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5 Tips For Becoming A Thrifting Pro!

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE finding amazing deals from secondhand stores ― there is nothing better! I especially love having shopping trips to Plato’s Closet because every time I go they always have different pieces and new opportunities to score some deals!


I’ve done my fair share of thrifting and I’ve come up with a few tips, tricks and secrets of how to find the best deals and get the most bang for your buck! Let’s get into it!

Tip #1 - Master the “Scan”
Looking through racks and racks of clothing can be daunting if you don’t know what to look for. If you know what kind of fabric, texture or color you’re looking for, scan the racks as you go to spot the pieces you are interested in or what catches your eye. Practice makes perfect to master the art of “the thrifting scan” ;)

Tip #2 - Like it or Love it?
Going to secondhand stores is perfect for finding unique pieces, but it also means there aren’t replicates of every piece in each size. If you don’t 100% love the piece and don’t think you will genuinely wear it on a weekly basis, save your money. Sometimes I’ll find great unique pieces but they don’t fit my body type or aren't the right size, even if it might be a great steal, it isn’t worth the change and space in your closet.

Tip #3 - Watch For Discount Days
Depending on the Plato’s Closet location that is nearest to you, they will probably have an email newsletter or an Instagram page that you can follow to stay notified about their sales! Keep your eye out for any special events or holiday deals! The Plato’s Closet nearest to me has an awesome active Instagram page and they post pieces for sale all the time which is super helpful!

Tip #4 - Always Inspect The Pieces First
The #1 rule to thrifting is to always check the clothing pieces for stains, rips or any other defects to your clothing pieces. Sometimes the staff might miss small details so it’s always good to go through a quick scan of your items!

Tip #5 - Sell Before You Buy!
Wanting to have a little extra spending money on new clothes? Bring in some of your clothes you don’t wear anymore or that don’t fit and sell them to Plato’s Closet! They take gently used clothes, shoes and accessories and the extra spending money doesn't hurt either!

I hope you found this helpful and are ready to begin your journey of becoming a thrifting pro ;)

Thanks for reading!

Blog By: Taiya Maddison | @taiyamaddison

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