As you know, My Closet etc. is all about loving on vintage gems and thrift stores are the places where I usually find the gorgeous Lucky Brand, Free People, and crazy gorgeous bohemian pieces that are in stock (I linked some for your curiosity).
However, when I take friends or talk to strangers about it, they always say that thrift stores are overwhelming and they never find anything! So here are a few tips on how I go through the process of hunting and gathering the best of these huge, almost intimidating places known as thrift stores.
- First things first, sales. There will most likely (in every big Goodwill) be a little sign that says "color of the week". The tags with this color are 50% off. Grab a cart!
- After I find the color of the week I go to shoes and keep my eyes open for the color. If you find Nine West shoes that fit you perfectly, buy them! Not everything will be half off.
- Try on shoes that might not seem like your style, you might be surprised by what you'll end up loving!
- Next, dresses. My favorite are the printed ones- you find such cool and interesting designs. Run your hands through the racks, you may find a tag that signifies the dress is brand new; you may feel a certain texture that you like or that is of a certain brand.
- Look for friends too! Because the prices are so inexpensive, if you find something your friend would love, it won't hurt to just take a chance and buy it as a surprise.
- Grab whatever you feel you would love and is in your size. Usually I take about twenty things and end up with five. It's a process.
- My experiences with pants have been difficult. To find the perfect boyfriend jeans, I half-guessed on what my size was and grabbed whatever jeans seemed loose and were the perfect color. I ended up with about ten pairs of jeans and found my perfect fit: these light wash Ralph Lauren jeans I roll up. Moral of the lesson: grab whatever seems right, and get a little daring.
- WIth bags and accessories, don't get something unless you truly love it. If it's in great condition, even better!
So those are just a few thrifting tips. Don't be overwhelmed, pay attention to each item of clothing but give up on a section if you're just not feeling it.