5 Tips for First Time Thrift Shoppers
One of the things I appreciate most about blogging is all of the people I’ve met, and continue to meet through this platform. Social media is a funny thing, it has allowed me to meet people, who in my head or even virtually are my homies. That brings me to today’s post. I finally met and hung out with one of my virtual homies, Tiyuanna, a self-proclaimed Thrift Style Maven, and that title is fitting. I’ve always admired her style because she wears the cutest outfits that she puts together with pieces she thrifted. We finally decided to meet up for brunch (my idea) and thrifting (her idea).
We brunched at the Woodland’s Grill. I have been to the Woodland’s Grill for lunch and dinner, but this was my first time visiting for brunch. The service and dishes are consistently good. Our server, Mary was friendly and gave us some good recommendations.
Tiyunna went with the crab cake benedict, and she let me try a piece. It was delicious. The egg, crab cake, and perfectly toasted English muffin melded so well together. I think I will be getting this next time I visit.
I decided to go in the other direction and went for a sweet over savory, with the stuffed French toast. It was delicious. The thick fluffy, lightly fried bread is filled with a sweet berry flavored cream and topped with mixed berries. I didn’t even need syrup!
After brunch we made our way to Thrift World, Dallas. I was initially intimidated by the whole idea of thrifting, but Tiyunna took the lead and did her thing. I left with 5 items for a total of $25. Some of the pieces I scored were from Banana Republic and JCrew.
Tiyunna’s Thrifting Tips:
- Assess your closet and make a list of items you want/need to purchase. Thrift stores can be overwhelming and it’s easy to get caught up with the fact that there is so much and for so cheap. It may also be helpful to set a budget and stick to it!
- Dress comfortably. Wear something fitted that you could try clothes over or something loose that you try clothes on under (I wore a peasant style maxi dress and tried the skirts on under my dress) because some stores do not have a fitting room and you cannot return items.
- The best items to thrift for a newbie are blazers, skirts, vintage jeans, and accessories.
- Dry clean or wash all of your items. Spray and wipe down accessories and shoes with rubbing alcohol.
- Have fun and enjoy the experience!