This outfit is easily one of my favorite outfits I’ve worn in the last six months. I know this for a fact because I’ve worn it at least four times. My favorite part about this look? The top and skirt were both bought secondhand. The top came from thredUP ($11.49 new with tags, reg price $29.90) and the skirt was from a local thrift store here in Dallas for a whopping $5. (in like new condition but no tags). Yep, less than $20 for a full outfit!
Don’t get me wrong, buying secondhand can be exhausting and time consuming. But it can also be really rewarding and is a great way to revamp your wardrobe, especially if you’re on a tight budget! Last year, I wrote an ultimate guide to thrift shopping but today I’ve got even more tips for you! If you haven’t read part one, make sure you click over and read that too!
- Have a list (or a mental list). Last time I went thrifting, I had a few things in mind (nice tops, maxi skirts, a denim jacket or vest) and I was able to find everything I wanted! This helps keep you from getting overwhelmed and can help guide your search as you look through racks and racks of clothing.
- Wear lightweight clothes. Thrift stores tend to be HOT in the summers so make sure to wear something cool and comfortable. I made the mistake of wearing black skinnies to go thrifting a few weeks ago and it was brutal. Plus I had to peel them on and off in the dressing rooms….not fun.
- Look for sales. Most thrift stores (especially local ones) have sale days and/or colored tag sales (ex: pink tags are 50% off, blue tags are 20% off, etc). Take advantage of these sales and make the most of your money! Most thrift stores also have holiday sales but make sure you’re prepared to fight the crowds on those days.
- Be patient. Thrifting takes FOREVER. It’s not like normal shopping – every single item is unique so you really have to set aside a lot of time. I know this kind of goes without saying but seriously, even if you’re only going to one store you’re probably going to be there for at least an hour.
- Don’t skip out on the accessories. Bags, belts and jewelry are some of my favorite things to thrift! (My sunglasses in this post are from Buffalo Exchange!) Check the accessories sections, just make sure to inspect the quality very carefully.
Have you thrifted anything amazing lately? Share your finds with me! Also, if you liked this post, I’d love it if you’d pin it or share on your favorite social networks using one of the buttons to the left or at the bottom of the post. (Thank you so much!)