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Be smart with thrift store shopping

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Thrift Shopping Tips

 

Paying full retail price for the latest clothes may not be the best idea for your wallet. There are plenty of fast-fashion items, but these often become dated in a heartbeat and can be poorly made. Looking for clothing at thrift stores can be one way to find quality garments to compliment your BABY-G watch without breaking the bank. But there are some items it’s best to avoid when shopping secondhand:. Here are some ideas for how to rock thrift-store shopping and look like you spend thousands on your wardrobe:

Read the labels
Hiding in the Goodwill racks you may find some designer gems, but no matter what, you have to look at the items’ labels first, according to the fashion blog Duct Tape and Denim. First, you need to see the garment’s materials. Don’t waste your money on faux leather, for example, or itchy wool sweaters. If you pay a little bit more attention, you may discover a fuzzy cashmere sweater or a designer shirt which may have seemed nondescript on first glance. However, if you do like a piece of clothing and don’t recognize its origins, Google the brand on your smartphone, the source suggested. This way, you don’t waste your money on clothing that may not last, or that is supremely outdated. Finally, if you’re not into dry cleaning, it’s better to check that little tag in-store, than arrive home only to learn your new favorite dress can’t be thrown in the washing machine.

Don’t buy everything
It may just be common sense, but Real Simple noted there are some things you just don’t pick up at the thrift store. Underwear and swimsuits should be purchased firsthand, and be sure to skip the secondhand hat rack. If you don’t wash your own hats, chances are someone else didn’t launder that cute thrift store hat before donating it, the source added. Shoes can go either way, but if they are extremely worn inside, footwear will have molded to someone else’s feet and will never fit you properly. It is possible to find some nearly-new or even brand new kicks, so just check them out thoroughly before committing to a purchase.

Examine the material and quality
When you pick out gently-worn garments, it is a good idea to take a look at the material before even trying on an item. Are there pills on that sweater? Do you see pulls in the fabric of that skirt? Is the T-shirt threadbare in places? You want your secondhand clothes to look as good as new, so don’t settle for anything less. By taking a little more time to check out each piece, you may discover brand-new clothes at a fraction of the cost. You will also save yourself from grabbing items that just look old and used.

Thrift-store shopping can feel like a treasure hunt. It is best to give yourself plenty of time, as sizes and clothes will not be uniform. You may find that your selections are not in the same size to which you are accustomed. However, with a little patience and a bunch of your pals, taking an afternoon to head to the secondhand stores can be a blast. Just remember to leave those suspect selections behind.

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