10 Tricks to Updating Your Wardrobe at the Thrift Store
Thrift store shopping has always been popular among frugal consumers, but in the past few years more people seem to be browsing. The hipster look and even pop culture moments such as the Grammy-winning "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have made thrift store shopping, well, cooler. So how can shoppers make the most of thrift stores this spring?
Some of the best thrift store finds surface when items are out of season. Shoppers eyeing spring clothes right now should look out for bonus winter wardrobe updates, as well.
Not having much luck with clothes on a particular day? Don't leave a thrift shop without combing through the accessories. A thrift shop find can make or update an outfit for cheap. A cute spring purse, light scarf or skinny belt, a gently worn watch, or a few wrist bangles may be waiting to be snatched up.
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It goes without saying that thrift-store shoppers should examine closely whatever they plan to buy. If it's stained, ripped, discolored, or overly worn, it's probably unwearable. But if a problem seems fixable, go for it -- assuming the repair cost doesn't unwind the thrift store shopping bargain. A chic pair of pants with a ripped seam can be patched at minimal expense, but a grease stain down the front of an otherwise perfect summer dress is likely to be there forever.
While the lure of the thrift shop is strong, there are some types of clothing to never buy used. Socks and underwear come to mind for sanitary reasons. Shoppers may also want to think twice about hats, boots, and shoes during a thrift store shopping spree.