March 19 2016

The Art of The Thrift by Allison Kelley

About 95% of my clothes are from thrift shops or clearance racks. I will not pay retail unless I absolutely have to. Because my style doesn’t look thrifted, the most frequently asked question I get is “How do you do that? I go to thrift shops and never find anything!”
That being said, I’ve come up with 5 simple tips to train you on the art of the thrift, young grasshopper 🙂

 Go frequently

This is the most important thing. Thrift shops refill their racks everyday. You never know what you are going to find!

download-12. Be Patient

Sift through everything. Thrifting is a treasure hunt. I have walked out of shops many times empty handed.

giphy-13. Don’t look at sizes.

Just don’t. Trust me. If it looks like it MIGHT fit, just try it on. Sizes vary by the time they were made and where they come from. For example: I wear a size 2 at the Gap and a size 8 at H&M. The letters and numbers on tags mean nothing to you.

gossip-girl-clothes-gif4. Try EVERYTHING on

This gives you the opportunity to see what your body looks good in (or looks terrible in). You can also look for holes, stains, and imperfections while the garment is on your body. It’s all about trial and error! This makes the process easier when you learn what looks good on your body.

try-gif5. Try new things!

If its quirky and you never thought you’d ever wear it but you totally dig it, try it. Because, why not? (Says my plaid maxi skirt and metallic pointed toe sneakers!)
I hope you find these tips to be helpful on your next adventure. May the thrift shopping odds be ever in your favor!



About Allison Kelley

Hello! My name is Allison and I am a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a degree in a communication and a minor in creative writing. I am originally from Rockford, IL (home of the sock monkey and Cheap Trick!) I am addicted to coffee and thrift shopping. In my free time, you can find me painting, writing poetry or reading inspirational quotes on Pinterest. I believe in the power of creating yourself every day. "If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist?"

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