As much as I get excited to buy a hot designer item, there's nothing that gets me going more than thrifting. Everything about Goodwill makes me happy...the smell is slightly off, but it hardly covers up the stench of sweet sweet deal finding. After running by MedExpress to pay my bill from the last time I had a false alarm kidney infection, I saw the Goodwill face logo smiling at me from across the parking lot. He always gets me! So, of course, I was lured to the land of secondhand sentiments.
My shopping experience started off a little rocky...some lady was practically screaming at her kid in front of everybody (always makes me defensive as a mother myself), I didn't find any diamonds in the rough right off the bat, etc. However, I knew I was on a mission for some oversized, chunky sweaters so I headed to that department. Score! On the way, I found several bright, glorious belts and a few killer dresses with vintage flare. Ohhh! And an old Guns & Roses band tee that I hope to make into a sexy, oversized tank to wear with cut-offs. Drool over these gems then read on to learn how to properly have your own fashion explosion at Goodwill..or whurr evurrr.
So you might be wondering wtf or wth am I doing with half of those things...well funny you should ponder, because I've got it all up here in my brilliant brain (pointing to my Texas Barbie-sized hair that's hiding all the secrets). I will share the secrets only to you, because I love you! And because I trust you'll comment and share this post for days to come.
How-To Shop Secondhand
1. Do look up a size. For smalls, check the mediums, and mediums, check the larges. I do recommend not going larger than one or two sizes though, because the arms of shirts and legs of pants will be ridiculously large and not flattering.
2. Look for trendy colors/prints. You can take any Goodwill goodie and rock it with current trends if the color isn't grodie or grungy. For example, hunter green and dalmation dots are both big trends now and for later seasons. So, if you find a bow blouse in green or dotty heels, get 'em!
3. Don't expect perfection. Pieces might need a little TLC to be perfect on you...but that's okay! That's the fun of thrifting. Be open to hemming those pants for a better fit or tailoring that top to flatter your figure. This can make that $2.50 piece look like a million buckeroos on you.
4. Don't forget accessories! Some of my favorite finds when thrifting are belts, cute little chain-strap clutches, and bangles. Look for accents that are well-made and have stood the test of time (i.e. gold that's not tarnished, real leather, belts that aren't ridged or cracked from underneath).