The Ultimate Guide to Thrifting Like A Pro


I’ve been thrifting since I was a tiny, tiny baby… I mean foreverrrrr. My mom is a serious deal diva and this is a skill that I can only attribute to her and yes, thrifting IS a skill. TBH I use to hate it. I just have these memories of being so bored waiting for my mom while she rummaged through the racks and the smell and my allergies and…. well you get the point. I also hated the fact that I never got to buy anything “new” like all my other friends. It wasn’t until college when I was broke AF that I realized how magical thrifting could truly be. It was with the few measly dollars I could scrounge up and a goodwill down in San Marcos, TX that I became a true master of the art.

Get Yourself a Positive Mindset

 You really gotta prepare yourself because thrifting is fun but it’s also very tiring, especially when you don’t know what you’re doing. I feel like this is honestly what turns people off to thrifting. It seems like sooooo much work at first and they’d rather just pay full price. I get ya. I really do.

Find Yourself a GOOD Thrift Store

Find yourself a GOOD thrift store. My thrift store of choice is Goodwill because that’s what I was raised on and that’s what I know to have the most variety but honestly there are so many small little good thrift stores out there. Sometimes thrift stores benefiting local charities have the BEST stuff and they aren’t as picked over. The deal with a thrift store is that it needs to be a good one… by good I mean, that you just want to consistently find awesome merchandise there. If you go back time and time again and don’t find a thing, this thrift store isn’t for you. Find a new one. As you get into thrifting, you’ll realize that there are certain stores where maybe people always donate stuff with tags, or you find tons of your favorite brand, or they have the best dresses for going out, etc. etc. Look in neighborhoods where people tend to have a lot of money. These areas typically have great merchandise that’s been donated.

Learn Your Brands

You want to be knowledgeable about your brands. This is a big one. You can find the most amazinggggg things at thrift stores for the cheapest price, but if you aren’t familiar with the brand, you’ll just pass right over it. So, if you want to get the most out of your thrifting, do a little research on brands. For me, it’s been fun learning about the more obscure high-end brands out there and hunting for those.

Don’t Pay Much Attention to Size

NEVER pay too much attention to size… If you like something whether it says XS or XXL (and it looks like it might fit you), try it on. Sometimes, these things got donated for a reason. I typically try on a bunch of stuff and leave with a couple good pieces. Don’t waste time agonizing over should I try this on or not? Just try it on.

Be Open-Minded

Don’t get hung up on the fact that it is a used clothing item. That means nothingggggg. You’re going to wash it…. maybe it just sat in their closet for years and was never worn. Unless the item looks flat out gross, don’t fret it. It’s great for the environment as well to recycle clothing.

Pop in Often

They are always getting new merchandise. Whenever I’m near a thrift store and I have a little time, I always try and pop in even to just look at something that interests me like dresses.

Inspect Your Items Carefully

Make sure that you inspect your items carefully before buying for holes or stains. Some thrift stores do not have return policies and things are final sale. In fact, a lot of times I like to do this before trying on so that I don’t get attached to an item and then find out it has a hole in it.

Watch For Sales

Many thrift stores have started having sales on certain days (even Goodwill) so either find the days that your favorite local thrift store is having a sale and visit on those days or be sure to ask before you start shopping! This way you can get an even BETTER deal 🙂

Have Fun

Thrifting can be so great and you can find some wonderful and unique pieces without spending too much money! Just dive in and see what you find.

These are some of the things to keep in mind when thrifting but there is so much more where this came from. Leave a comment below if you’d like to hear more about what I’ve learned about thrifting over the years. Happy thrifting ya’ll!

Do you have a favorite thrift store? What are your favorite type of items to shop for?






  1. July 25, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Thrifting is on my to do list for this summer. I tend to have high expectations and low patience- this is a great list of tips and to get me in the right mindset.

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