Autumn Red // Secondhand Shopping
Hello all! Tonight, I have a two-fold post to share with you. First, I would like to show you one of my newest clothing items. Next, I have some reader-inspired content per Tabitha's idea (thanks!), in which I will be sharing tips for buying clothing secondhand. I look forward to continuing to implement my reader's post ideas.
Bright red isn't a color that I typically wear large amounts of, but this short-sleeved jacket has become an exception. Its classy cut and cute details make it a welcome addition to my closet. Today, I paired it with my black pants for work and layered with a black henley shirt. A leather bracelet and a sparkly bracelet were layered to add a bit of personality. Finally, I tucked my pants into brown riding-style boots, giving the outfit a classic look.
Outfit Details: Jacket ~ Consignment Store; Shirt ~ Borrowed from Mom; Pants ~ Forever21
Leather/Ribbon Bracelet ~ Made by Mom; Beaded Bracelet ~ Gift; Boots ~ Ross
Tips for Secondhand Shopping
-Know the Difference and Shop Accordingly
There are two common kinds of second-hand stores that sell clothing. First, there are thrift stores (or charity shops). Thrift stores take donations from the community and a part of the profit goes to help a charitable organization. Second, there are consignment stores. Here, those who contribute items will either receive part of the proceeds or get store credit. Usually, consignment stores have a higher standard quality, and higher prices.
-Learn the Lay of the Land
Not all second-hand stores organize the same way. Be prepared to filter by the color or type of clothing, then by size. If you are a specific size, you will most likely hunt for it in "S", "M", "L" or "Plus" areas.
-Don't Be Daunted By Dirt
To be honest, some stores just feel a little bit gross, even if the clothing has been laundered. Sometimes it's hard to put your finger on just why, while other times it's obvious. Do not let this deter you from finding hidden treasure! Just be prepared to wash what you buy, which is a good habit to be in no matter what the store's atmosphere.
-Don't Buy Everything Just Because It's Inexpensive
Closets get full quite easily! Even if you are overwhelmed by low prices, don't be tempted to run off with half the store. Do your wallet and your wardrobe a favor by buying only things that you really like or need.
-When in Doubt, Ask About Dressing Rooms
As with other stores, some secondhand stores require an employee to open a dressing-room for you, and also may have an item limit. It doesn't hurt to ask if there is an available room when you aren't sure whether you can walk in or not. One particular store that I visit when out of town has employees who ask if customers would like them to take their items and start a room for them while they shop.
I hope these tips help!
Would you add anything to the list?
There is desirable treasure,
And oil in the dwelling of the wise,
But a foolish man squanders it.
He who follows righteousness and mercy
Finds life, righteousness, and honor.