How to Thrift and Score GEMS for Your Wardrobe (For People Who Don’t Thrift) + Win a $50 Gift Card

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Hey there fine folks—a few months ago I did a really fun partnership with Savers® (which might be called Unique® or Value Village™ near you) and found, get this—A GUCCI WATCH! If you’re part of my mailing list for the blog (you know, where you don’t want to miss a new post so you get a quick, cute email in your inbox when I post some newness here) you might have seen the post already, but if you haven’t check it out here.

When I shared my trip to Savers on my Instagram Story, I got a few questions about thrifting especially from people who don’t thrift at all. So I will be sharing a few tips and tricks PLUS showing you what I scored on another recent trip to my local store this summer.

I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating, one of my “rules” for your wardrobe is to shop EVERYWHERE. You NEVER know where you’re going to find your next unique statement piece. I don’t thrift nearly as often as hardcore thrifters, but I always pop in every now and then because there are fashions to be found. So here are a few of my quick thrifting tips…

Keep an open mind

So Savers/Unique Thrift/Value Village are department thrift stores so things are organized by category (housewares, women’s skirts, women’s dresses, women’s tank tops, women’s shoes, books, etc) which makes it SO much easier to shop. But part of the allure is that you never know what you might find inside so while you have your mind set on getting say a suit jacket for instance, keep an open mind to what else you might find. I didn’t have a set agenda during my last Savers trip and wound up with a GUCCI WATCH…lol.

My nephew is visiting me this summer from GA and came with me on my Savers run. He was hyped to not only see they had a book section with amazing deals, but they also had THREE books from a series he and his BFF were looking to read. SCOOOORE! (This also was great for me because I could shop in peace without him on my back asking when we’d be leaving…lol)

Be patient

You might not walk out with a gem on your first trip. It may also take you some time to browse through racks of clothing before you happen upon a must-have for your wardrobe. You also might make a trip and wind up empty-handed. But be patient! Part of the process is putting in a little leg work but the reward can literally be priceless. Plus, thousands of new items arrive daily, so it’s worth a trip.

Think outside the box

I do this even when I shop some of my favorite non-thrift retailers. Sometimes I’ll see an item and on the hanger it might look like a potato sack but it has a cool print that catches my eye. I’ll try it on and will see if a few styling tweaks can get it to transform. I did this recently with a dress that gave MAJOR Mrs. Roper from “Three’s Company” vibes but all it took was a belt and it was GOLD.

So while you’re thrifting, think about what quick and easy edits can transform an item—changing the buttons, adding a belt, layering it with another item in your wardrobe, having it hemmed, etc. I also browse Pinterest for tons of styling and outfit ideas so I can get the most out of the items I find.

And sometimes you have to think waaaay outside the box. I wasn’t hunting for any home stuff on this trip, but I still browsed the home section anyway. They had a ton of summer stuff out and guess what was waiting for me when I got there?!?! This SUPER cute picnic basket that can also double as a cute summer bag–just $5.99. Like WHO gets rid of a bag this cute!?!? I’m gonna guess whoever it was happened to have like five of these and decided they didn’t need them all…lol.

And of course you always want to make sure you properly wash and/or sanitize the items you find. On my last Savers trip I found a BUNCH of cute vintage-y earrings. I scooped them all up without hesitation…lol. I’m having a thing for statement earrings right now, but a lot of the ones I like in stores are $15-20 a pair. I got these for $2.99/3.99 each. BOOM! I got them home and made sure I sanitized them with alcohol.

So those are my quick thrifting tips especially for those very new to thrifting—let me hear from you in the comments!

Do you shop Savers, Unique, Value Village? Would you? Let me know in the comments!

$50 Gift Card Giveaway

One of you lovely people will win a $50 gift card to shop at your local Savers, Unique Thrift, Value Village! So now I want one of you to experience the thrill of the hunt! I’m giving away a $50 Savers® gift card (U.S. residents only). To enter fill out the widget below. For an extra entry, make sure you follow my Instagram and look out for my Savers® post there (turn my notifications on so you don’t miss the post).

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Savers. The opinions and text are all mine.

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Allure.com, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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4 Responses to How to Thrift and Score GEMS for Your Wardrobe (For People Who Don’t Thrift) + Win a $50 Gift Card

  1. Shantal Nicole says:

    I haven’t gone thrifting in a long time. This post is giving me inspiration! Thanks.
    By the way, you look great!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I luv your style and thrift ing

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