15 Jul Swift Thrifting…
Howdy! I am still astonished at how I got this gorgeous,crispy faux fur vest at a secondhand market. It’s a great fit for this dull weather, and a must have I have been hunting for ages now.
As opposed to the belief that you need loads of cash to look good, I believe that quality,value and uniqueness over cost can’t be compromised. My outfit today is a great example. My white cropped top and faux fur vest only cost me ksh.250 each. My baggy,ripped jeans are from a previous sale at Mr.Price and cost me ksh.500 and lastly my ngomas are only ksh.300 from Bata. Yes! Unbelievable!
With that in mind, I wanted to share my top thrifting tips that I use to purchase great items:
Ball on a budget:
Personally, impulse shopping is my biggest problem, hence it tops my list. Everything looks so nice and pretty and I sometimes end up overspending and regretting much later. I now opt to go shopping with an exact amount within my limit and have exactly what I want in mind. The joy of delayed gratification trumps the sadness that comes with being overstretched.
It’s no secret that the biggest judgments are based on first impressions and perceptions. This applies greatly in thrift shopping. The more expensive you look the more pricey the bill gets. I suggest jeans or sweat pants and a plain T-shirt. Simple, comfortable and you can try on outfits way easier. On that note, be careful about what comes into direct contact with your skin. A while back I heard a horrific story about how a friend of mine got a nasty yeast infection on his foot after trying on sneakers with no socks on. Yikes!
Check and double check:
I always make sure each item I buy is in great shape, from the buttons,zippers, color to the finishing. There is nothing more disappointing than getting home after a quick,cheap, late evening buy only to find tears, missing buttons, broken zippers or worst of all irremovable stains. It can put a damper on the excitement of buying something new.
Do a little research on the second hand store or market:
I find it a little frustrating going to a market that’s new to me. I end up spending way too much time trying to find my way and going through piles and piles of clothes. I prefer going with a friend or two, who are familiar with the place to make my trip more fun, rewarding and less exhausting. Personally, I love knowing what items are best at each store, so that I spend the shortest time especially during last minute shopping.
I hope my tips come in handy for your next thrifting trip.
Cropped top and faux fur vest – Adams(toi) market
Ripped jeans – Mr.price
Shoes – Bata
Stay Saucy 🙂