5 Tips to Get the Most From Vintage and Thrift Store Shopping

What are your thoughts on thrift and vintage shopping? Do you love it, hate it, or not have any luck? I used to be into vintage and thrift shopping a few years ago and though I haven’t done it much recently, getting my hands on this vintage Ozzy Osbourne concert tee had me thinking about it and I wanted to share some shopping tips from my experience. Keep reading for my top 5 tips on how to get the most out of vintage and thrift shopping.

1. Shop in the Suburbs

If you live in a big city like I do, oftentimes your neighborhood vintage and thrift stores are overrun with other shoppers like yourself looking to score finds. Go to the outskirts of your city or to nearby suburbs for a wider selection.

2. Go Often

Thrift and vintage shopping requires time and patience. You can’t just walk in, grab your item, and go. You also can’t just give up because you didn’t have much luck in one experience. Find the stores you know have merch you’d like and visit them often as stock is always changing.

3. Learn Some Sewing Basics

You find a top you love but it’s missing a button. You find a great pair of pants but they’re too long. Knowing some sewing basics like how to sew on a button or hem a pair of pants will greatly increase your ability to find pieces you love because you’ll be able to tweak them a bit. Both of the examples I mentioned above can be done with a needle and thread by hand, no machine required. Learn these basics and they will serve you well in the long run.

4. Find Out When The Store Brings In New Pieces

Every store has a different schedule for when they put new items on the sales floor. With each piece being one of one, it’s important to be among the first to see it. Ask stores when they put new merchandise out and you’ll know when the best time to shop is.

5. Haggle for Lightly Damaged Items

You remember that top I mentioned with the missing button in #3? You shouldn’t be buying it at the ticketed price. If a garment has a small, fixable problem like a missing button, hole in the underarm, even a broken zipper, it’s grounds for negotiation. Show the store the damage and ask them to mark it down for you. You’ll be surprised how much more you can save that way.

So there you have it! Master these 5 tips and I’m positive your success rate for vintage and thrift shopping will improve. Hope I helped you out! Check out the below photos to see how I styled my own recent vintage find.



Photography by Cindy Fung

Vintage Ozzy Osbourne tee shirt
Jeans by Fidelity Denim
Sneakers by Nike
Choker by Aldo

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