Always wanted to try thrifting, but don't know where to start? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Thrifting is very beneficial, both for your pockets and for the environment. Going on a thrift trip can help you find unique and trendy items without the guilt of buying from a fast fashion brand. Here's some tips and tricks to keep in mind to get the best bang out of your buck!

First thing you need to know about thrifting: there are more options then just Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Thrift outlets, vintage stores , flea markets, and estate sales are some other options to look into. 

  • When it comes to finding a good thrift shop, upscale areas usually have more high end and authentic pieces in their stock. If you aren't feeling the in store shopping option, of course there is  online thrifting! Thread Up and Depop are great online vintage shops to try out!

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  • It's ok to shop in other sections, you might be surprised by what you find in the men's and children's sections! Although thrifting can seem daunting, you can move past the initial overwhelming feeling by being discerning about what you pick up. Come to the store with brands, styles, colors, and materials you know you like in mind. This makes it easier to zero in on the items you know you can realistically work with. 

  • Always wash the clothing after purchasing! Don't forget to pay close attention to the fabric content and launder according to the washing instructions on the tag.

  • While in store, make your way to the fitting rooms to try your items on! Most thrift stores don't allow returns, so only buy what you love!

  • Don't neglect the accessory and jewelry sections! You can find amazing pieces you can use to elevate your outfits. To know the content of jewelry, look for stamps that indicate different metals. For example, sterling silver usually has the 925 stamp.

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  • Honestly, it's better to buy items that are a bit oversized. This gives you room to get creative. Don't be afraid to cut up and customize your garments!

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Because thrifted clothing is so inexpensive, cutting your items or adding things to it seems less scary. There are so many options when it comes to DIY projects. Cropping, distressing, applying patches, and resizing are some examples of quick alterations you can do. You don't even need to know how to sew (if you do, you can get a bit more creative and there's always YouTube)!

All you need for most projects are a seam ripper, fabric glue, scissors, and a needle & thread. The options are infinite depending on what type of garment you decide to customize. You’ll always be able to find a good pair of  jeans while thrifting. Here’s some great ideas you can use to personalize your favorite thrifted denim pieces: 

Another great thing about thrifting is that you can shop today's trends without breaking the bank.You can find items that either mimic modern trends or are past trends that came back. Take a look at these popular trends that are easy to find on your next thrift run!

Thrifting gives you the opportunity to find trendy pieces but still allows you to be unique in your style. Although you are dressing on trend, your pieces are most likely one of a kind. Remember, have patience! Make it a project, have fun and be creative! Tag us @BoxBeautyCo on your next thrift escapade to show off your style!