If you didn't already know...I thrift often. Very often. With the New Year around the corner I thought it was the perfect time to start a new series. Thrifting 101. I'm going to share the ins and outs and some secrets to finding the gems in what can seem like a pile of junk! In the process I am going to try to get over my phobia of outfit posts.
Lesson 1. Find your spot!
I think one key to finding the good stuff is to find your spot. Go often and when you find a good spot, stick with it. The people get to know you and are willing to work with you on merchandise that may need fixed. Don't be scared to ask for a discount for merchandise that has stains (most can be removed), missing buttons, evens tears and rips. Some stores don't intend on putting out merchandise that is damaged so when it's overlooked and gets to the sales floor they would rather sell it for a fraction of the price than trash it (and yes most thrift stores do compact unsellable merchandise). They usually discount it 50% it not more, but don't get mad if they say no. It is thrift after all!
One of my favorite stores won't let you buy merchandise that doesn't have tags. Period. They send it to the back to be re-priced and re-stocked. I have developed a rapore with most of the girls there now, and a couple managers. Finally, these relationships are paying off, and they get me prices while I wait. Always be nice, and come back often. A friendly face who visits often matters to any business!
Now on to some of my favorite pieces from this past fall.
Some of my favorite black pieces. While I love color, my own wardrode favorites tend to be black, gray, and navy.
I used Pugly Pixel's awesome photo templates for this post. Go check her out. She has some easy to follow tutorials on youtube.
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