Saturday, July 16, 2016

Beach Days & Thrift Shopping Tips



Pants: Topshop // Sweater: Lauren Conrad (details below) // Shoes: Steve Madden (similar HERE) // Necklace: Etsy (LOVE this! I wear it almost everyday) // Coffee Mug: Francesca's (One of my favorites) 

So recently i’ve had some discussions with close friends of mine about thrift shopping- such as the pro’s and con’s and how to get quality items, and it inspired me to write a post about it! Thrift shopping is something that i’ve been doing since I was little so it’s definitely something that I know a few things about. It was also a huge time for me and my mom to spend time together (still is) so it is very near and dear to my heart! 

***However, before you get too deep into this post I would like to post a disclaimer that t-shopping is completely situational! You could search high and low in some shops and not find anything or could hit the jackpot. "aaaaaand back to the post..." ***

With that being said... my favorite thing about thrift shopping is the unpredictability! You literally never know what you are going to find and I am super picky about my purchases so it is always a fun challenge to see what I can find. 

Whether you are an experienced “thrift shopper” or the idea has always been a foreign concept to you, I compiled a list of thrift shopping tips & wanted to share them with you guys! I divided the list by “do’s” and “don’t do’s” and incorporated everything from sweaters to furniture so there is something for everybody. Now onto the good stuff...

To-do’s when thrift shopping: 

Clothing & furniture:

1. Know what you are looking for! Or at least have some ideas…
So before I stated that one of my favorite things about thrift shopping is the unpredictability, but that definitely is within limits otherwise it would be totally overwhelming walking into a store. Kind of like regular shopping- you know what you like & hopefully you know what your closet currently needs. For example: I am currently in need of some cute and comfy sweaters for this fall so whenever I thrift shop- those are what I look for first. 

2. Shop off season.
Like I stated before… I am already thinking about my fall wardrobe and not because i’m totally crazy! haha but just like shopping at department stores, you will find absolutely the best deals on off season clothing. Plus, when it comes to thrift shopping- you will find the most options when you shop off season. Shopping for sweaters in the summer gives me a lot larger variety to choose from and therefore I can be a lot more picky.

Below I added a couple "dressing room diaries" pics from my latest t-shopping trip. During this trip I was looking primarily for comfy sweaters! I was not a huge fan of the first one (if you can't tell by my face) even though it was JCrew and in really good shape. It was a little bit too itchy and I'm super picky about how a sweater feels on my skin. However, the navy blue with a teal floral pattern was so cozy and warm (I recently wore it in the pics above when my family was camping this weekend & it was chillier in the evenings!). It is by Lauren Conrad and in really good condition. The white shorts & shoes are mine and are linked below. 


Shorts: Denim BLVD (similar HERE) | Sandals: Steve Madden | Blue Sweater: Lauren Conrad (similar HERE in plane navy) | Phone Case: Fossil 

3. Keep an open mind. 
I think this one is so so important! A lot of times I have heard people say things like “I can’t possibly thrift shop. You are literally wearing someones grandad’s clothes!” and as funny as that is, thrift shopping is not for everyone and definitely not for those within a tight comfort zone. A huge part of thrift shopping- especially for clothing is to remember that everything can be washed (and that’s a must “do”) and unless you are buying old/ ratty items it should never bother you. 

This tip also applies heavily to buying furniture. Refurbishing is huge right now and a super easy way to get the "boho-chic" look that is so popular right now. Plus... if that sounds like something that is was over your head than head on over to the holy grail of tutorials AKA YouTube. 

4. Look for name brands!
If you are not a “thrift shopper” and/or have never been thrift shopping than you would definitely be surprised to see the kind of name brands that you can find. My favorite to look for include JCrew, Steve Madden and Lauren Conrad! Although it can be rare and take a lot of patience to find items like these, nothing beats finding an adorable and gently worn JCrew sweater for like $2… no joke. Sometimes browsing the racks instead of looking at each item is the best way to find your favorite brands! You know what patterns and textures your favorite brands care & a quick look over will often draw my eye to my favorites so I don’t have to spend hours looking. 

5. Think quality & function above all else.
This is super important! If something would literally never work for your wardrobe then don’t buy it! If something is a brand that you really like, but is worn and about 5 seasons too old then put it back. Be picky about what you get and look for treasures! 

6. Inspect items well for rips and stains!
Not all of the time, but sometimes the reason was given away was because it was damaged. Before purchasing an item make sure it is free of rips and stains! I also like to make sure that sweaters and tops aren’t “pilly” or worn in certain places. 

 T-shopping "do-not's"

1. Rush.

Part of keeping an open mind includes taking your time and viewing as much as you can at each location. Whether you are in a large or small store, there are always hidden gems to be found! On the outside or at first glance an item may look useless, but use your imagination and allow your creative juices to flow! This kind of process takes time and patience, but is always worth it in the end. 

2. Pass an item up because of the price.
This tip is tricky because it doesn't necessarily work for all situations, but is always worth a try! If something is not in your price range (this is mostly for furniture and larger items) then offering the sales person is always an option. To make this possible, it is important to have an idea of what you're willing to pay or what you want to spend. Most times people are reasonable and willing to work with you if you are kind in response. 

3. Go alone.
This isn't necessarily for safety purposes, but also way more fun! Taking a buddy or making a girls day out of something is a sweet and simple way to really get the most out of your thrift shopping experience. It is also a good idea to bring a friend if you are furniture shopping and need a couple extra hands!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope these tips were helpful! Let me know in the comments below which of these tips you like best or anything that i'm missing! I hope you all are having an amazing & restful summer! I am SO appreciate of all of the love & support that I have felt in the last few weeks! 



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