Sunday, September 4, 2016

Thrift City 1 : Thrift Tips

Thrift Tips:
A guide to a smart successful thrift.

Thrifting is quickly becoming the mainstream when it comes to discovering something old and turning it into something unique and funky.  Today's post covers the basics, from learning the trade jargon to a field guide on various materials to the biggest question when shopping.  Here we go!

Learn the Lingo:
These few terms will help turn you into a vintage pro! 

Dead stock- Finding a dead stock piece in a local thrift is like striking vintage gold.  For an item to be dead stock means that a store either closed or went out of business before the item was sold.  So finding a dead stock item is finding a brand new item that's never left the store other than when it was bought by the thrift store or seller.
NWT- “New with tags”, Similar to dead stock the only difference being that the item was bought by someone but never worn.  This is most commonly used in online thrifting, on websites such as Poshmark, EBay, or Etsy to name a few.
Upcycle- Upcycling is taking something old and turning it into something new and improved.  Such as distressing an old pair of jeans or reupholstering a chair.

Fabric and Quality:
Whether thrifting or shopping at the mall knowing what you're buying can make all the difference!

Cotton-  No matter the item cotton is the most reliable when it comes to fabric.  It's generally machine washable and holds up great over time.

Acrylic- This is the material to look out for when buying clothing.  Acrylic is commonly found in sweaters or knitted materials.  Be very very careful when buying anything made from acrylic because it will most likely pill or fall about in the washing machine.  The best way to keep an acrylic item looking nice is to follow the care instructions on the inside tag!

Polyester- Polyester fabric is very durable and often contains a nice stretch to it.  But you can often find that you are more prone to sweating in a polyester shirt rather than a cotton one.

Wool- Wool is a very expensive material that needs to be looked after with much care.  Always follow the care instructions when it comes to washing wool. In addition to being difficult to care for wool also stains very easily and does not respond well to bleaching.

Is it worth it?

This is the very most important thing to ask yourself when thrift shopping.  Is the item unique enough to spend your money on, will you actually wear it in your day to day life?  It's not enough to own something cool and trendy for it to sit in your closet forever.  Think of every item you thrift as a commitment, do you have something to wear with that item?  Or do you already own something very similar?  Whether it's a low end thrift for $5.00 or a vintage designer piece for $50.00 always make sure that the piece you're buying is worth it to you!

*This guest post was created by Lauren Rodgers