#TipTuesday: Master Secondhand Shopping

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We compiled 10 tips to help you master secondhand clothing shopping!


1. Research secondhand stores you want to shop at ⁣⁣⁣

Find local secondhand stores that you want to check out. Generally speaking, there are two sets of secondhand stores, one for casual everyday wear and another that sells predominantly luxury brands. Depending on what you're looking for (eg: a new flannel or a pre-owned designer handbag), plan accordingly. 

 

2. Identify what you need in your wardrobe⁣⁣⁣

Seriously look at your closet and identify what gaps you have. Do you need a new denim jacket? Sweaters for fall? Black pants? 

 

3. Make a list ⁣and stick to it⁣⁣

After identifying what you need, make a list and stick to it. Use the notes app on your phone, a physical list on paper- whatever works for you! Be sure to specifically look for those items when you’re shopping and don't be tempted by anything else.

 

4. Establish a budget ⁣⁣⁣

Have an idea of how much you're willing to spend on the pieces and how much you want to spend overall. This will help make sure you don't buy too much and only buy what you need!

 

5. Prepare for the shopping experience ⁣⁣⁣

- Wear a comfortable outfit that's easy to get in and out of
- Wear a basic bra and panties that will go with a variety of things you'll try on
- Bring water in a reusable water bottle & some snacks
- Bring a reusable bag to help carry your new clothing items

 

6. Strategically shop with the store layout in mind⁣⁣⁣

If you're looking for a new flannel, figure out where the store has their shirts stored. Or, if the store doesn't organize that well, make sure you start at one point and work your way throughout the entire store so you properly dig through everything. 

 

7. Shop both women and men sections - size doesn’t mean everything!⁣⁣⁣

Sizing at secondhand clothing stores can vary. If you like an item, don't reject it until you try it on.

 

8. Try on the clothes and walk around in it⁣⁣⁣

When you're trying on the clothes, make sure you can comfortably walk around, sit down, etc. If you're comfortable in the pieces, you'll likely wear it a lot 

 

9. Be cutthroat with what you’re buying⁣⁣⁣

Only buy what's on your list and within your budget! Just because there's a designer brand you like and it's cheap, doesn't mean you need it. Only get what you need!

 

10. Go with a friend for a second opinion and make a fun day out of it!

Pretty self-explanatory - bring a friend and give each other opinions :)


⁣⁣⁣Let us know if you try any of these tips and happy secondhand shopping!