How to Find Fantastic Men’s Clothing Quickly at Any Thrift Store
What is Thrift Shopping
Simply put, thrift shopping is finding great sh*t at an epic deal. But more “Webster-y” – “a store selling secondhand clothes and other household goods, typically to raise funds for a charitable institution.” So that means you get a wicked deal and can feel good about yourself. Win-win!
So on top of the facts, you never know what you’re going to get! I’ve purchased vintage pieces of Vuarnet, new Ted Baker shirts, and yes… fur… it was an interesting time in my life… don’t judge me.
But all of these things, the Vuarnet tank top for example, which is, by the way, making a huge comeback, ask Canadian retailer “Simon’s” where these tanks are going for over $100! I picked mine up for less that $10. Another steal was the Ted Baker shirt I snatched up that typically goes for $130+ where I paid $8. How do I find these pieces? Or the Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses I bought, the Alexander McQueen Blazer, or yes, the fur piece? By doing the following:
The Secrets to Getting the Best Pieces at the Best Deal
So the reason I hear most people say they don’t like thrift shopping is… well… the thought of wearing something someone died in… which is a very REAL possibility, or the smell of the thrift store, or worse yet… the thought of being seen wearing the piece someone donated… in that order… my friends are messed up.
But if you can get your mind past the bedbugs and ill-odorous environment, you’ll be swimming in pre-loved luxury. I’m really selling it aren’t I?
Tackling the Racks
First you have to know what you’re after. I skip this step because personally I have an understanding of potential (yes I’m bragging)… but for the average shopper, pick one theme and go in hard (Archer… phrasing… anyone? K moving on). So your choice is, let’s say, button downs a.k.a. “shirts with a collar,” then let this be your only focus for your thrift shopping trip. Keep it narrow and you ensure success. Why? Because when people gloss over any store in a sweeping generalized manner, they miss the gems. Like, glaciers are made of soft snow and can fall apart at any moment… but when you look closely at a glacier, or touch it, it’s in fact tough as steel. Point is, giving an overview of a thrift shop is, to many, assessing your chances at a bar. There are many women.. or men… therefore, you have good odds… we know that this is inaccurate. Not because of you, because of your potential inability to properly assess situations. So…
Life is full of priorities if you simply grasp them! So do that. Try to handle each garment in your chosen category with focus. You don’t have to pull it out but you do have to flip though it. By simply moving the hanger with the shirt on it, it will show you the structure of the collar, the weight of the fabric, the front and back, and…, when you get good, its MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) value. This also works for jeans, sweaters, coats, pants, and everything else.
You’re a Saint!
Finally a win for the environment! Thrift shopping is good for the environment cause it keeps these perfectly good clothes out of the dumpster.
This is all for part 1 as I know most of my readers only stay on my site for 2 minutes and 2 seconds so check back soon for more in depth thrift shopping tips including:
Insider shopping tips like, how to spot good fabric, assessing hanger appeal, tips on deciding what to try on and finally, how to avoid getting bedbugs!
Tell me in the comments below about the coolest find or biggest savings you picked up while thrift store shopping.
Photos by Justin Erickson