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      7 Tips to Help You Thrift

      7 Tips to Help You Thrift

      Heading to a thrift store soon? We are here to help. Here’s 7 tips to help you navigate a thrift store with confidence and clarity! 


    • MAKE A LIST
    • Create a staple list of items or brands that you are looking for to help maximize your time when you’re thrifting. Do you need a pair of nude pumps? Will you buy anything from the brand Michael Kors? Do you love leather jackets? Having a firm idea of what you need, what you want, and what you can’t give up will help guide you as you are shopping and help your friends keep an eye out for pieces that you would’ve otherwise missed. 


    • KEEP AN OPEN MIND
    • While it may be important to have an idea of what you're looking for, don’t take that as advice that you shouldn’t take chances! How many times have you left a store with something you had no idea you wanted going in? Taking fashion risks is all part of the fun when you are thrift shopping. 


    • SHOP OFTEN
    • Thrift stores are always getting new pieces in and you don’t want to miss out on a killer find. Vintage Louis Vuitton bags? Used Hermes purses? Special edition Louboutin shoes? These brand name items do not stay on the shelves long; check back frequently and at regular intervals to avoid missing out.


    • ACCESSORIZE!
    • Take the time to appreciate the small things in life! Rings, jewelry, belts, and ties are often overlooked at thrift stores, meaning you can score an awesome find. 


    • PINTEREST CAN HELP
    • Having trouble knowing how to wear a certain item? Use Pinterest’s search bar to describe your item and then add, “outfits.” This will help inspire you with ideas on how to wear what you’re looking at. 


    • KEEP VALUE IN MIND
    • Reselling a piece online for profit is always an option! When searching for treasures, try to keep the item’s resale value in mind. Even if you plan on wearing the item, it will still retain resale value provided it’s kept in good shape and comes from an upscale brand. 


    • DON’T RUSH
    • Take your time searching for your style and size! Thrifting is a completely different experience from shopping the mass produced items at the mall. Take your time to really enjoy the experience and find your one-of-a-kind item. 


      Who we are:

      Labelswap is a local Tampa thrift store that focuses on selling gently used designer brands. If you’ve taken great care of designer or brand name items, we’d love to buy them from you! Stop by labelswap, at 3143 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609 to sell your items to us. You may choose a store credit of 50% of the item’s resale value or cash in and get 30% in cash on the spot! While you’re there, be sure to check out our daily influx of new items. Visit us in store or online at labelswap.com.

      6 Trends You Don’t Want to Miss Out On

      6 Trends You Don’t Want to Miss Out On

      As we quickly approach the second half of the year, we decided to record 6 of our all time favorite trends for the year of 2020. These styles have gone from the runway to the real world and we are here to help you navigate how to pull off these trendy styles. 


    • PUFFY SLEEVES
    • From Queen Elizabeth to Princess Diana, many iconic women have flaunted the puffy sleeve trend. While this femine fad may seem intimidating, it doesn’t have to be! Try wearing a puffy sleeved blouse with distressed denim and sandals or low boots to rock this look. 

      long sleeved shirt with puffy shoulder pads and ripped jeans

      SHOP THIS STYLE


    • SHOES OVER PANTS
    • This fashion forward statement turned heads during the 2020 Spring/Summer Copenhagen Fashion Week. To accomplish this look, take a pair of strappy heels or sandals and wrap them around the leg of your trousers or jeans in a laced up pattern. Next time you’re getting dressed, give your shoes the spotlight that they deserve and try out this playful look. 

      pink blazer, jeans, and strappy shoes over pants

      SHOP THIS STYLE

       

    • KITTEN HEELS 
    • Kitten heels were first introduced back in the late 1950’s, but it’s safe to say they’ve made a trendy comeback in 2020. These delicate heels make a statement with any outfit, but we like them paired best with a midi skirt or dress. 

      rihanna wearing a white dress and kitten heels

      SHOP THIS STYLE A

      SHOP THIS STYLE B

       

    • MICRO BAGS
    • In late 2019, we saw lots of celebrities toting mini purses. Lizzo, we’re looking at you. This cutesy, and at times, comical trend is here to stay. To achieve this trend, you may need to encapsulate your inner minimalist and pack only what is of necessity to you. 

      lizzo orange dress and small purse

      SHOP THIS STYLE

       

