Second-hand shopping and thrifting is a great way to spice up your wardrobe in an environmentally friendly way whilst being cost-effective. It can get tedious looking through endless racks to find that holy grail item. There are a few tricks to help you find what you’re looking for more effectively, saving you all that time and effort.
Keep a list of your needs and wants. You can do this however you like, but if you’re not sure - doing it in order of priority is a good technique. Also, here you can include specific sizing and measurements making it easier for you to look through and find the piece that fits perfectly.
When shopping, if you see something, and you’re thinking really hard about how to make it fit your current wardrobe, the truth is, it probably won’t fit in at all. At the same time, try not to stress over something if you love it. If you love it enough, you can make it work. Statement pieces don’t always have to fit in.
Set your standards of what you will and won’t accept before shopping. Thrifting used items can mean you’ll see a whole range of items, looking anywhere from pristine to a little grubby. It’s super helpful to know your standard for each item you want- maybe you want hardly used shoes but don’t mind a jacket that’s a little more worn.
If you want to save time, thrift shopping online can be a great alternative to looking through bargain bins. Utilise that search feature and narrow down how many pieces you have to look through. Some great options for this are Poshmark or Depop.
Written by Abby Ashenhurst
Digital content executive @ E