My Guide to Thrift Shopping

If you’ve read any of my prior posts on this site, you probably know that I love to thrift shop. So many of the pieces in my closet that I absolutely LOVE are actually pieces that I have been able to find at thrift stores. For many people though, thrift shopping can seem intimidating and I often hear people remark “I never have any luck” or “I never know what to look for.” And honestly, all of these are valid arguments, but I’m here to help y’all out in your thrifting adventures.

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Tip #1: Go in with an open mind!

I know that this may sound easier said than done, but it’s really the only way you can successfully start your thrift shopping. Whenever I go to a thrift store, I never really have an idea of what I want to buy—only general categories like a t shirt or jacket. When you go in with an open mind, you’re able to pick out things you might not have thought about before or a piece you wouldn’t normally try.

Tip #2: Wear something basic and plain

When you go thrift shopping, it is crucial that you wear an outfit that is more plain and can go with a variety of outfits. When i go thrifting, I typically wear jeans, a basic t shirt, and my black converse high tops. This way, you are able to get a better idea of how the piece you’re trying on looks on you, instead of putting it on with an outfit that might clash and stop you from buying the item.

Tip #3: Be one of a kind

For me, the best part of thrifting shopping is the thrill of finding pieces that are totally one of a kind and unlike anything you’ve ever seen anyone else wear. It is your chance to shine as an individual and show the world who YOU are. Not only that, you can become that person who gets to say something is ~vintage~ when someone asks you where you got it. Also, when considering buying a piece, just remember you’re never going to find something like that in stores or even at another thrift store.

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Tip #4: Put on ya favorite tunes

One of the best parts of thrifting is that it is a chance for me to relax, slow down, and enjoy finding some bad ass (sorry mom for swearing) clothes. Part of that is putting in some headphones and listening to some music while I browse the store. It’s also a great chance to discover some new music or listen to an entire ALBUM that you’ve been meaning to listen to. Overall, music and thrifting are a match made in heaven.

Tip #5: Be ok with not finding something

A big part of thrifting is not striking lucky and going home with nothing to show for your day of shopping. But honestly, that’s ok. That’s why I love thrifting because some days you come home with A LOT of items and quite a dent in your bank account and other days you plop down on your bed with no new clothes, but knowing it was a day well spent. Enjoy you’re time thrifting and don’t stress out if you don’t find that perfect piece you wanted.

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On my most recent thrift shopping trip, I picked up a vintage flannel that I’ve been in love with. I wear it almost every day as it is a great transitional piece as the temperatures start to warm up. In this outfit, I decided to play off the midwestern vibes that flannels have and pair it with a Canadian tuxedo (aka denim on denim). The day I wore it, I kept telling people it was my “incase you forgot I’m from the midwest” outfit. Flannels like these are a great layering piece and an awesome staple to have in your closet because they never go out of style.

Thrifting is one of my favorite past times and I hope I was able to pass down some of my thrifting knowledge to you. Some more benefits of thrift shopping is that you are helping to cut down on the large amounts of waste produced in the fashion industry by purchasing used clothing and you tend to save money when thrifting! Some of my favorite pieces of clothing are thrifted and I wear them all the time. for example, my bomber jacket, wool overcoat, flannel, and vintage tees are all thrift store finds.

Comment below your favorite thrift store in your town and don’t forget to follow me on instagram and tag me in your photos of your thrift store finds using #connexionstyle


Flannel photos taken by the wonderful Jane! Check out her own blog here

Photos taken in the thrift store by my friend Kate! Check out her instagram!

Until next time!

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5 comments on “My Guide to Thrift Shopping

  1. Since I moved out before I was out of high school, I am a vintage, vintage shopper, but your article reminded me how cool they are. I went to a Savers for the first time and got a bunch of camp shirts dirt cheap! Great article!

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