5 tips for first-time thrifters


Thrifting for the first time can be overwhelming hence a lot of people are hesitant to even go. Here’s what to keep in kind if you want to get a good bargain from thrifting.

Think outside the box

Remember, a lot of these thrift shops don’t steam the clothes, so chances are you’re going to get them in their most wrinkled state. They won’t look as great in the shop, but after a good wash and steaming you’ll be good to go. When it comes to sizes, it’s best to get a bigger size because you can always adjust it to your needs. Before making your purchase, look out for stains and tears because once you buy there’s no returning.

Take tips from vlogger Snikiwe Mhlongo

Don’t thrift in a hurry

Unlike departmental stores, thrift clothes are scattered around and it’s for you to dig until you find what you like and this might take a while.

Try on the clothes

If you’re a size 10 in UK sizes chances you won’t be the same size in other brands. So, should the thrifting store have a fitting room make use of it.

Wash the clothes before wearing them

Small items like hoodies, sweats, and shirts can easily be handwashed or tossed in the washine machine and they’ll be as good as new. Washing thrifted clothes is important as you don’t know who has worn or touched the clothes before. For heavier items like coats it’s always best you take them to the dry cleaner as they have the right tools for washing such items

Mix and match your clothes

Rocking a thrifted outfit from head to toe can be tricky, so if you’re not bold enough, mix and match your high-end clothes with low-end items.

Vlogger Vongai Mapho doesa good job at mix and matching her clothes. 

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