Sunday, 8 December 2013

I'm Gonna Pop Some Tags - Thrifting with Jaime and Bel

It's safe to say that Macklemore's hit got everyone crazy for second hand threads. Or perhaps it gave it a bad rep, as a scathing satire on the youth today, with our elaborate ridiculous dress sense and tendency towards wearing the garments of pensioners. Well, I tell you what, I DO wear your grandad's clothes (those cardies are so Kurt Cobain circa 1991) and I DO look incredible. But seriously, 'thrifting' or 'charity shopping' as it's perhaps better known in Blighty has always been a massive part of my life. My family and I were always the first down at the local car boot sale every Sunday, where we would split up and collate back together an hour later dazed under the weight of bargain after bargain. So it was lovely to stumble across the wonderful Jaime's blog Hard Crimson. Let me tell you, this girl is a seasoned thrifter, and you'll love reading about her adventures at the flea markets or yard sales over in her home across the Pond. She also has a fantastic sense of style, exemplified by her regular outfit posting. Jaime's blog is genuinely one of my favourites, so I'm thrilled to be collaborating with her to bring you some of her fantastic top tips on how to find the best thrifted pieces, because after all, who wants to spend $50 on a t-shirt (okay, I promise I'll stop making Macklemore references now...sort of promise).

Anyway, here are Jaime's top tips for thrifting! Alongside it, we've created some outfits based predominantly on second hand pieces, so as to show you how to put your new found thrifting know how into action.

Hard Crimson’s Thrifting Tips

1. Scope the place out.
Whether you’re going to a charity shop or a vintage boutique, it’s always great to know where everything is located. Ask an employee or take a look yourself so you have a good idea of the layout of the place before hand, or even when you first arrive. This will give you more time to shop!

2. Have an idea of what you want.
Looking at racks and racks of potential treasures can be seriously intimidating. Choose a color, print, or style of clothing you’re interested in and keep your eyes open for it. This makes finding great pieces less of a hassle and helps narrow your search.

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Outfit is all thrifted apart from the socks, which are from Topshop.

3. That being said, don’t limit yourself!
I’ve found some of my favorite items of clothing after seeing them on the rack and bursting out in laughter because I thought they were so weird looking. Trying on ridiculous stuff is a good way to push yourself out of your style comfort zone and maybe even find a new great look. And if it’s just as horrible on you as it was on the hanger? At least you can get a good laugh out of it.

4. Be realistic and budget.
It’s easy to go crazy in a thrift shop because the prices are so low, but I’ve spent more money second-hand shopping than I would have in retail stores because everything is so cheap! This can lead to impulse buying and shopper’s regret. Make sure you’re going to use whatever you purchase.

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Jaime's outfit is entirely thrifted! Those Cowboy boots were such a find!

5. Go with a friend.
Sometimes the best way to get the most out of a day of thrifting is to bring a friend with you. A second pair of eyes is always handy, and it’s great to get a different perspective from your own when you’re trying stuff on. 

6. Know when to call it a day.
Even if you have a game plan, know the store’s layout, and bring a friend, thrifting can get overwhelming really quickly, especially on sale days. If you’re not having fun and want to quit, do so. You might miss a few deals, but if you aren’t having fun, it’s not worth it. Having a good time is your main objective!

Hope you enjoyed reading Jaime's divine thrifting wisdom! Thanks so much to her for being my first guest on this blog!

Do you guys have any other tips for thrifting or second hand shopping?

Thanks for reading! Belphoebe x
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  1. Excellent words of wisdom! My tip would be make friends with the sellers - at car boot sales it's easy to get discounts from people who take a liking to you and in my local charity shops they know to keep anything sequinned off the shop floor for my weekly visits! XX

  2. I'm so thrilled with this, it's fantastic!!!! Ah, thanks so much for everything, Bel!

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