Give Yourself Time
Any form of preloved shopping requires time because there is so much to see, and everything is one of a kind. Give yourself time to properly go through each rack and display especially if you are looking for something specific. Earlier in the day is always best to score some fantastic gems before the store is picked over.
Start with Easy Try-Ons
Shoes and accessories are great to start with because they are the easiest to try-on, and you will have them readily available for when you are building an outfit. Pro Tip: Don't overlook the accessories wall or end racks near the mirrors. Lots of hidden gems are in those spots!
Look for Luxe
The best part about shopping for preloved goodies is finding those designer labels or luxe textiles for less. Get to know your fabrics so you can distinguish between fast fashion brands and high-end brands just by touch. Not sure if the textile is right for you? Look for the fabric tag and see what goes into garment care.
Quality Textiles + Care = Longevity of the Garment
Wash Before Wear
The most important thrifting tip is to wash or clean all purchases before putting them on your body. Aside from being tried-on or dropped on the floor, the previous wash might have been in a detergent that could irritate your skin. Some items might need to be dry cleaned so it's important to factor that into your budget before purchasing as well.
Customize for You
See a piece you love, but it doesn't quite fit? Take it to a tailor! Alterations can be a simple way to make a preloved piece feel like couture without breaking the bank. Most alterations range between $10-$70 depending on the item, but the cost is worth it when the garment fits like a glove!