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Thrifting Guide for Beginners: Tips for Newbies

Are you curious about thrifting, or just want budget-friendly shopping ideas? Learn more about secondhand shopping and how to get sustainable fashion at prices your wallet will love.

Thrifting Guide for Beginners: Tips for Newbies

Maybe you've seen 'thrift hauls' on TikTok, or have that one friend who finds the best pre-loved designer shoes. While thrifting used to have a bit of a stigma around it, it's now a celebrity-approved way to shop... without breaking your budget. Learn more about thrifting, as well as some secondhand shopping tips for beginners. 

What is thrifting?

When you go thrifting or thrift shopping, it means that you're secondhand shopping for clothes, decor, books, furniture, and any other items that have been gently used. You can go thrifting at major thrift store chains, like Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Savers, many of which have charitable missions. You'll also often find small, local thrift shops connected to churches in your area. Most of the items sold at thrift stores have been donated, which means the shop got them for free or next to free - and those savings get passed on to you.

What are the benefits of thrifting?

Aside from a budget-friendly shopping option, there are other benefits to thrifting, too. Thrifting is a key part of the sustainable fashion movement - after all, buying a piece of clothing that's been pre-loved is a more environmentally-conscious choice. You'll also find styles in premium, high-quality fabrics that are sure to outlast some of today's fast fashion brands.

Thrifting tips for beginners

1. Be patient.

Thrift stores get new items every day... if you don't see something you love the first time you go, don't get discouraged! Check back often and be prepared to hold out if you're looking for something specific.

2. Try things on.

If you're thrifting with sustainable fashion in mind, make sure you try on the clothes in your cart. Most items at thrift stores are final sale, so it's important to make sure that you're happy with the fit before you make your purchase. Additionally, vintage clothing sizes are different from today's sizing scale... so you can't always go by the label!

3. Don't be afraid to get creative.

If you're thrifting for home decor, don't shy away from a project! Maybe you see an art print that you absolutely love... but the frame it's in, not so much. Chances are, you can give the frame a fresh coat of paint, or just use a different frame for the print - either way, it will most likely be cheaper than buying a brand-new framed print. 

What other budget-friendly shopping can I do?

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