Fashion, Editorial

5 Thrift Shopping Tips


I am super excited to share this blog post not only because I have so much to say on this topic but as we speak I have been getting my tickets to go to Dubrovnik in 2 weeks! Getting all my holiday wardrobe ready for that Mediterranean heat. Anyway onto charity shopping. I myself am probably one of your most experience charity shoppers. Having been thrifting for years I believe my whole wardrobe is thrifted and its all designer or vintage. My love of charity shopping stemmed from my days back at school when me and my friends would go into our local charity shops. At that time I just fell in love with the joy of finding something unique to you that you won’t find on the high street. I think from this I truly developed and experimented with my sense of style. So even to this day I still charity shop as I love the idea of finding something that is special to you rather then mass produced. Not only is it so much better for the environment but so much more economical. Throughout the years I have learnt many things to get the best of your charity shopping items and perhaps help you in ways to find the best items through all the clothes. So here are my tips:

01- Don’t Buy it Unless you Really Love it

The amount of times I have bought items from charity shops and not really loved it. Then ended up not really wearing it. I always now have to get a real butterfly feeling when I try on the clothing. I guess you have to fall in love with what you are getting. So be sure to be in tune with your garment loving part of your mind and learn to know when or when not you like something.

02- Look for staple pieces

It is super important for the longevity of your wardrobe to look for staple pieces that will benefit you in the long term. Key things to look out for are culottes, T-shirts and flats.

03- Time

In my experience it takes time to master the art of finding the best brands. I have often found that initially it can be dawning to rummage through all the clothes in a charity shop. I used to find it so hard to find great bargains. But with time and practise I know I have developed a natural skill in finding designer clothes from the corner of my eye. So be patient and learn how to test clothes through touch and feel.

04- Be Picky with your Brands

I know myself I only ever look for designer brands when I go charity shopping. I have honestly been able to find amazing brands like Burberry, Chanel, Maje, COS, Toast and Whistles. If its not a branded item then I won’t buy it. Being branded it also makes it much easier to sell on once you have worn it a few times.

05- Perseverance

It can be tricky at times finding things in charity shops. The most important thing to note is that you can’t go into a charity shop wanting to find a specific item as often you ended finding something completely different. Be sure to go in with an open mind and see what you find.

So get shopping!

Melissa Wears:

Celine Earrings and Necklace

Thrifted Suit

Thrifted Whistles Top

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