Lifestyle, Practical Life Tips

Just Before You Go-a-Thrifting

A Beginner’s Guide To Thrift Shopping

Thrift Shopping Tips

“He who will not economize will have to agonize”Confucius

Wise man that Confucius, He totally knew what he was saying when he uttered the words above.

Thrifting or the art of purchasing second-hand items has become the new
cool, gone are the days we used to feel shy or embarrassed because we got stuff from the thrift market or store. Now it’s totally a boast-worthy thing to score fab items at ridiculously low prices.

Now that we have that out of the way, What do you need to consider before you go – a- thrifting? It’s one thing to buy cheap stuff and it’s another to score items of great quality.

I’m no expert yet I’ll be sharing a few tips that have helped me during my thrift-scapades. Take note that no one is really a pro at thrifting, we learn every day so we can get better at it.

Practical Tips to help you score gems while Thrift Shopping

  • The first thing is to know what exactly you want to buy.

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If you are one who thrifts a lot or a newbie you know that every thrift market or store has different sections for different items. Hence before going – a – thrifting, I’d advice you know what you want to buy and make a list so you don’t go wandering about the market.

  • The second thing is to have a budget.

How To Thrift Shop like a Pro

Budget? For cheap stuff ?? Well, when shopping for anything it is always advisable to work with a budget.

It is so easy to get carried away with how affordable things at the market are and you might end up splurging on items you don’t even need. Although impulse buying works for some it’s best to shop based on your pocket or wallet (as the case may be).

  • Here’s another helpful one; Go shopping with a friend.

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Personally, I enjoy going to the thrift market alone, so I don’t even know why I’m telling you to go with a friend.

Yet, if you’re a newbie at this and you know someone who a pro at thrift shopping you could bring the person along so that you don’t get “robbed” or over pay for items.

  • Another thing to do while at the market is to check your items thoroughly.

How To Thrift Shop like a Pro

Now you are at the market, alone or with a friend, ensure you check any item you purchase thoroughly. Be it clothes, footwear or accessories. Check the buttons, zippers, check for holes and tears.

Also, examine the colour of the material, if you aren’t sure if it’s faded or that’s just the colour, KINDLY DROP IT! so as to avoid purchasing something you’ll end up wearing maybe once or twice or never at all.

  • Also, make sure to be observant.

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Yes! I know, you have a list but something fancy can still catch your eye. Always be observant you never can tell what thrift goodie you might score.

I for one always pay attention to shops selling clothes or bags whenever I’m out (not thrifting) because I never know what nice thing I might see. Plus if I don’t have the money I drop something as a deposit so the retailer can know I’m serious.

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That’s how I scored this lovely satchel for only 600 bucks. Call that a thrift steal! ;)o

  • Now you’re done selecting your item, the next step is to negotiate and drive a good bargain.
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Whatever you’re purchasing be it preowned or new, bargaining is always essential.
Retailers tend to double or sometimes triple the prices of their goods. It’s up to you to bring your negotiation game to the table and score yourself cool items at a steal.

If the retailer states a ridiculous price divide it in half (Β½) and sternly tell them that’s what you want to pay. If they refuse to budge, you should totally apply the walking away technique. If they call you back you’ve definitely scored yourself a good bargain, if they don’t oh welp!

You could decide to settle for their price or simply try another stall. This totally depends on how badly you need that item.

Thrifting is too essential right now because we are bringing back vintage fashion and where’s the best place to find quality vintage items? Yes! You guessed right it’s totally the Thrift Market.

Here are some other items I’ve scored while thrifting, you wouldn’t believe how much I got them for πŸ˜‰

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Patterned Shirt and Beige Pants

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Do these tips sound helpful?

Do you have other tips?

What’s the cheapest yet quality item you’ve scored while thrifting?

I’d really love to hear from you.

Until next time,

WanShyGirl ❀❀

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25 thoughts on “Just Before You Go-a-Thrifting”

    1. Thanks Kene. Perhaps you haven’t been looking in the right places, you should give it another shot you’d be surprised at the cool items you’ll score. Thanks for taking time out to check my little blog space :D.

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  1. Very much incisive tips,never use to be a fan of second hand cloths or Okirika as they call but we can all scream recession now. I however think for newbies this list would help alot.Funny though, my favorite shoe ever was gotten very cheap from a thrift shop and it has even lasted longer than some of my brand-new foreign imported shoes. Good work girl..

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    1. Thanks Kunle. Okrika goods have always been stigmatized because apparently only the “poor” do bend down but let’s face it we can’t all afford boutiques. I’m glad you stopped by as usual. Thanks for the constant support, I appreciate you.

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    1. Hahahhaa…I have ogas in thrifting oooo. Issa no no, bag and shoe not available go buy your own πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ make I go hide am now sef LOL! Thanks for stopping by dear.

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  2. Thrifting is now cool but sadly I don’t have the patience for thrifting these days. Whenever I step into Yaba and those guys start harassing me, I just lose interest.
    I’m searching for a thrift buddy, someone who has more patience and knows that market and where to score good deals.
    Thanks for the tips, hopefully I will be applying them soon.
    <a href="http://www.mystylelookbookseries.blogspot.com"My Style Look Book Series

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  3. Thrifting is the new cool but sadly I don’t have the patience for thrifting these days. Whenever I step into Yaba and those guys start harassing me, I just lose interest.
    I’m searching for a thrift buddy, someone who has more patience and knows that market and where to score good deals.
    Thanks for the tips, hopefully I will be applying them soon.
    <a href="http://www.mystylelookbookseries.blogspot.com"My Style Look Book Series

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    1. Those guys can be a major pain but when you think of the good things you’ll score they are less important. I hope you get a thrift buddy soon or just stick to the online thrift stores either way it’s a win – win. Thanks for reading this Praise πŸ‘

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  4. That floral shirt is too nice.
    Definitely helpful tips. This thrifting thing saves money and gets your great pieces at the same time. What a win. Forever searching for a thrift partner. Lol

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