I love scoring ~unique~ pieces that no one else has, especially when they cost less than my morning serve of smashed avo, don’t contribute to landfill, and mean I’m also giving back to a great cause like the Salvation Army. Sure, vintage shopping in Paris is très amazing, but if you’re not up for the 24-hour journey, why not look to your own backyard? You might just strike gold at your local thrift store, like I did on a recent shopping spree at Salvos, where I managed to find an entire week’s worth of outfits for under $300.
Trust me, it’s a helluva lot cheaper than a trip to France, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much treasure you can find if you know how to look.
Plus (thanks to the rebirth of 90s style), there may have never been a better time to hit up your local charity store for a whole new wardrobe. Spice up your op shop-sourced looks with your signature jewellery and cute sunglasses, and no one will be able to tell that your entire outfit cost less than a pineapple note.
The key to thrifting like a pro is to not getting overwhelmed—you need to be able to easily navigate the room, deciphering between trash and treasure, without getting hot and bothered and/or collapsing in a heap. To find out how to achieve this, get reading below…
1) Know your key trends before you go
Once you’ve brushed up on what’s hot atm, look out for certain colours or patterns and make a beeline for them when you get there. For example, after a little bit of research, I was drawn to plaid, polkadots, vintage blouses and puffy sleeves, and side-stepped errything else.
2) Look to vintage-inspired brands for #inspo
Brands like Rouge and Maison Cleo are all adding modern updates to old classics. So you don’t wind up looking too ~vintage~, to have a look at their insta pages to see which cuts and styles are in—and then seek-out similar ones, like this polka dot dress right here.
3) Try on as much as possible
Things that look meh on the hanger sometimes come to life when you put them on. Grab anything that slightly catches your eye and head for the change rooms.
4) Go oversize
Thanks to brands like Balenciaga and Vetements, you can get away with sizing-up in most things these days (especially blazers and blouses). And definitely do not buy things that are too small, or that require tailoring if you know you aren’t actually ever going to get around to taking them to a seamstress. RIP, all the slightly ill-fitting op shop finds that have ended up in the back of my wardrobe, never to see the light of day again.
5) Don’t forget the men’s section
Slide on over to the boy’s corner—I find they have amazing button-up shirts and jackets. Sometimes even the trousers are great.
6) Have Fun