If you like it, put it in the cart (& try it on).
Because you can find anything and everything at the thrift store, if you like something just put it in the cart. If it's a pattern or style that you even remotely like, put it in the cart. Then try EVERYTHING on. Since everything is pre-loved (and often shrunk) you never know what will/won't fit. I also encourage you to ignore sizes, I have found so many great gems outside my standard size. For example a larger size button down can be tied at the waist and paired with a jeans or tucked into a skirt. I have also found that sizing in jeans is sometimes off since wearing & washing alters the material a bit. Don't be afraid if you're taking a lot into the fitting room (you've trained for this remember? Refer back to tip #1). My cart often looks like this if it makes you feel better! Just don't be a jerk and leave the fitting room a mess, hang stuff up and put it back outside the fitting room if at all possible.
#4: Home Decor & T'chotchkes: If you can't think of at least two places to put it, don't get it.
If you can't think of at least two places to put it, don't get it. Something that helps me is to keep a running list of things I'm always looking for and could always incorporate into my decor. Things like: brass candlesticks, ivory vintage blankets, baskets & plant stands, depression glass, and picture frames. I don't tend to buy a lot of items that I would need to DIY. Knowing myself, I'll put it in a pile to DIY "one day" and it'll just end up back at Goodwill in 6 months.
#5. Go often.
Here's the thing about thrifting... you have to go often if you want to find what you're looking for, or if you want to find those hidden gems you didn't know you needed! Because the inventory is always changing, you really never know what you're going to find and that's half the fun of it!
If you use any of these tips please tag me at @edgewoodplaceoccasions so I can see your haul! If you're local and don't feeling like hunting for finds yourself, I've done the work for you... stop by my new shop inside Painted Plethora in Jackson, Michigan! Everything is curated for you, by me, and let me tell you - it was hard not to keep everything for myself. All the info for the shop can be found on Instagram or on the home page of this website. Happy hunting!