Any day is a good day for thrift shopping, but let’s celebrate in style on August 17 by thanking thrift stores everywhere for all they have to offer. I write a lot on this blog about second-hand shopping and thrifting. I feel like it’s one of the best ways to shop. You save money and you’re recycling at the same time. What’s not to love?
It’s no secret that Savers is one of my favorite places to thrift shop. Many of my cute outfits feature bargains from this second-hand clothing shop. In fact, the outfit below is head-to-toe a Savers look.
Now, I’m an experienced thrift store shopper, and for those who aren’t, this type of excursion can be an overwhelming one. You may wonder where to begin. Don’t fret. I have some insight and guidance just for you.
First thing first, there are a variety of ways and processes to get the most out of your adventures in thrifting. So, don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself. Over time, you will develop a strategy. But until then, feel free to borrow mine. Here’s how I like to thrift shop, and how I put together the look below.
- Search for suede, leather, and fur. These are your high-end items. When purchased brand new, suede, leather, and fur can cost hundreds of dollars. If you can nab yourself one in good condition at a thrift store, grab it and don’t let go. I got my suede car coat for about $10 at Savers.
- Look in departments you wouldn’t ordinarily shop. Lingerie fashion is a hot trend now, and I discovered this silk camisole by JCrew in the lingerie section, but it’s not staying in my lingerie drawer. This little number is going in regular wardrobe rotation. Consider browsing the boys’ department for a fitted blazer or the men’s department for an oversize flannel. The fashion options are endless when you think outside the box.
- Don’t forget accessories. Belts and mini bags are a great way to punch up your outfit.
- Do give denim DIY a try. There is gold to be found among the denim jeans at Savers, all with so much potential. The ones I’m wearing are straight leg GAP 1969, for which I paid about $5. They fit great, but other than that, there was nothing really special about them. However, I saw some major opportunity. Once I got them home, I added the floral embroidered patches myself. Then I followed this DIY step hem guide by my favorite fashion stylist. Voilá! You won’t find these fancy pants anywhere else but my closet. They’re one of a kind. I also picked up two pairs of Levi’s, both of which I cut into cutoff denim shorts. See what I mean? There are a myriad of DIY denim projects just waiting for you. Get some sharp scissors and go for it.
- Hunt down designer labels. As is the case with suede, leather, and fur, if you can get a hold of a designer label, you’ll be saving yourself hundreds of dollars. My mules are Ralph Lauren and were a big bargain at only $5.
What do you think? Cute look, huh? The entire outfit (excluding my own jewelry) was about $25. Now if that doesn’t give you a reason to celebrate National Thrift Shop Day, I don’t know what will.
Thrift shopping is fun, allows you to be creative, and encourages you to curate a wardrobe that is more personalized and better represents your taste and style. Incorporate more thrift shopping into your routine today, and you’ll find yourself celebrating National Thrift Shop Day all year long.
Learn more about Savers and find a location near you at Savers.com.
Thrift shopping spree sponsored by Savers.