Thrifting|| Basic Things to Know X Styling Thrifted Pieces

Basic Rules of Thrifting, How To Thrift Better, Basics of Thrifting

Thrifting or second hand shopping (a.k.a okrika bend-down-select) is the act of purchasing new or fairly and gently used second hand items which are especially clothing items and are a lot cheaper than when bought brand new.

The act of purchasing second hand items, Thrifting has now become the new deal. It’s totally a cool stuff right now to be known for getting fab items at ridiculously low prices. It would also be safe to note that a lot of bloggers, slayers, and fashionistas do not necessarily spend a fortune on their clothes as they have come to love this art of thrifting.

Related Read: My Thrift Haul

I love thrifting because it gives me a double win moment; I get very unique pieces at very minimal prices and that is a very good deal for a girl that can ONLY comfortably spend money on food…LOL.

Alright, digging in to the topic of the day, Basic Things To Know About Thrifting.

1) I have read a lot of people give their first thrifting tip as making a list of all the items you intend to purchase in order to curb impulse buying but I’ll say this and it works for me every time; Don’t go thrift shopping when you are in need of a particular clothing item because at the end of the day, you will experience either of the three;

  • You would go home empty handed. This only happens if you are very strict with your money.
  • You would buy what you need but don’t like and you may end up wearing that item only for that occasion you bought it for and after then, you will shove it behind your wardrobe.
  • You would come back with something that was never on your list that you may (or may not) likely regret.

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Most times, we find the best of things thrifting on a day we don’t expect. The truth is that I go shopping at least once every month, not because I’m looking for a particular shirt, shoe to wear for an event… No, I just walk around the market and see if I’ll be lucky enough to find something I like. That way, I’m building my wardrobe gradually. This doesn’t stop you from having a budgeted sum of money as this would actually help keep you in check from impulse buying.

2) Observe your environment, make enquiries and get to know the little hidden corners of the market. A lot of people feel that great thrifts finds are gotten in particular market known for thrifting but this is not the case as you can score fab items at that your regular market. You don’t need to go all the way to Yaba Market in Lagos or Karimo market in Abuja for you to find great stuff. Don’t underestimate that your regular market, ask around, look around, train your ears and eyes to hear about where to get the best stuff as well as how to find the best stuff.

3) It would totally be in your favour if you get to;

  • Know the days bails would be opened (i.e the days new clothes for sale would be brought) in the market.
  • Know the days clothes would be sold out cheaper.
  • Know where exactly you’ll find the best of the second hand items (first grade) and where you’ll find the cheaper items.
  • Know the time when you would find the best of things and when you will get cheaper deals.
  • Check out places where people are clustered around some items… Sales just might be going on.

From my thrifting experience, I’ve come to find out that going;

  • Early in the morning when the shops are just opening puts you in a better position where you just might be in a win-win situation. You find the best, more quality items without searching too hard but they might be a little expensive or probably, the trader might be kind enough to you for ‘opening her market’ (i.e being the first to buy) and give you these fab products at a discount rate.
  • Or late in the evening where the stalls are closing or when the traders are packing up. Traders especially here I live presently, are at this period desperate for last minute sales of their wares in order to makeup in their words ”transport money” and would give you what you want provided you bargain nicely and reasonably. When evening shopping most of the times, you might have to search a little harder and very painstakingly to find gold among the rubble of trashy clothes. Once at this time, I bought a pair of River Island lace up sandal heels earlier priced at N6000 for N2800.

You must note also that not all thrift items are worth buying regardless of their price: Shop responsibly!

4) Bargaining: This is like the main issue that scares a lot of people off thrifting, it’s either they are scared of just buying at the price the trader calls out to them because they don’t know how to bargain or because they are scared of calling out ridiculously low price at the trader which would attract insults to them…lol.

