I’ve been avoiding jeans shopping for months. Thankfully patience and persistence paid off, and now I have two pairs of jeans to replace my ripped ones and my wide-leg ones (they didn’t fit well).
I bought these at a consignment store. For shopping some items consignment is easier than thrift because the selection is smaller (less overwhelm) and the quality is better.
Either way, remember: Patience and Persistence.
Successful second-hand shopping can take a lot of repeat browsing. Yet most minimalists don’t consider shopping recreational, so this may seem counterintuitive. Still – sometimes you need to replace worn items or freshen your look, and buying second-hand is the most responsible way to do so.
Give yourself some time! Don’t go once, strikeout, and throw in the towel. Come back every few weeks, browse the racks, try on a few things, and the call it a day. Listen to some Macklemore. It doesn’t have to take hours. Truly, repeat visits will increase your odds of finding the piece that you love.
Elsie of A Beautiful Mess has her own list of tips. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Keep a running list of wants and needs. It can be hard to stay focused in a thrift store. Keep a list of items you’re hunting for, and see if they’re there.
- Buy only what you love. Keep things minimal and your style lovely by wearing clothes you adore.
- Keep an open mind. It’s important to push your comfort zone to stay fresh and on your style toes. Be open minded about new colors, patterns, cuts. You may find a well-made item that fits beautifully, even if you didn’t imagine wearing it before.
- If in doubt, don’t. Don’t clutter your closet with an item that you’re not sure about (unless it’s a comfort-zone experiment. And those only need be done one at a time).
- Be prepared. Preparedness for me means slip-on shoes, no skirts, no purses or heavy coats, and a tank-top so I can try on sweaters in the aisle. How do you prepare to thrift?
- Don’t forget the little things. Unique jewelry, scarves, belts, etc. accumulate at thrift stores. Give them a scan, using your practiced, discerning eye!
- Question each purchase. Do you have pieces to wear it with? Is it practical? Easy to care for? Versatile?
What are your thrifting or second-hand-buying tips?