Often times I get asked “Where did you get your shirt from”, “Where can I find that skirt?”, or “OMG, those bottoms would go perfect with this shirt I just purchased. Where did you get them from?” & as much as I would love to say… “Girl, I got this super duper skirt from Target! They have a bunch of them right now! Go get you one!!” A lot of times I find myself not knowing how to respond because heres the thing, 87% of my closet is thrifted. When Hubby and I have a date night scheduled and I want to wear something new I head to the Thrift Store. When my girl friends or sorority sisters want to go out for brunch I go straight to the Thrift Store and when I want to turn some jeans into some cute shorts you can find me at the nearest Thrift Store. I may not always find what I am looking for but my first option when needing something to wear is to head straight to the (yup, you guessed it!) Thrift Store. So lets chat about What to Wear to A Thrift Store, How to Thrift Shop and How to Rock Your Thrift Store Finds.
Thrifting is a unique experience- digging through clutter racks and shelves, the unknowing of where it's been or who it’s been worn by, and of course the possibility of finding something really awesome. Thrifting is the ultimate example of one person’s trash being another person’s treasure. For many of us Pro-Thrifters, thrifting is an amusement park for us. The rush and the high you get when you find something so amazing, you honestly feel like it was sent from the Almighty God Himself ("can I get a amen somebody?!"). So let’s discuss what you should wear to a thrift store. Yes, there’s a dress code that you must follow if you want to be successful at thrifting and pass my Thrifting 101 class. Most Thrift Stores only allow you to take 3 or 4 items into the changing room. Then once you finish trying on those items you have to get back in line to try on the rest and if you’re anything like me, you easily have over 30 items in your cart. Therefore let’s do the math- If we have 30 items to try on and was only allowed to bring 3 items into the dressing room at a time. Then that means I would have to get back into line TEN times just to try on all of my items! So here is what I am trying to say… YOU & I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR All OF THAT! Like my Husband always says, “Money, you can get back. But time, you can not.”
What To Wear To A Thrift Store
So when thrifting I always wear and advise others to wear something equliavent to a “cat suit”. Leggings, and tank tops are my to go to. As you can see, I’m wearing biker shorts, a tank top, and a jean jacket. Wearing these particular items allows me to try something right on the spot without having to go to a dressing a room.
How To Thrift Shop
When shopping at the thrift store you have to TAKE YOUR TIME!! This isn't Forever 21, H&M, Zara or Macy's where the clothes are already presorted. Find your size and look through each clothing item one by one. If you become lazy and just skim through the racks you'll miss out on that hidden treasure.
I promise you that Thrift stores are filled with fabulous finds. You can find real vintage and authentic designer items: you just gotta dig a little! Having a few cool pieces adds a little something unique to your regular, everyday wardrobe. The best part about finding items at the thrift store is that no one else will have what you are rocking!!
How To Rock your Thrift Store Finds
So here is the fun part! My goal was to stay up under $20 during this trip. However my son, Braxton, found a dinosaur that he had to have and because I like to bribe my children (shoot me), I allowed him to bring it home only if he promise me he would stay well behave while Mommy shops. He fulfilled his promise so Mommy bought the dinosaur. Therefore, my grand total on this trip was $21.24 (tax included). Want to see what I bought?!
This beautiful floral dress was originally $4.99. However, because all black price tags were 50% off that day I only paid $2.50. Also, many would say that this dress looks like something my grandmother would wear and you're probably right. But don't be scare to make it yours. You have to own your looks and honestly I think I look pretty fabulous in it.
Green has become one of my favorite colors to wear along with yellow. So when I seen this sheer blouse I had to have it. This shirt was originally $2.99 but because of those beautiful black price tags I only end up paying $1.50!
P.S.- My shorts are also thrifted. My younger brother cut them and put a few rips in them to make them a little bit more edgier. They were not bought on this trip.
I am a sucker for white blouses.I probably have about 7 in my closet right now. Plus you can never go wrong with a white blouse and you can literally dress them in any way imaginable. Both blouse and trouser shorts were thrifted on this trip. I paid $3.99 for the blouse and $2.99 for the shorts. The total for this outfit only cost me about $7!! ((Vans not included))
The great thing about clothing is that it’s fairly easy to alter. You can take things in, chop things to make them shorter or even change a garment into something else entirely. So when thrifting it is a MUST that you have a open mind and that you think outside of the box.
Ready? Set. THRIFT!!
Now it's your turn to get out there and find your many treasures at your local thrift store. Be sure to tag me on Instagram at @mommyandministry. I want to see all of your amazing finds!! Happy Thrifting, Friends!
All pictures were taken by Matthew Peeks from @PeeksPhotography