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How to Thrift When You're In a Hurry-3 Easy Tips!

Araceli V.

Hey beautiful people!

So I'm back this week with some really EASY thrift/vintage shopping tips. Tips that will help you hit up the thrift store like a pro.  

1. Make a bee line to the dressing rooms (if there are any)

I do this all the time. If I'm thrifting in a time crunch (I'm talking 30 min-1hr lunch) I walk (strike through) run really to the dressing room to get any loot that didn't fit someone. You may or may not find anything but regardless, you cut the rummaging time. Someone's already picked through to find good items. Talk about efficient!

Didn't find anything? Don't worry! Look on the racks closest to the dressing room. You may or may not know this but people are lazy AF and will not go the extra mile to put something away.

*Expert tip: Check the area near the cash register too for any of those last minute regrets. Of which I have many. :D

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2. Create a wishlist beforehand


Trust this makes a huge difference! Even a seasoned thrifter gets overwhelmed the moment they walk into a thrift store. The other day, I went to a new thrift store in my area and stood in the entrance for like 5 minutes staring in awe of how large the store was and how I was going to get through all the clothes. 

Creating a wishlist really keeps you on track for what you should look for and prioritize looking for at the thrift. I like to spend some time thinking about current trends are in line with my style and jot them down. Head over to check out my February Thrift wish List to see my wants.

Based on what's on my wish list, I'll navigate around the store looking for these items. 

For example, if I have black high-waisted jeans on my list, I'll go straight to the women's jeans section and first look in the dark/black denim then fan out to the men's section if I haven't found what I like. 

3. Pull what catches your eye, sort later

I learned this the hard way and still fail to follow my own rules. Jokes on me -__-
I've learned to grab and throw anything that I like into my cart. The reason for this is that

  • You don't waste time deliberating whether you should get it
  • You get more time to go through more items.
  • It saves you money, weed out the MEH items.

I've picked up a shirt that I ended up hating by the time I was at the check out. 

I hope these quick and simple tips help make your thrift adventure more positive & less overwhelming.

Do you guys have any quick/efficient shopping tips? I would love to know, let's share!