As much as I love shopping online and in stores at major retailers, my love for thrifting has been increasing a lot the last year. If you didn’t see my post about the thrift stores you should visit in Toronto, then definitely read that here! Thrifting is one of my favourite things to do because it’s like a scavenger hunt almost. I love going with people who enjoy it as much as I do and would dedicate the time to looking through every section and every size to find the most unique pieces. I really lucked out when I spent about 4-5 hours thrifting in West Toronto. There are a bunch of stores around Parkdale and I got the most amazing pieces. I thought I’d come up with a few tips and tricks at how you can navigate your way through a thrift/vintage store!
HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR
When you enter a place like Value Village, it can be overwhelming with how much stuff there is. I always like to have an idea of what I’m looking for. Usually I look for the same things: mom jeans, skirts, light jackets, blouses and accessories so they’re always my go-to when I visit any store!
BE SURE TO LOOK THROUGH ALL SIZES
Thrift stores are organized but they also don’t always pay attention to different size conversions. For instance, there were a pair of jeans marked as a 30 but Carolina normally wears a 24. So it’s important to go through all sizes because pieces could be made in another country with a totally different size chart. If you want to see the jeans I’m talking about, be sure to watch the video below!
THE MEN’S SECTION CAN BE USEFUL IF YOU HAVE AN EYE FOR IT
Whenever I look for something oversized, I either go a size up in the women’s section or look at the men’s section. The oversized look, especially with blazers and coats are very versatile and can be SO expensive when you buy it from a retailer. For instance, a $60 checked blazer at Zara versus a $10 blazer from the men’s section at Value Village.
NEVER FORGET GOING THROUGH ACCESSORIES
A majority of my summer scarves actually comes from thrift stores. I definitely noticed a lot of the same patterns but it just reassured me that I don’t need to spend $15+ at Forever21 or Zara for a satin or silk scarf. You can easily find them at almost all thrift stores for much cheaper!
WHEN IN DOUBT, TRY IT ON
There have been countless times that I’ve looked at an item and contemplated whether or not it was extremely ugly or cute. When in doubt, always try it on because items can look so different when you see it on someone versus holding it up and there being no shape to it.
Hopefully these tips and tricks help you the next time you’re at thrifting! Let me know what your favourite thrift stores are in the comments below 🙂