My favorite places to buy: flea markets, garage sales, goodwill, salvation army, basically any local thrift store

My go-to places to sell: eBay, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange

If you’re allergic like myself, wear a mask or take some allergy medicine to minimize allergic reaction.

If you are okay with the idea of second hand items but cannot withstand the mess of thrift stores, I suggest eBay or Etsy for easier shopping.


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Have you grabbed your shopping cart? Let’s jump into how you can thrift like a pro.

1. Look through everything. It’s easy to think that you are looking at a pile of useless clothes but thrift stores have something for everyone. It does take some patience and a positive mindset. I even look through kid’s section because I’m petite enough to fit boys’ clothing. I also look through men’s for oversized boyfriend shirts, bomber jackets, or fun t-shirts that I can turn into crop tops.

2. D.I.Y.! (short for Do It Yourself) Don’t be scared to experiment. Most garments are so inexpensive that you can cut up the fabrics to turn them into something more wearable without worrying too much. Check out Thrift Tips: Quick Alterations (No Sewing!) video by the famous Clothesencounters to see how easily you can convert thrift finds into your own.

3. Don’t be fooled by the designer tag. I’ve found a $20 Dior blazer that was out of style, did not purchase. I’ve found a $10 Chanel silk blouse that was way too huge, did not purchase. If you don’t see yourself wearing it, don’t buy. Check for the material, rather than the brand name. Some fabric facts:

  • cashmere/wool/angora blend is guaranteed to be warm. The higher the percentage, the warmer the garment.
  • cotton/rayon/linen is breathable. Choose these fabrics over synthetic materials such as polyester or acrylic.
  • silk/cupra/modal feels luxurious on the skin. They fool you and say dry clean only, but they can be gently hand washed at home using some shampoo and conditioner

4. Check for any damage such as holes, snags or stains. If the damage is something you can easily fix at home, mention it at the register and you will most likely get a sweet discount. Once you’ve found some good stuff, you’re gonna want to clean them well. For your reference: How To Take Good Care of Hard-to-Care Fabrics