By Perin Romano

I love clothes like most people do. When I was younger, my mom would take me shopping, and it would be like this really fun thing we did, except now all of a sudden, I have to buy my own clothes. It’s super cool that thrifting is like, “in” now or whatever, and I am what people would call ‘experienced’ so I definitely have some tips for getting the best stuff at the thrift store.

  1. Research the city you’re thrifting in. If you’re going to a thrift store in a city mostly populated by an older generation, then the neighborhood goodwill will most likely have some older things. The people who live near the store are probably the people donating. Although the difference isn’t huge, there is one between older communities. Not to mention, there is a huge difference between cities of different climates. There definitely will not be winter jackets in Florida.
  2. Look for basics first. Since the whole idea of shopping at a thrift store has become pretty popular recently, people can go in having pretty high expectations. Thrift stores aren’t like a normal store, so it’s not guaranteed what will be on the racks. Even if a perfect pair of Levi’s 501s aren’t on the racks, it is pretty likely that a cool old sweatshirt or tee-shirt will be there.
  3. Ask yourself if you will really wear it. Once you tell yourself that basics are the way to go, it can be pretty easy to overbuy or buy things you really won’t end up wearing. Make sure to look at the item of clothing, and really think about if it is something you would get a lot of wear out of. Not to mention, there could be stains that you think you can get out, but really can’t.
  4. Look at the men’s section. A lot of the time, if you’re looking for something specific like sweatshirts, tee-shirts, sweaters, or pants, they will be in the guy’s section. There so many more because you don’t have to comb through the blouses and tank tops. You can also find some really cool oversized things.
  5. Look for DIY potential. Some of my coolest and favorite clothes are things I’ve diyed from the thrift store. Besides the traditional cropping of a sweatshirt or t-shirt, you can also add zippers, or scrunch hems. They turn out super cool, and they are still cheaper than something you could buy at Urban Outfitters or Forever 21. So my last tip is to definitely look for clothes that can be turned into something super unique.

These are the tips that I have been following for quite some time, and I hope you find them helpful too. I love thrifting, and these tips have really made it easier.