In this day in age, one cannot afford turn up their nose at money-saving opportunities. Shopping for gently used clothing at your local thrift store can actually save you a ton of money, especially if you have a large family. However, there are certain things that you need to look for when buying used clothing as you don’t want to end up throwing good money after bad. Read on and I will show you how to shop for quality used clothing at your local thrift store.
Does It Have A Clothing Label?
You will occasionally come across clothing were the label is either partially or entirely missing. The main reason why clothing labels are so important is that it tells you how launder the garment. Making a guess as to how to wash an item would be a big mistake and can potentially ruin your clothing. So as tempting as it might be to buy that adorable blouse with a missing label, you would be well advised to pass it up and continue your search for something else. Further, be sure to look at the labels closely because their condition will tell you a lot about a particular piece of clothing. For instance, if the label looks well worn or faded then chances are that the item has been worn and washed numerous times. While it isn’t always necessary to pass these items up, you should definitely examine them thoroughly to see if they are worth purchasing.
Check The Material
Does the material look worn in places? If so, then obviously it would not be a wise purchase. Check the bottoms of pants and dresses to see if they show wear and tear and also examine for any thinning material in the knee and backside areas of denim jeans. You’ll also want to check the sleeves and cuffs of blouses and shirts for any wear… and be sure to look at the armpit area as well. Count all buttons to make sure they are all there and don’t pass up a blouse because of a loose button as this is usually an easy repair to make. Even a loose hem can be fixed with minimal effort. Some thrift stores may pre-wash their items while others may not, but if you notice an item with stains on it then it’s generally a good rule of thumb to pass it up. Always give the garment a good once-over for holes, rips, and tears.
Dry Clean, Hand Wash, or Machine Wash?
Always read the labels before you buy! In most cases, you won’t be able to return the item and get your money back. My personal preference is to avoid items that I would have to dry clean as I don’t want to pay more for the added service of maintaining it than I did for the clothing itself. Additionally, hand wash and hang dry items are inconveniences to me. With four kids, I just don’t have the time to nitpick over laundering my clothing and I prefer items that I can easily throw in my washing machine. So, read the labels carefully and choose wisely based on your own personal preferences.
If you follow these tips then you should be able to get a lot of wear out of your purchases… and receive more value for your money. Be picky about what you buy and shop wisely as no one else but you will know where your clothing really came from. It is possible to have a wardrobe that looks like you spent a small fortune in a department store, if you know what to look for. Remember to have fun, look great, and save money!