Want to get a head start on next season’s biggest fads without breaking the bank? It’s time to find the vintage scene in your neighborhood.
“You never know what you’re going to run into at thrift stores, unlike department stores,” said Jonathan Ochart, a senior at the University of Texas – Austin majoring in magazine journalism.
Thrift stores have a sliver of nearly every fashion trend, often color-coded and organized to make the thrifting nearly as simple as shopping in department stores. And with thrift shopping, you can uniquely craft your wardrobe with hand-me-down treasures.
Of course, it’s important to shop smart — inspect clothing items before purchasing them and always wash history’s gems before making them today’s fashion statement.
These are five reasons to Google thrift shops in your area:
1. Even rappers thrift: On the superhit Thrift Shop by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, rapper Macklemore boasts about spending $20 for his club attire, a fad mostly unfamiliar to the hip-hop scene. Macklemore flaunts his finest thrift-shop treasures that complement his lavish style on a budget. Now the No. 1 song on iTunes, Thrift Shop is making cost-conscious shopping trendy.
2. Be an original: “Shopping isn’t that fun when you see someone in the dressing room with the same shirt you have on,” said Michelle Blanchard, manager of Ragalicious, a vintage store in Austin. In thrift shops, everything is essentially limited edition, meaning no two items are the same. The merchandise consists of used bits and pieces, so frequent thrift shoppers find exclusive wardrobe additions. Unlike department stores, which stuff racks with the same clothing nationwide, thrift shops always have authentic pieces.
3. Save some cash: “I like to shop, but money is tight and I’m a college student,” said Allyson Gordon, a UT–Austin senior majoring in advertising. Finding a $35 Louis Vuitton handbag with a retail value of up to $1,000 or more piqued Gordon’s interest in thrift shopping. As a college student on a budget, thrifting allows Gordon an opportunity to have the finer things without the high price tag.
4. Recycle, reuse: “It’s cool because each item has a story,” Ochart said. “We’re in a world of recycling, so why not recycle history?”
The trends of today are based off of trends past. Studs, a popular ’80s trend, made an appearance yet again as a 2012 trend. Save the planet and invest in a worn item with travel miles.
5. Save even more cash: “Take advantage of thrift stores’ special social media discounts,” Blanchard suggested. While thrift stores inherently offer cheaper prices than any department store, many shops, including Ragalicious, offer additional deals. Thrift Town, which has locations nationwide, has color-coded discounts daily.
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