I will tell you right now! Until recently I have had an aversion to thrift shopping. Why you ask? Because I could not think past the fact that someone else had worn the garment and that the garment was “soiled”…which is silly I know, but it has always been how I thought of thrift stores/2nd hand. Until I realized that I shopped for used product on eBay and Consignment shops all the time, once that reality sprung upon me, I was able to focus on the reality that people throw away/donate great product all the time. The Key: You just have to weed out the product that was well taken care of or barely worn.
It was until recently that I decided to forget my weird aversion towards 2nd hand and just suck it up . Main reason behind this? Having a blog like this makes sure that you are always current …Repli-Kating is always easier when you are able to purchase the top for $2.50 instead of $250 on eBay….I think we can all appreciate this.
RULE FOR SHOPPING AT THE THRIFT STORE/CONSIGNMENT STORE:
1. You must make a list of the items you are okay finding that aren’t EXACTLY the same as Kate’s OR are complimentary wardrobe pieces (i.e.: belts, blazers, skirts, basic wool coats, scarfs, etc) If you don’t have items in mind you will definitely wander aimlessly throughout the store.
2. Research your 2nd Hand stores, know which ones are more than likely to contain well preserved product instead of sweat stained t-shirts and circa 1984 wedding dresses.
3. Know your Brands!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. Some people will argue that brand names do not matter, well I am sorry to say that, YES they do! Why? it’s the material you are after. Wool has a difficult time getting dirty and is easily dry cleaned. Silk is a high quality material the lays properly on the body. I cannot reiterate how important tailoring and the cut of the garments are! If you want to look like a million dollars you will have to work at it and do your research ;)
4. When you get home make sure you have Dryel on hand. If the item is Dry-Cleanable make sure you have your Dryel sheet s available to clean the product once you get home….you want to make sure your Repli-Kates are smelling fresh and new! (if the product is very delicate, I recommend taking it to a Dry Cleaner)
5. Have imagination! Some pieces you find are dated BUT just need a little tailoring and re-structure….SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO FIND THE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH ;)
6. Focus on items you can easily accessorize with or use multiple ways (this can apply to regular shopping sprees as well ;))