It’s also safe to note that there’s no preset formula for bargaining yet…lol. As these stuffs could be said to be sold at low prices which are cheap but still higher than the money you’ve budgeted. What to do?? You bargain… Bargain means negotiation, you negotiate the price with the trader. This is a needful skill for the purchase of anything so long as it doesn’t have a price tag on it yet. It is also known that traders tend to double or multiply the price of their goods and so you need negotiation to get a good deal as the seller’s price is hardly ever the last price. You may price and buy a N2000 item for N800 and you’ll be excited over making an excellent bargain and then someone else comes along and back same product from the same seller on the same day for N600… This is the power of bargaining.

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Related Read: How to Bargain Like a Pro

Thrift shopping requires a lot of patience cos unlike a boutique, the traders do not sort out the clothes according to designs, colours or sizes. The first few clothes you pick might be too large or too small for you,or it might even have a bad defect, don’t be discouraged, keep digging!

The Look

I didn’t know I’ll get to share pictures from this look but a photographer just came by when my roommate was taking phone pictures of me and started snapping away… What could I do? I didn’t really like how the pictures came out at the end of the day but I just had to pick some and I liked these a little bit…lol. In this look, I am wearing only thrifted pieces.

Skirt: The skirt was the main deal for this outfit look. This vintage skirt was purchased at last Christmas sales along with some other skirts for N200 each. I loved the feel and look of the material and although it was not my size I bought it and took it to my tailor afterwards. This is actually my first time of styling it and I did a totally cool job.

Kimono: I wanted a white shirt to complement the red shade of the skirt but I still didn’t want to wear it the regular way, this is where my jacket/kimono came in very handy.

I prefer to call it a kimono instead of a jacket because of the free flowing material. I was going for a laid back but not regular look and the kimono did it for me. Wearing this as an extra layer of clothing instantly upgrades you to the cool kid status.

Brooches: Left for rings, hand beads, brooches are the only other jewellery I’ve come to love. I got these brooches off Aliexpress and I love them. I also love that they add colour to my upper bodice. Coolest kid yo?!

I really loved how this unpredicted look turned out and I hope you did too.

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Till next time…xoxo

Do you thrift shop? What are your basic tips for thrift shopping? I’d really love to know, do leave a reply below. Thanks

35 thoughts on “Thrifting|| Basic Things to Know X Styling Thrifted Pieces”

  1. I thrift, a lot and it’s really bad😿 and affecting my budget, I’m learning how to save money tho. As for my tips, I really do not have one but I do not make list, I just go looking for fine pieces I can rock, and my bargain game is always on point, I make sure I bargain till I get it for the budgeted price. Thanks for these tips dear, I love to read from you

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    1. Haha…Too much thrifting makes me feel guilty too. At times, I even punish myself because I thrifted something on a day I’m not supposed to… Lol.

      Have you heard of though? That’s what I use to save and it’s been helping me a lot.

      Thank you too for reading. I always look forward to your comments too😳

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  2. “okrika bend-down-select”? Now that tagline is very funny gorgeous…Yes, I love thrifting so much and I’d call myself a pro since I’ll always leave the market with more than I can imagine, yet still beautiful pieces. But it requires skill, and you’ve said it all! These tips are just excellent…and if you got that whole look thrifted, then I’m coming for it ll! That kimono and skirt on my!

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    1. Haha… Okrika bend-down-select is a term we use for these kind of shopping basically because the goods are mostly displayed on the floor and we have to bend down to select.

      The whole look is thrifted and you are welcome to get them. And yes, when coming for them, bring one of your stilettoes along (for me)😝😜.

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  3. You look really beautiful… Love the black kimono… And the white shirt (‘repping’ ✌)…and the skirt… And the shoes… The whole outfit 😌
    I’d love to thrift more.. It’s on my bucket list for the long vacation.
    This is a detailed post

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  4. The pattern of the skirt is gorgeous. And those heels 🔥🔥 I haven’t really done thrifting before but this post is making me think about it. I want to wear nice clothes but my grad school budget has other ideas.

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    1. Last sentence got me rolling on the floor…we all feel that way. Try thrifting though… You won’t regret it, I bet it would be a lot more organized experience in your case❤❤

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