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If you’re hitting up the thrift store today for #nationalthriftstoreday, here are a few pointers to help make the most of your experience. Let's be real, thrift shopping is not for the faint. I want to ease your mind a bit with some basic thrift knowledge before you head out. 

Give Back.
Before you actually decide to make a trip to the thrift store, consider those clothes you haven’t worn in the last five months. They could easily be another woman's treasure! Find local thrift stores that give actually back to a cause your passionate about support. Goodwill and the Salvation Army and Saint. Vincent dePaul all have notable causes. I'm personally passionate about economic development for single mothers. My thrift inStyle events help me raise funds to support organizations in DFW to provide clothing and other donations to usher in self sufficiency. Donations are currently not nonexempt but we are working to make the most of your contribution.

Know what you need.
 It pays to keep a running list of things you need or want. Once you’ve cleaned out your closet you should clearly be able to distinguish your needs and wants. Anything you’ve worn once normally is a sign you probably won’t wear it again. Frugal Tip: You should get the most out of your wardrobe by mixing and matching items as often as possible. Style Tip: Try looking for trendy pieces and items that fit your personality.

Map out your area.
Thrift stores tend to cluster together in areas with high traffic and low rent. Before you make a day of visiting all the shops in your area, check out this directory thethriftshopper.com. Since each of the major charities that runs thrift stores tends to appeal to a different kind of donor, each store will have a slightly different kind of stock, so catch one of our tours to check out the best places to return.

Know the specials.
Many thrift stores run different kinds of specials, often offering discounts of 50%, 75%, or even more off their regular daily prices. In my area, one chain takes 50% off anything with a different color tag every week. Best way to stay on top of specials is to become a VIP member if they have a mailing list. You'll  soon be able to get exclusive emails with local thrift store specials via my mailing list! 

Don’t feel bad if you leave empty handed.
 It’s completely normal not to leave with anything your first time. Leaving emptiness means you probably saved yourself from buyer remorse. Every thrift store is different so if you are really interested in pursuing the racks try again with another store. We will have a running list of places we’ve toured and what was we thought were often found items. Stay connected!

My one on one thrift tours and style events educate & encourage you to style confidently & budget-consciously!  

Let's go thrifting: Schedule your trip with me & take $25 off your 1st session! 
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