Hi everyone! I love thrift stores.>>1013
in the usa people pretty much use the term thrift store for every kind of used clothing store that you donate to.
we have resale stores that either specialize in vintage clothing that you can sometimes sell to, or resale stores you sell to that go by brands they think are cool like plato's closet and buffalo exchange. I don't think calling these thrift stores makes much sense bc they are curated for you.
as far as donation based thrift stores - they are either run by a local charity, like a woman's shelter or humane society, while chains like goodwill or salvation army donate to or operate community based services like job training, meals, etc.>>1014
I have a couple tips~
Don’t look for one specific thing, but have a list of colors, fit, kind of item, theme, etc. For example:Colors
- most important imo, unless you will get around to dying something. This is the easiest way to weed out things you don’t want to waste your time on - just look out for your approved color list. I recommend a couple neutrals, base colors and accent colors at least. Something that helps you remember “I don’t need another black skirt but I do need [base color] bottoms/ cardigan etc to complete outfits/ have something to throw on”Fit
- remember common fit issues you have with clothes and don’t struggle to make something work. I won’t get tops with dumbass small cap sleeves for example. Knowing what kinds of dresses/tops/bottoms/sweaters you like, what features you like to look out for and features that won’t work for you makes flipping through the racks quicker and less taxing.Material / Quality
- some people think only natural fibers like wool / cashmere / silk are the only way to go but anything can be good quality, it just takes some patience and time to learn what to look out for. Pay attention to how neatly an item is sewn, if it is pilling, if it’s bagged out, etc. Used stuff that’s made well will often hold up where others fail because they were made by someone with some forethought. If you look at something and think “wow that looks cheap” chances are it is! I do like looking for things like silk button ups, cashmere, merino, thermal silks, linen for summer and wool/silk/ other hair blends but for me they are little gems! Anything can be good.Looking for cool clothes you actually like
- okay so I will attempt to be helpful here. back to what I said about not having a specific item - you can’t go out only looking for the exact item you see in a store, but if you are flexible you can find things that usually fit a couple criteria. Also remember to have a list of basics you need - I always forget them.
That said it depends on your area. In my small town thrift stores I have found cool vintage and 80s/90s things but only a couple of remotely 'cute' items.
Other thoughts - learning how to alter clothing just a bit can make a lot of difference. Even just hemming things changes a lot. But don't keep a hoard around waiting to do something with it!