Attempted but failed to second-hand shop? This is why
Bad lighting, musty smells, and aisles clogged with sloppy merchandise. If this is what you think about thrift stores, then probably you haven’t taken your time to visit one lately.
Thrift stores, charity shops, op shops; call them what you will, are all great alternatives for anyone who loves to find a bargain, or prefers to buy pre-loved over new for ethical reasons.
Want to add extra items to your wardrobe without spending a fortune? You know thrift shopping is the way to go. You can score countless pieces on cheap while playing your part to help the community and decrease environmental impacts. Though thrift shopping makes some folk feel proud of the bargains they find, others, maybe you, flinch at the thought of spending your money on castoff items.
|Why You Are Rubbish At Thrift Shopping|
#1-You avoid regular visits
You only becomes a master or an expert at something, when you practice. The same applies to second-hand shopping. If you don’t visit thrift shops regularly, then yes, you may not find anything, so you think you are out of luck. Visit regularly, and you will have more opportunities to find something suitable.
#2- You don’t hunt for quality fabrics and brands
With low prices on every item in such stores, the ultimate reaction would be to fill up with your cart with anything that catches your attention. Random selection is not always a wise choice. Remember that if you merely skim through clothes, you won’t pick out quality. You have to take your time and dig deep to spot the hidden quality gems. If in doubt, take a friend who knows what to look for.
#3- You are too lazy to shop at thrift stores
Lazy? Yes, because fast fashion is so easily accessible, you ask yourself why bother shopping second-hand, when you can buy new fashion for the same cheap price. Unfortunately, fast fashion outlets sell low quality garments, which often fall apart. If you think thrift fashion is not premium quality, ask yourself why top brands are donated, and still remain in tact? Particularly true vintage fashion, which lasts the test of time. When you choose to buy fast fashion over quality second-hand, you may aswell throw your money away. Don't fall into the all-too-easy fast fashion trap.
#4-You are scared to think outside the box
To avoid shopping for anything slightly different, you head over to the nearest high street shop and take note of the latest trend. Don’t look like a high street clone, try a new style or colour that you wouldn't usually. Remember that fashion moves in cycles, so what you think looks outdated, probably isn't! Besides, fashion trends aren't for every shape or size. Dress for you, not other people.
#5- You can't see past the first appearance
You should know that appearances can be deceiving. There is a high chance that you are bad at thrift shopping because you can't look past the first appearance of a garment. Don't pay too much attention to a garment's size label. Remember that brands vary in sizing, and clothing can also shrink in the wash (bonus for you, because second-hand fashion comes pre-shrunk and won't change again!). Also consider that different clothes with different styles have variable textures. Try on something first, before dismissing it due to the size label. Sizing aside, you might knock back a fashion piece because it bears a small hole, or needs to be hemmed to fit you. Again, don't dismiss for such reasons, even if you can't repair clothes or hem yourself, you can pay someone a small fee to do it for you.
Master the art of second-hand shopping and soon you'll be thrifting like a pro. Take your time, visit regularly, pick out the best or left-of-the-middle garments, and you can easily fool people into believing you bought your current outfit from a lavish mall or outlet. Others can do it, so why should you be rubbish at thrift shopping? Get out there and op shop with the best of them.