    • TRENCH COATS
    • Embrace your inner Sherlock Holmes this coming Fall and try a trench. Style a trench coat with a turtleneck bodysuit, skinny jeans and neutral or snakeskin colored boots for a fun look. Trench coats can be easily dressed up or dressed down, suiting virtually every occasion. 

      liz tyler wearing a trench coat and flats

       

    • UTILITY JUMPSUITS
    • Utility jumpsuits are the one piece that does it all. They’re comfortable, light, versatile and easily accessorized. What’s not to like? Try adding a pop of color to your utility jumpsuit with funky heels or a colorful purse. 

      jessica alba wearing a utility jumpsuit and red shoes


      Who we are:

      Labelswap is a local Tampa thrift store that focuses on selling gently used designer brands. If you’ve taken great care of designer or brand name items, we’d love to buy them from you! Stop by labelswap, at 3143 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609 to sell your items to us. You may choose a store credit of 50% of the item’s resale value or cash in and get 30% in cash on the spot! While you’re there, be sure to check out our daily influx of new items. Visit us in store or online labelswap.com. 


      Editor's note: All of our items at labelswap are first come, first served. This means that certain linked items may not be available anymore. Shop all of our available upscale resale items at labelswap.com or in our retail store located at 3143 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609. Happy shopping! 

      9 Tips To Care For Your Clothing

      9 Tips To Care For Your Clothing

      By 2030, it’s expected that fashion waste will increase to a 148 million ton problem. Making sustainable decisions with how we purchase and care for our clothing can help combat the global fashion waste crisis. Taking good care of the clothing items that you choose to purchase will help keep them out of landfills and stay in circulation. Here’s 9 tips to help you keep your clothing in great shape: 

      1. Buy high-quality pieces.
      Purchasing high end, brand name items that are made with quality sourced materials and fabrics are more likely to withstand the test of time. Purchasing low quality items or “fast fashion” usually means your clothing will last between 1-2 seasons. “Fast fashion” is typically purchased from online boutiques that rip-off original designers by creating knock-off versions of that season's runway designs. Purchasing fast-fashion means discrediting the work that the designer did and often means supporting the poor working conditions of those who work in fast fashion factories. 

      2. Carry a stain removal pen.
      Don’t let stains set in just because you are in an inopportune situation, treat them as quickly as possible with a portable stain remover pen. These pens are small and dry fast, making them the perfect portable option to carry in your purse for pesky red wine or coffee stains.

      3. Read the labels.
      Be honest, how many times have you haphazardly thrown your clothing in the wash without reading the label? Reading the label can help save you time and money by advising you on how to correctly wash your clothing. Take these labels seriously and your clothing will have a much longer lifespan. 

      4. Use a mesh bag or a pillowcase to wash your delicates.
      Using a mesh bag or a pillowcase to wash your delicates allows them to get clean without getting snagged by zippers or getting wrapped around the washer’s agitator. 

      5. Invest in felt or wooden hangers.
      Avoid cheap, wire hangers that can cause snagging and invest in felt or wooden hangers to help your clothing items keep their original shape. 

      6. Air dry your clothing. 
      Purchase a drying rack from your local superstore and let your clothing air dry! Most items will take under 24 hours to fully dry and they will dry unshrunk.

      7. Learn basic sewing skills (or fake it with fabric glue!)
      Mending holes and tears is easier than you might think. Don’t give up on items that have been snagged or torn, learn how to mend your items by watching a YouTube video on sewing or using fabric glue to mend holes. 

      8. Wash your clothing in cold water.
      Washing your clothes in cold water will save you money on your utility bills for sure, but it will also help extend your clothing item’s life! Most fabrics hold up better when subjected to cold water rather than hot water. 

      9. Zip your zippers!
      Leaving your zippers unzipped in the washing machine allows other clothing to be eaten up by the raw edge of your zipper. Always zip before you wash and you will prevent unnecessary snags and tears in your softer clothing items. 

      If you’ve taken great care of designer or brand name items, we’d love to buy them from you! Stop by labelswap, at 3143 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609 to sell your items to us. You may choose a store credit of 50% of the item’s resale value or cash in and get 30% in cash on the spot! While you’re there, be sure to check out our daily influx of new items. Visit us in store or online labelswap.com. Labelswap is a local Tampa thrift store that focuses on selling gently used designer brands.