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Thrift Store Finds + Secrets No One Tells You

Jan 12, 2019

Half of my wardrobe is thrifted from a very clean, organized boutique down the streetย and I love it.

Here’s why:

  • I keep my environmental impact to a minimum. It’s the ultimate way to reduce consumerism and recycle. When I purchase a gently used item, I’m keeping clothes in circulation instead of a landfill. I’m also taking a stand against the fast fashion industry. You can read my post on switching to slow fashion here.
  • It’s a challenge each season to find a new wardrobe for under $200. This is a personal goal I set. You can adjust that number to fit your lifestyle.
  • Because I’m not spending a ton of money on new clothes each season, I can eventually donate/sell these without any guilt.
  • Several thrift stores donate a portion of their proceeds and/or items to charities so I’m helping the planet, my wallet, and other people!
  • I can find underpriced clothes that are clean and barely worn (meaning there aren’t any stains/holes/discoloration etc).
  • I love the idea that I can give old pieces new life. It’s fun to style outfits in a way that they’ve never been worn before.

Here are thirteen pieces I’ve been wearing all Winter.

I spent a little over $100 for all of them! The only item that isn’t thrifted is this white shirt below (I’ve had it for two years). Everything else, including accessories and outerwear is thrifted.

Here are a few shopping tips:

  • Know what your budget is and stick to it.
  • Know what your style is. If you’re into athletic wear, keep your focus on the workout section.
  • You have to be willing to work. You seriously have to dig through every item, try them on, and take pictures of yourself so you’ll remember what you liked/disliked by the end of the day.
  • Quality over quantity is key. You should walk out with five items you love rather than ten items you like.
  • Thrift store clothes are usually re-stocked weekly, which means if you didn’t find what you were looking for the first time, you can come back in 7 days and you’ll have different options.
  • Ask when they will have a rack clearing event, because you will be able to buy everything for half the price.
  • If you find something you like in a bigger size, purchase it and take it to a tailor near by.
  • Once they belong to you, take care of them by washing with hot water, then hanging them to dry. This will help them last longer.

 

I hope you can find fun ways to recycle your clothes like trading with a friend who’s your size, buying things from Facebook marketplace, or thrift store shopping. Thanks for stopping by!

Jan 12, 2019 | Fashion, World Change
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2 Comments

  1. Diane D Krause

    Wow! way to GO! You look terrific! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. VeiledFree

      Thank you Diane!!

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