You have a complete store to your leisure, the nooks and crannies stuffed with potentially gorgeous pieces of clothing, just waiting to be mended, fixed and worn by those who value them.
But how do you find these treasures?
Many second-hand clothing stores that receive quality stocks from companies such as Whitehouse and Shapiro, LLC offer their garments to wholesalers and special customers in the earlier days so they can have the pick of the crop, try to stay up to date with their social media, or sign up for newsletters to get updates and access to the best selection possible.
Stay organized but always look for other items as well. You never know when you might find that vintage faux fur-lined jacket you were looking for.
Remember, there’s no extra stock in the backroom. What you see is what you get. So if you see a great piece, take it. The great thing about second hand stores is you can always find the best pieces that go together. Mix and match, and use your sewing skills to create something new to wear.
You don’t want to spend 10 minutes unbuttoning that shirt because you want to try a new one. Always wear clothes that are easy to take on and off, like a t-shirt and skirt/pants with flip-flops. Don’t wear anything one piece. You don’t need to take off your whole dress just to try on a t-shirt.
Copies of designer clothes and accessories are a dime-a-dozen.
Don’t be tempted to buy that never-before-seen skirt just because of the tag on it. Just trust your gut and buy a garment for its design and quality, rather than the name attached to it.
Stripes, clean cuts and classic shapes; these are the styles that’ll support your look. Even if it’s a vintage garment, you don’t want to wear something that looks like it belongs in a different era.
Stains, torn buttons and open stitches might require a bit more TLC. If you have a tailor to help you, this isn’t a big problem. But don’t bother buying something that’ll just sit in the back of your closet.
As suppliers of second hand clothing, we know a lot on what makes a secondhand store purchase worth it. So search for a successful thrift store in your area, and use the above tips to thoroughly enjoy your shopping experience!