This is Katie.
You may or may not know this, but Elise has the magic touch when it comes to thrift store shopping. Everyone hates her (myself included) for the amazing things she finds for so cheap. She recently shared with me her strategy for thrift shopping. Maybe the thrift gods are looking out for her, or maybe her strategy actually works.
This is Elise.
1. The most important rule for thrift store shopping is that you look at everything. EVERYTHING. If you want to score, you have to give yourself time to really look through every section. Clothes, house wares, shoes, accessories, even the men's clothes. You might just find something awesome.
2. Don't go with a list in mind. Be open to whatever you might find!
3. Picture the items you pull outside of the thrift store context. Even if it looks weird, you pulled it out for some reason, so think about if you saw it hanging on a rack at your favorite store. Would you like it then? Picture the item as part of your own closet and not the closet it came from. It's all about context.
4. TRY IT ON. Don't pull something out, then put it back because you THINK it won't fit. You might be surprised.
5. Be open to altering items. Cutting off sleeves, or shortening a dress might make all the difference. Besides, if it's only $3, there's not much risk involved.
6. If you find something with the coolest fabric or pattern, but it's way too big, or small, or ugly, always, always, always remember: you can turn it into a pillow (Katie's rule. More on that later. Dress I found-cut it short-she turned the rest into a pillow. WIN. WIN).
7. Have a great ol' time.