Wait. Isn’t ANYTIME a good time to thrift? Well, yes, especially in this world of fast-fashion and consumer waste. But there are a few timing-related factors to consider.
Toward the beginning of the season
Even if you’re a bargain-hunter extraordinaire who waits until garments have been marked down at least three times before pouncing, consider thrifting at the beginning of the season instead of the end. Thrift store items are so much cheaper than retail, even at “full price,” and if you thrift when the season is just beginning you’ll get first pick of new offerings. Waiting for markdowns will mean better bargains, but as the season begins to peter out, so do the seasonally appropriate offerings. Get shopping while the getting’s good.
Originally posted 2013-04-23 06:47:07.
Winter can feel like a crummy time to thrift. We’re sluggish and uninspired, so the prospect of digging through the racks may be overwhelming. But in my opinion, thrifting is a four-season sport and there are many great bargains to be had even during the dark, cold months. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you hit the secondhand circuit this winter:
The fine art of layering without lumps requires us to have some close-fitting underlayers. Why spend $10 a pop at Target when you can plunk down a dollar or two for tanks, tees, and long-sleeved shirts at the thrift store? Since these pieces won’t get close scrutiny and since they need to fit tightly enough that they may not be appropriate for stand-alone wear, scrimping on them just makes sense.
Originally posted 2012-12-13 06:43:40.
Thrifting can lead to shopping-related compromise. A shopper who would never consider purchasing a brand new pair of jeans that have a stain at the hem might be perfectly willing to plunk down a dollar for said jeans at a thrift store with the intention of cutting them into shorts. Another shopper would scoff at a coat that’s missing a key button in a department store, but might consider a similarly buttonless coat as a DIY project waiting to happen should that coat turn up at a secondhand store. But we’ve all got our thrifting deal-breakers. And here are mine:
Originally posted 2012-10-16 06:17:19.