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The Dos & Don’ts of Thrifting

Thrift stores are a popular destination for bargain hunters, fashion enthusiasts, and anyone looking for one-of-a-kind treasures. But before diving headfirst into the racks of secondhand clothing and shelves of knick-knacks, it’s important to understand the do’s and don’ts of thrift store shopping.

This sustainable shopping guide can be helpful for beginners looking to start doing more secondhand shopping!

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The Dos of Thrift Store Shopping

1) DO go in with an open mind

One of the most exciting aspects of thrift store shopping is that you never know what you’ll find. So, it’s important to approach your shopping trip with an open mind. Don’t limit yourself to a specific style or brand of a certain item – be open to trying new things and being pleasantly surprised by unique finds.

2) DO check for quality

While thrift stores offer great deals, it’s important to ensure that the items you’re purchasing are of good quality. Before making a purchase, take a close look at the item and make sure there are no stains, rips, or holes. By purchasing items that are of good quality, this reduces the risk of it falling apart and ending up in a landfill.

woman in thrift store shopping for clothes

3) DO try things on

With secondhand clothing, it’s crucial to try items on before buying them. Sizes can vary greatly between brands and styles, so trying things on will ensure a better fit and prevent any unwanted surprises when you get home.

4) DO have a budget in mind

It’s easy to get carried away with the great deals at thrift stores, but it’s important to stick to a budget. Decide on a reasonable amount of money you’re willing to spend and try your best not to go over it.

The Don’ts of Thrift Store Shopping

Here’s a list of a few things not to do when secondhand shopping!

1) DON’T buy something just because it’s cheap

It may be tempting to purchase a heavily discounted item, but remember to only buy things that you truly love and will wear or use. Otherwise, it’s just clutter in your closet or home. Plus, overconsumption isn’t the most sustainable habit!

women's clothes at thrift shop

2) DON’T forget to wash or clean items before wearing or using them

Since thrift store items have had previous owners, it’s important to wash or clean them before incorporating them into your wardrobe or home. This will ensure that you’re not exposed to any germs or bacteria from the previous owner.

3) DON’T pass up deals for minor flaws

While it’s important to check for major defects, don’t let small imperfections deter you from purchasing an item. Things like missing buttons can often be fixed easily and shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. This can be an opportunity to get crafty!

4) DON’T be afraid to negotiate prices

Many thrift stores are open to negotiating prices, especially if an item has been on the shelf for a while. Don’t be afraid to ask politely for a lower price, but also remember to be respectful of the store’s pricing policies.

5) DON’T forget to have fun!

Thrift store shopping can be an exciting and unique experience. Enjoy the thrill of finding hidden gems and scoring great deals, but also remember to have fun and not take it too seriously. Happy thrifting!


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