The Secrets to a Successful Thrift

You read about it, you see girls posting on Instagram about it, but you never can seem to get it right: thrifting. Let’s just say thrifting is not for the faint of heart. It takes patience, dedication and, well, a hell of a lot more patience.

I’ve really gotten more into the thrifting scene over the last year or so, and let’s just say, it’s changed my wardrobe— and my life. It’s allowed me to own the shoes of my dreams (red and black Chanel sling-backs), update my wardrobe with quality pieces that I couldn’t otherwise afford and expand my horizons to styles that I normally wouldn’t dare to try.

1. Don’t just stick to your size (or department)

I’d go as far as to say that at least half of my thrifted treasures aren’t even in my size. Honestly, ignore the tag and pay attention to silhouettes that capture your attention. Oversized blazers and button-ups can easily be worn by anyone smaller by cuffing sleeves or even wearing it as a different category of clothing (ie: men’s shirt as a dress). Also, sizing varies from brand to brand and even from decade to decade, meaning that your favorite size 2 top could’ve been a size 8 “back in the day.”

3. Don’t underestimate the accessories

Some people are weird about thrifting shoes. I get it, but you shouldn’t be. I mean, I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve worn a pair of shoes once that fit differently than how I intended then never wore again and sent off to the resale shop. Just clean them, guys. Take them to your local cobbler. Mine fixes all my heels that get beat up walking around New York for $8. It is SO worth it. Aside from shoes, I’ve found incredible purses, belts and scarves in top-notch condition. My vintage purses are so well-made and a fraction of the price of what an average consumer pays for their bag.

2. Be in the mood (or don’t even go)

If you’re going to take one thing away from this article, let it be this; the ultimate secret to a successful thrift is all in if you’re willing to put in the work. Nine times out of ten, the best thrift stores aren’t the perfectly curated boutiques but the ones with so many pieces of clothing that you can barely fathom how the racks aren’t about to tip over. Dig through them, analyze each piece and visualize how it COULD be worn. That’s how you’ll have the best “luck.”

My Look: Entirely vintage :) $12 boots, $8 dress and a scarf from my grandma.