A College Students Guide to Thrift Shopping

Second-hand stores are a great resource for college students who are looking to stay true to their style while also not breaking the bank. It can seem daunting if you are unfamiliar with second-hand stores. Here are some tips that can help you begin your thrifting journey.

Find the right store for you

There are many different options when it comes to second-hand stores. There are an array of different thrift stores that cater to different price points and interests.

If you are looking for a store selling vintage goods there are many shops that exclusively sell these types of products. Vintage shops can be reasonably priced, but an older piece may also come with a larger price tag. There are some stores that sell vintage items that are repurposed or considered high end which can be very expensive. It is important to remain aware of this when looking for vintage clothes.

Another type of second-hand store is one that is curated to the latest trends. This can be a good option for someone who wants an easier thrift shopping experience and is also willing to spend more than they would at a more basic second-hand shop. Buffalo Exchange and Plato’s Closet are examples of second-hand chains that fall under this category. These stores will allow you to sell your clothes to them in exchange for store credit or sometimes cash. They will, however, be selective in what they choose and the store credit you are given in exchange may be minimal. The location of these stores can also play a role in price and variety as the selection will vary by area.

A common option for those looking to go thrift shopping are basic second hand stores such as GoodWill and Savers. These stores are often affiliated with charities but are also owned by big companies. They often sell a wide variety of clothes and also often sell furniture and knick knacks. It can be a tedious task to find something that suits you, but that makes it all the more rewarding when you find a diamond in the rough. These stores are a very affordable option for students and you never know what treasures you may come upon.

Have an idea of what you are looking for

When first walking into a thrift shop, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the clothes available. It can also be easy to want to buy all sorts of things you never knew you needed. If you are trying to stay on a budget it is important to have a game plan before shopping. Try to go into the store with an idea of what you want to buy and also how much you want to spend.

Check the condition of the clothes

If you find the perfect blouse that comes from a high priced brand but is priced insanely low, you may feel that it is too good to be true. This could be a lucky find but you also may have come upon a damaged piece. If the damage is limited it may still be worth buying but it also may be unwearable. Even when the price is not abnormal it is important to check the clothes you want to buy for any tears and stains.

Have fun!

When you have the right attitude thrift shopping is a fun experience. It is a great option for college students who are looking for an affordable wardrobe. Thrift shopping is a fun thing to do with friends and you will feel great when you are able to show off your thrifted goods.

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