Thrift Like a Pro

Jadyn Oates, Staff Writer

You may see thrift shopping as just any form of shopping, but it’s much more than that. Thrift shopping takes dedication, hard work. Think you can handle it? Then grab a notebook and get ready for my personal list of tips and tricks to make your thrifting day (yes the entire day) a successful one.

Get the day off

Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish, it might be a good idea to keep most of the day open. Thrifting takes time. My friends and I could waste 4 or 5 hours looking through clothes at different stores.

Never settle for just one

If you expect to find exactly what you’re looking for at the first store you walk into, then I wish you good luck. It is possible, but usually pretty unlikely. Find an area near you with multiple stores, and get ready to hit all of them.

Three’s a crowd

This one is a personal preference I suppose, but if you and your friends have similar styles/sizes, I wouldn’t go with more than 1 or 2 other people. Things can get awkward when you and your bestie both fall in love with the same thing.

Where to look

Thrift stores can range from a tiny, family-owned shop to a giant store lined with racks of clothes. So where do you start? I like to start in the men’s section. If you’re looking for crewnecks, oversized sweaters, and jackets, or graphic tees, the men’s section is the place to be. Next, I head to the pajama section. This is the best spot to find slip dresses/shirts, robes, and lacy/bustier tops. Then I head over to the women’s section. This takes me the longest. This is where I go for pants, skirts, outerwear, and those random finds that are just one of a kind. I also like to check the little kids’ section for Y2K baby tees and crop tops. Of course, you have to be sure to check out the shoes and purses too. More than half of my purses are from thrift stores and I get more compliments on them than the ones I buy new!

Do not attempt to embark on a day-long thrifting journey unprepared. Here’s what I bring with me when I thrift:


Mask! (+ gloves occasionally)

My own reusable bag

Hand sanitizer

A measuring tape for clothes

A friend!


And that’s it! That’s my short and simple guide to get the most out of your thrifting experience. I’m sure everyone has their own preferences, but this is the routine I’ve created for myself. Thrift shopping is the BEST way to keep up with the always-changing fashion trends without breaking your bank. I hope this inspired you to get up and go thrift!

If it did, here’s a list of my favorite local thrift stores to get you started: