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!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.