8 thrifting tips

8 thrifting tips

Most uni students work on a budget: food, study supplies, housing… all of those things drain their bank accounts. Being one of them for 6 years, I have gathered some knowledge worthy of Scrooge McDuck that allowed me to have a full wardrobe even on a student budget.

Despite the obvious “taking advantage of sales, black Fridays and student discounts”, I am a huge HUGEEEE fan of charity shops. Thrifting is something that isn’t yet fully accepted in my home country, but there is a charity shop in every corner in England, so I’ve been a happy panda lately. This way, not only will your wallet be a lot happier, but you might find some unique vintage treasures, or even some designer reliques!

But if you just enter every charity shop aimlessly, you might end up spending quite a lot of money on a load of rubbish and things you REALLY don’t need. To help you prevent that, here’s a little guide to help all you thrifty bugs:

8 thrifting tips

This is probably the best tip of this list. I visited London recently, and one of the things I was reeeeally looking forward too was thrifting, it was going to be awesome. WRONG. Not only the items were really expensive (25 pounds for a skirt? No way.), but everything good was already picked out. In small town shops, especially the ones out of the way, hipster uni students probably still didn’t dig everything worthy out, and you’ll be able to find some great treasures!

8 thrifting tips

That way you’ll get to find everything, things are always in such a random order that if you go frequently you’ll definitely find new things. Also, ask when they receive new material, that way you’ll be one of the first to dig through it!

8 thrifting tips

Pretty self-explanatory. I know I NEED to do this, otherwise I’ll go overboard.

8 thrifting tips

This is a fundamental part of thrifting. If you go without anything on your mind you’ll end up getting everything. For example, I am currently on the lookout for a furry coat, so that directs me towards the coat zone as soon as I enter the shop, which is a great way to keep me away from the dangerous book shelves, where I always lose my mind at.

8 thrifting tips

Contradiction much? Haha, you need to know that you’re probably not going to find what you want straight away, so be on the lookout for something that is both gorgeous and a bargain. Only buy your favourite pieces. Just because something is a bargain, that doesn’t mean you should get it. Make sure you will wear it, and you have other stuff to wear it with.

8 thrifting tips

This is fundamental. I’m very fussy about how worn out pieces are, if they’re torn, stained or in any way damaged. You might be buying second hand, but that DOESN’T mean you have to buy rubbish. The only time this rule doesn’t apply fully is when I see a piece that I plan on altering: transforming a dress in a skirt, for example. That way, if there is a stain or rip, you can always avoid that bit of fabric while you’re sewing it. Also, shoes tend to be tricky when second hand, especially if the soles are glued on and not sewed on, so be on the lookout for shoe quality as well.

8 thrifting tips

I usually look in the sections with my clothes size and 3 sizes up and down. Sizes change from brand to brand, so a piece that fits a size 8 could be in the 14 size rack, so don’t really trust the label. Some of the older pieces might not have label at all. Also, if you’re handy with a sewing machine, size doesn’t really matter! All you have to do is see the potential in a piece!

8 thrifting tips

Like I’ve said before, I’ve been hunting for a furry coat since the end of summer, and there was still no joy. Don’t give up! You might find it when you least expect it :)

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This is a Guest Post from Ines, Cinnamon Eve blog owner, 24, dentist, part-time fashion blogger, full time bookworm and sci-fi geek

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