assorted clothes hanging on a rack outside store

Before you go:

Write down a list of what items you want to pick up

Thrifting will mean the exact thing may not be there, but something similar might – so have an idea of the kind of thing you are looking for.

Have a look through your own wardrobe 

To check you haven’t forgotten about anything you may have thought you needed, and to check what will match the things you already have.

Check out some thrifting apps

I much prefer thrifting in physical stores, but if you are looking for something really specific, apps are a great idea. You have Depop, eBay, Vinted and more! Do be weary though, lots of people have started selling brand new clothes on these apps and they tend to be more expensive that in charities and second-hand stores.

On the day:

Wear something that’s easy to get in and out of

My advice? Try things on. I have bought items to only later realise it doesn’t fit properly… and then they end up back in a charity/second-hand store.

Have your list

Don’t forget to get your lil’ list out so you know what you’re looking for. I often get distracted and forget what I actually came to the shops for!

Know your budget and bring cash

Most places now do except card payments – but just in case I would remember a little bit of cash.

When you are there:

Try not to buy oversized clothes for the sake of it

This stops people in that size being able to buy them, a common theme in charity shops.

Check over the item

A twice over on the item to see if there are any faults, and if yes can you fix them or do you know someone who can?

Ask yourself – will I wear this?

Do you actually want this item? Will it last? Does it go with things I already have?

Now you have these nine tips to thrift like a boss – what are you waiting for?!

Let me know what you would add in the comments,

Elle x