Finding good thrift shop clothes is all about patience and observation. Take your time picking through the racks and looking over attractive items.
- Browse high-end department stores
Observe clothing in high-end department stores. Notice the style, material and quality favored by designers. Compare the new high-end merchandise with the second-hand clothing in thrift shops. Filter out the low-quality pieces, and buy the designer-quality clothing.
- Bring your thrift shop finds to a tailor
Do not pass up a high-quality jacket because it is too big or a lined skirt because it is too long. If you wear the clothing often, it is well worth the tailoring fee. For even more savings, hem or dart the clothing yourself.
- Shop on re-stocking days
Inquire when the thrift store displays new inventory. Shop early to find the best selection.
- Choose wisely
Think twice about purchasing items that cannot be disinfected before wearing. Inspect hats for lice before trying them on. Check shoes for stained insoles or wear.
- Inspect clothing systematically
Check the item for stains. Then check for wear, loose stitching, missing buttons and broken zippers. Look for one defect at a time and avoid buying a damaged item.
- Think funky and basic
Search the racks for unique and staple items. Add to your funky going-out wardrobe or basic business attire.