Thrift stores are great places to find budget-friendly clothing pieces, but can be overwhelming. We’re sharing tips + insights on what to look for before purchasing to make sure you go home with a great item.
On Instagram I shared a little snap of an amazing button down. As promised, I’m sharing the details of the under $20 outfit:
Tie Trousers: $15 at TJ Maxx
Lands’ End Button Down: $5 found at a thrift store
(this sounds like a credit card commercial…just go with it.)
Whoa, whoa, WhOA! $5 for a killer button down? Yes, you read that right. An amazing thrift find.
However, I can’t take credit for the find. Some of you may or may not know The Mighty Jane. The Mighty Jane is my mom and she is truly mighty. She’s a costumer, choreographer, one of the best Jazzercise instructors and the creator of all things delicious. I find myself thinking, “Is there anything she CAN’T do?” She can’t install a printer, but other than that she pretty much owns everything she does.
“If you see something you like… Buy it! If you don’t, there’s a 95% chance it will not be there the next time you come in.”
– The Mighty Jane
One of her hidden talents is the ability to score great items at thrift stores. I’m not kidding, she is like a MAGNET. She was kind enough to share some of her tips with us today! Without further adieu, I present The Mighty Jane’s Guide to Thirfting (Clothing Edition). If you like thrifting furniture, don’t worry. MJ has you covered in a future episode.
The Mighty Jane’s Guide to Thirfting (Clothing Edition)
-When buying clothing look for wear at the neck, at the elbows and at the cuffs.
-Make sure all the buttons are there, that zippers & snaps work, and that there are no holes or stains on the item.
-Many times you will find clothing that has never been worn & has original sale tags on it. You should still check for stains.
-Bring a tape measurer (she stands by this one). Vintage clothing is sized differently than today’s sizes. A chest, waist and hip measurement will help you decide if a piece of clothing is likely to fit if there is no fitting room.
-Reinvent a piece. Don’t be afraid to cut jeans to make shorts. Get creative!
Want to hear more from The Mighty Jane? Let us know! From style to theater auditions, she has some serious insight. Good luck thrifting + please, please, PUHHHH-LEASE share your finds!