Outfit Details Obey Hat - $7 (Buffalo Exchange) Ralph Lauren pullover $5 ( Goodwill) Forever 21 Pants – $9 (Clothes Mentor) Steve Madden Shoes - $15 (Buffalo Exchange)

Outfit Details
Obey Hat - $7 (Buffalo Exchange)
Ralph Lauren pullover $5 ( Goodwill)
Forever 21 Pants – $9 (Clothes Mentor)
Steve Madden Shoes - $15 (Buffalo Exchange)

These days of being out on your own can definitely become stressful when it seems like all you do is pay bills. However, being an adult doesn’t mean you have to stop being the trendsetter that you are deep down inside. Instead, you have to become creative with your wardrobe and make your neighborhood thrift store your new best friend. While some may look down on “thrifting”, and be grossed out by the idea of wearing another person’s clothes, I see it as an opportunity to find the brand names that everyone loves for practically a few dollars. And not to mention, I wash everything twice before I wear it!  The best part of thrifting is that every time you go there is always a new hidden gem waiting to be found. All you need to do is have the time, patience, and a keen eye to spot the new additions to your wardrobe from a mile away.

There are some things to keep in mind to make sure that you have a great thrifting experience. The first thing you want to do before you go is to figure out what exactly you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a specific trend or there is a look you saw online that you want to duplicate, make sure to have a few screenshots so that you can remember exactly what it is you want.  This will help keep the trend fresh on your mind and allow you to spot pieces better at a glance instead of having to touch every single thing on the rack. Next, figure out what you already have in your wardrobe that can be paired in different ways with the items you’re looking for. For example, if you are really into blazers try and find a pair of jeans, a dress and even some shorts that can be worn with the blazer. This will give you more versatility with the items you find and help cut down how much you spend to ensure you don’t go over budget.  Now, when its time to go to the store; make sure to wear something that is comfortable. I prefer to wear leggings and a tank so that I can try on clothes over what I have on.  Lastly, don’t forget to bring some hand-sanitizer so that when you leave you can remove any germs you may have encountered while on your hunt!

If you’ve never been thrifting, try it and let me know what you think! Below is a list of my favorite thrift stores / consignment shops located in the Charlotte area:

Value Village Thrift Store
Good Will
Salvation Army
Bargain Hunters Thrift Store
Clothes Mentor
Buffalo Exchange
Plato’s Closet
JT Posh
Uptown Cheapskate