EXPLORE all the resale shops in your area to find out which ones best suit your needs. Each shop has it's own personality, so your certain to find several favorites.
ALLOW yourself ample time to shop. Resale shopping takes time and patience. Resalers have a vast selection, much more than a "new" store could afford to stock. You'll want time to look through all the choices to find your prizes. Look at it as a treasure hunt. Have fun and explore.
SHOP OFTEN for the best selection. Resale shops change inventory daily and the most savvy shoppers know to check out their favorite shops weekly. Don't miss out on the new arrivals. Resale stores have sales so don't forget to ask what their sale days are. If they don't have one particular sale day ask when there next big sale is. Resale shopping is already a bargain so shopping when there is a big sale just gives you more bang for your buck.
CHECK OUT ALL SIZES not just the size you usually wear. Keep in mind that not all manufacturers cut their clothing the same and some clothing may have already been altered. Ladies this means just because it says it's a size 10 doesn't mean it won't fit like a 6. If you really like an item don't let the number stand in your way, truly take the time to check it out. This rule is especially true for vintage clothing. Vintage clothes tend to run smaller. A vintage size 12 may be equivalent to a size 8 by today's size standards. So again don't be afraid of what the tag says check it out.
ASK ABOUT varied payment options. Cash is always welcome, but credit and debit cards are also accepted at a lot of thrift stores now.
BE FLEXIBLE don't limit yourself by looking for one specific item. This is why it is so important to have ample time when resale shopping. If you only have the time to look for your one specific item, I garuntee you are going to miss out on lots of great stuff. You may miss those key pieces that will complete your wardrobe or that great painting that will look good over your fireplace or that vintage coat that looks exactly like the $500 coat you saw in the magazine. Another helpful tip, when you see something that calls out to you buy it. Provided the item is within your price range. The reason I say this is because chances are that item will not be there the next time you visit. Resale shopping is an untapped goldmine. I hope these tips will help as you explore the world of thrifting. I would love to hear about your fabulous finds so please post a comment. Please add a picture of your find as well. Okay now READY, SET, GO THRIFTING.
The Thrifty Fashionista