Last Updated: February 28, 2023, 17:50 IST
Not everyone can afford a designer product or accessory, and secondhand shopping is the best way to buy an original product at reasonable rates. Over the years, this shopping trend has boomed owing to social media and its connectivity. However, heading to a thrift store can be an overwhelming experience if you are doing it for the first time. The first step to mastering it is to envision what you could use in your wardrobe. Walking into a vintage store without a plan will leave you perplexed, you might also begin to question your own choices. If you are looking for a guide to do it effectively, then you’ve arrived at the perfect place. Here are a few things that you must keep in mind:
Know where to shop
Be thorough with your research before planning to shop for second-hand clothes and accessories. Get detailed information about thrift and vintage store in your vicinity, one can also look for inspiration on Instagram. The photo-sharing application is an influx of vintage sellers which has made browsing for second-hand clothes way easier.
Buy your own size
It happens often when the size tag of secondhand items is removed. It is important to know your own measurement so that you don’t end up regretting the purchase. Also, many vintage sellers offer to make alterations as a part of their service. Slight alteration is appreciated but make sure that you do not ruin a good piece for anything.
Look for quality products
The whole idea of behind secondhand shopping is to extend the life of your wardrobe at cheap rates. So make sure to look for timeless products including designer clothes and accessories. The better the quality of the product, the longer you’ll get to accommodate it in your closet.
Embrace small imperfections
Thrift stores often include clothes discarded by major brands owing to small imperfections. It could be the print or a miss-stitch, you must embrace little imperfections. Sometimes, the owner of the clothes might have given the garments for a small tear, you may be able to fix and reuse them as new.
What not to buy
For hygienic purposes, always avoid purchasing second-hand undergarments or swimwear. Also, refrain from purchasing secondhand shoes for the same reason. Make sure you thoroughly wash your secondhand purchase before putting it on.
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