3 Ways to Make the Most of National Thrift Shop Day
Here are our top tips to get you started on your very own thrifting adventure.
Come National Thrift Shop Day, on August 17, the world will be celebrating what fashion insiders have always known: Value Village is a bona fide style destination. Making the switch to sustainable shopping here comes with endless sartorial perks: the treasure trove of a pre-loved, high quality and well crafted finds, everyday staples and unexpected finds lets you express yourself without limits. Plus, nothing compares to the thrill of the hunt and scoring that one-of-a-kind piece that regularly elicits a wide-eyed “Where’s that from?” Here are our top tips to get you started on your very own thrifting adventure.
Thrift with an Open Mind
If you think about your most-compliment-drawing closet pieces, they’re often the ones that were discovered on a whim, likely because you weren’t looking for them. Thrift shopping is the same game. “If you go in with one specific item in your sights, you’re limiting yourself [because you won’t be open] to the endless fashionable items at your disposal that you may not have thought of to begin with,” says Montreal-based CAFA stylist of the year, Cary Tauben. In other words, let that unicorn piece find you. Maybe you have your mind set on uncovering a menswear-inspired blazer, but your next Value Village trip might yield the dreamiest Kate Moss-esque slip dress right when you don’t expect it.
Refine Your Search
We’ll admit it: Scouring endless racks of clothing in search of that prize piece can be a daunting task when you’re a thrifting newbie. It’s why the search for a perfectly buttercream silk blouse or a don’t-make-it-like-they-used-to suede skirt should start with your sense of touch. By taking this seldom-used sensorial approach, you can quickly narrow down potential options and get to the changeroom in a snap.
Turn to a Tailor
The golden rule of thrifting? Don’t pass on a total gem just because it isn’t the perfect fit. Whether it’s a hem or an ’80s-era drop shoulder that desperately requires a modern lift, “Alter the item to make it work for you,” offers Tauben. Simple (read “inexpensive”) tweaks can completely transform a vintage find, and since you’re already scoring a major deal, allocating some of those savings towards a quick fix is no sweat.
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Credit: Value Village x Cary Tauben Collection