I have been an avid thrifter for as long as I can remember. Rummaging through miles and miles of used clothes was one of the best skills my mom taught me....and I've saved so much money re-using clothes and furniture through the years. I also love that it is more sustainable, and I donate all of my clothes when I'm done using them so another happy thrifter can benefit from them.
Over the years, I've been asked, "how do you find cute stuff while thrifting?" It's true, thousands of items of clothes, often crammed together and lacking the right size tags can be super overwhelming, but if you're committed to getting a good deal and shopping sustainably, it can be a fun treasure hunt! (don't give me crazy eyes....it's true!)
Come along with as I thrift shopped last week and hear a couple tips that might help you too!
Here are some of my tips from the video (and a few more I added in!)
1. Have patience and look through everything!
Push all the hangers down as far as they can go. This way you can go through them one at a time. Move quickly....your eye can generally catch a cute color or pattern you like. This will keep you on time, but still seeing everything so nothing is missed. Allot a good amount of time for thrifting....you'll need at least a couple hours to find good stuff. Thrifting shouldn't happen on a day you feel rushed, because it takes patience!
2. Have intention when you shop
If you know what you're looking for, you'll be more apt to find something like it. I don't typically know exactly the style I want, but I usually know that I am looking for a certain color or a type of clothes (like a dress, shoe, or pant). This helps me intentionally go where those things are, so I don't feel super overwhelmed with all the stuff.
3. Find out when your thrift shop re-stocks or when their big drop offs come in
Big drop offs typically happen after holidays or Mondays after everyone went through their clothes on the weekend. And certain thrift shops re-stock or get things in on certain days. If you can find out when those times are, you can show up before other thrifters snag the great stuff.
4. Check out thrift shops in more high end neighborhoods
When doing this, you can often find name brands and higher end clothes. (But don't discount your thrift shop just because it isn't in a good area. There can be great stuff anywhere!)
5. Try on EVERYTHING and take risks!
You never know if something will look great until you try it on. So try on more then you would at a regular store! I also find that taking risks is more fun with thrifted clothes. I don't want to spend $40 on something that is a statement but I maybe won't wear all the time, but I will spend $5.99 on it. :)
6. Go on sale days!
You can find out by asking when your sale days are at your local thrift shops. They normally discount certain color tags.....and discounts on thrift clothes make them even MORE affordable!
7. Be creative, have fun, and buy sustainably or fair trade whenever you can!
This is my most favorite way to wear my hair! I've had friends ask how I get it so curly, so here's a quick tutorial on what I use. I feel like I channel my inner 'Mamma Mia' when I do my hair like this....and it's totally one of my most favorite movies. :)
Curling Wand Used Here
I also used.... Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo and Frizz Ease Hairspray
I really wanted to fill this awkwardly BLANK space on my wall. And since our ceilings are somewhat high, everything I tried here looked miniature size. We decided that three 6ft picture shelves would help our space feel less empty!
Turns out, buying pre-made 6ft shelves from any store is ridiculously expensive. Eeek! So we decided to build them ourselves. While we are by no means experts, here's a quick step by step guide for how we built ours and what we stained them with.
The cost of the material for the wood shelves was about $15-18 a shelf. (Depending on if you already have some of the supplies).
Hey, friend! I'm Chelsie!
Stay a while and get comfy. <3