For those of you who saw Friday's Quick Takes, this link up comes as no surprise. To take part, all you have to do is write a post with your best thrifting tip or trick. Include or don't include an outfit photo; it is completely up to you. Then, link up below to join the fun!
I'll go first... I had a difficult time choosing a tip to share with you, but I finally settled on one that I think is the foundation for all the rest. Are you read for this jewel of wisdom? Do not purchase an item from the thrift store if it does not please you 100%.
And there you have it. But I will elaborate. Because I always do. If an item is worn out and cannot be fixed do not buy it. Check pant hems and cuffs for fraying. Look for spots, pilling, fading, and stains, especially inside the collar, down the front, and in the armpit areas. If an item almost fits, do not buy it (unless you can and will make whatever adjustments it needs). If an item leaves you with a "blah, it's okay," kind of feeling, do not buy it. If an item is about to go home with you only because you feel like you can't leave empty handed because then your shopping trip was pointless and because then you have proof (in a negative sense) that your afternoon was wasted..... Don't buy it! And one more clarification about the above statement. If you are 100% pleased with something, but it scares you just a little bit because it is outside your comfort zone, buy it!
And for the outfit details. If you read the aforementioned Quick Takes you will already know that I have been contemplating whether or not to include more details about each outfit. Since readers either said that they preferred more info or were neutral, I will oblige. Jeans: Old Navy // Merino black cowl: Banana Republic thrifted // Navy long cardigan: Eddie Bauer "thrifted" from a friend's "about to go to Goodwill" bag // Belt: 7 Hills from Piperlime // Boots: Fugu Malibu from Piperlime // Watch: Citizen Eco Drive (gift) // Pearl stud earrings (gift).