How to have a (primarily) thrifted closet
Over the past few years, I've gotten into thrifting. I mean like... really into it. Something about the hunt, the price, and unique treasures kept me coming back. After years of learning how to thrift well, my closet is about 80% secondhand goodies.
Before we jump in, why should you thrift anyway? You're saving money, supporting a low-waste lifestyle, reducing chemical pollution, and gaining a unique personal style. The decision to buy secondhand will make an impact on both you and the environment in the long run.
Let’s talk about some of my tried-and-true tips for your secondhand closet:
Buy one, give one
For every piece of clothing you bring in, let one go. This can be hard at first, but it's necessary for making room for your new thrifted items. If you purchase a new dress, look through your closet for a dress that you no longer reach for.
You can either donate your piece, or try to sell it on Poshmark. I have made extra cash by selling clothes and shoes that are still in good condition but no longer my style.
Let's be clear on something: You won't be finding this years Urban Outfitters line at your local goodwill. Although, it can be extremely tempting to buy items simply because they are cheap.
When I first started thrifting, I bought SO many clothes because of the price and they sat untouched in my closet. If you take time to search the store and come back often, you will find something you love. If it wouldn't catch your eye in a retail store, don't waste your money on it.
The four season rule
If you've gone through summer, fall, winter, and spring and you haven't worn something, chances are you won't ever wear it. That dress or pair of shoes will sit in your closet for another year and collect dust.
Before you head out for your next thrift haul, go through your entire closet and get rid of items that haven't been worn in a year. Your future thrifted closet will thank you.
Just don't look elsewhere
Let's be honest, we're all conditioned to walk straight to the sweater section in target when we only came for groceries. Giving up this habit is one of the hardest parts of having a thrifted closet, but it will help you the most.
If you don't look at retail stores, you won't be tempted to spend your money on a $30 sweater or a new pair of shoes. When I chose to stop looking at retail stores, I began to really enjoy the hunt at thrift stores. Out of sight, out of mind!
One of the biggest challenges I hear about thrift stores is this: The endless racks of disorganized clothing are too overwhelming to sift through. After 10 minutes, you are disoriented and have no idea why you've looked at the same Coke-a-Cola tee shirt 4 times.
If walking into a big thrift store overwhelms you, try limiting what you look at. If you're on the hunt for a black tee, reduce your search to the shirt section. Eventually, you'll feel confident enough to look through the shirts and the dresses. I like to call this your "thrifting endurance." :)
I hope you gained some ideas for finding your new closet. Happy thrifting!