You can create a luxurious look without cashing in your 401K! Making a strong style statement has less to do with price tags and more to do with creativity and taste. That said one of the best places to find unique clothing can be your local thrift store. So before you head out to scour for your prize winning find, note these seven tips to successful vintage shopping.
#1 SHOP IN GENERAL TERMS.
I find it best to go to the thrift store looking for a general article of clothing as opposed to a specific item. Your heart will be broken and your temper boiling if you go in looking for an orange sheer button down top with cream polka dots and one breast pocket.
#2 THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM!
You should arrive just before the doors open. Think Black Friday! The longer you wait to arrive the more opportunities you give other savvy shoppers to snatch your trophy piece. Additionally, the clothing is freshly organized and the store is in its best shape which can be a time saver.
#3 LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT ALONE…
No, seriously. I say this enough to make it my personal style mantra. If you don’t love an item, don’t buy it. There is a strong possibility you will be distracted by the insanely low prices but stick to your guns! You don’t need anything less than show stopping in your closet.
#4 CREATURE COMFORTS
Athletic wear is en vogue so step into your kicks and shop in comfort. You need to be in the proper attire to stand, walk and bend without restraint. Make sure you eat your Wheaties; it is after all the breakfast of champions.
#5 KNOW WHEN TO SHOP
Some thrift stores offer even more discounts on their merchandise certain days of the week. Don’t be shy, call ahead and inquire about special discount days! Get more bang for the buck.
#6 SEARCH HIGH AND LOW!
A lot of times shoes hide atop racks and purses are tucked away in alcoves. All it might require to score a new broach is a bit of elbow grease. Call it your barre class for the day, plié for those purses!
#7 TRY IT ON!
Take a few extra minutes to find the fitting room and make sure your finds have fantastic fit. If the piece is not perfect but can be made right with a bit of tailoring then go for it! If you are one of those people who swears to have items altered just to have it end up as closet décor, see #3!