One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to fashion is believing that you need to break the bank to update your wardrobe! Here at PeekABoo PrettyGirl we’re all about making fashion and beauty accessible to everyone, no matter their walk of life; and thrift shopping is one of the easiest ways to start.
Both of these cute everyday looks were found in thrift stores!
So the first question is, where do you go? Goodwill is one of my favorites, but the Salvation Army is another thrift store powerhouse. There are also second hand stores like Plato’s Closet, and you can search online for local consignment shops and other thrift stores.
Here are some tips for successful thrifting:
1. Location! You will discover that you’re more likely to find designer pieces and nicer clothing in areas where people wearing these types of clothes live and donate. So the uptown thrift store just might have a better selection than the one in the hood. (No offense!) You never know what you’re going to get at any store, but if you’re looking for some major deals, the nice side of town may be your best bet.
2. Inspect! Thrifting is great for hidden gems but was a particular item donated for being faulty? Always inspect clothing for stains and electronics to make sure they work properly. Also, always wash clothes before wearing. A quick way to size the waist of pants, skirts or shorts in-store is to fasten the button, then stretch the waistline between your belly button and your spine. If it reaches, then it probably fits!
3. Expand your mind! Thrifting isn’t just for clothing. Are you looking for new furniture pieces? Decorations or novels? You might be pleasantly surprised at what you can find.
4. Lastly, Keep your style in mind! Thrifting gives you the freedom to be creative with pieces that are out of season and usually out of date. Push the limits with retro gear or experiment by cutting and sewing pieces into your own creation.
5. Bring a friend! The more the merrier and with the clutter of thrift stores, s/he may spot out something you’ve looked over.
Stay pretty ❤
Kindra Bailey; CoFounder, COO