Thrifting, much like shaving, war or manliness, is a delicate art form, and we’ve got it down to an imprecise science. Sure, we’ve written about thrifting extensively before, but a seasoned thrifter knows to constantly update her tactical manual; being in the thrifting trenches is a learning process. We’re constantly modifying and evolving our thrift store shopping strategy, and we’re adding several more cardinal tips to the handbook.
Tips for Thrifting Like a Pro
Thou shall admit some things are better new: Even if a bin full of dollar lingerie and undies are on sale for 99 percent off, it’s one deal you don’t want to partake in. We’re Budget Fashionistas and love a bargain, but we gotta draw the line somewhere. We’ll pay the extra bucks for clean underwear. Trust Loreal. You’re worth it.
Thou shall go to a road less traveled: We’ve written about the importance of location before. Shop rich zip codes, college towns, etc. Here’s another insider tip: Think outside the popular neighborhoods. Sure, that hipster thrift store by NYU may have tons of great gems, but you’re also competing with thousands of youngsters with never-ending student loans hungry for that unique fashion find. When it’s survival of the (fashion) fittest, it may be best to go to a less-populated town. Think suburbia and retirement communities.
Thou shall not forget the tailor: Ah, our good friend the tailor, the behind-the-scenes craftsman (or woman) who magically makes that ill-fitting blazer fit like a glove! Bottom line: Don’t forget the tailor. Sure, that DKNY dress may cost you a mere subway ticket, but if it’s three sizes too big, factor in how much alterations will cost and ask yourself if it’s still worth it.