I’ve been thrifting for years. Probably over half of my life. It started when I was 3 or 4. My mom was working so I got to hang out with my grandma during the days and she’d take me along to the thrift stores and buy me cute clothes and toys I surely didn’t need.
As I got older, I started to thrift because it was cheaper than going to the mall. And then when I got into thrifting for sustainability, everything changed.
Because thrifting is always my first thought when needing or wanting something new, I’ve gotten pretty good at it. I can’t tell you how many times I hear “Caity, you’re so good at thrifting!” “I need to go thrifting with you, you always find the best stuff” “I never find anything good!” or the obligatory eye roll and chuckle along with an “Of course” when I tell them my outfit is secondhand.
So here it is. All of my secrets, tips, and tricks are laid out for you in one post.
The Ultimate Guide to Thrifting Successfully:
Disclaimer: There are always factors that go into whether or not you’ll find something good such as time, money, location, etc. I can’t guarantee that you’ll find the best things ever with my tips but they should help!
1. Go often
Thrifting is like a sport. I’m not saying you have to go every day but I usually go once a week (especially when looking for specific things). This gives you the best chance at finding new things as they’re put out. If you don’t frequent the thrifts you will miss out on treasures and the good stuff will get snapped up!
2. Check the ends of the aisles
In my experience, thrift store employees will often put the new items on the ends of the racks and you can find new, good pieces clumped together there.
3. Know when to thrift
Most thrift stores will restock on Mondays and Fridays (before and after the weekend) so these are the best days to go. You can always ask them when they restock as well as it’s super helpful info!
4. Check the rolling racks in between aisles
These standalone racks are FULL of gems. These are either items that haven’t been put out yet or are other try-ons that didn’t work out. Either way, they’re usually a hit.
5. Don’t skip the men’s section
Almost all of my graphic tees and crewneck sweaters are from the men’s section. Men’s clothing is usually better quality anyway plus you have better chances at finding something with an oversized fit if that’s what you’re looking for!
6. Keep a list of things you’re looking for
The last thing I want to do is promote overconsumption even when it comes to buying second-hand. It helps a lot to keep a list that way you have a plan, won’t get too distracted and can find your dream items.
7. Sign up for email lists/rewards programs
Most thrift stores have some kind of rewards program and they’re usually worth signing up for. These can allow you to earn points when you shop which turn into coupons, offer discounts and exclusive offers. Valu Village is one of my favourite programs to be a part of as they offer special birthday discounts every year which is so fun!
8. Scan for colours, patterns and textures you like
Don’t stand there and sift through every. piece. of clothing. It’ll take too long and you’ll get exhausted before you find anything good. Get really good at scanning for the colours and patterns that you know you like.
9. Wear comfy, easy-to-change clothes
Don’t wear lace-up boots or tie-back dresses. You should be wearing clothes that can come on and off with ease like a t-shirt and slip-on shoes so you can try on all your clothes in less time.
10. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it
Returns can be a nuisance when it comes to thrift stores. So don’t waste your money on something you’re not completely in love with.
There you have it! The ultimate guide to thrifting successfully! Please don’t forget to share this post and make sure to follow me on Instagram for daily thrifting inspiration!