6 thrifting bloggers’ secrets for great fashion finds

Thrifting can provide great clothes for a margin of the costs

When you are reading High Latitude Style since a while, you know that I love to thrift, consign, and search for high end fashion on eBay.

Today I want to introduce you to 6 fashion and style bloggers who like to thrift as well. I asked them to answer the following question:

What is you most important advice for finding great thrift scores?

Here is what they said:
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Rachel J, Suburban Style Challenge:

My number one piece of advice for finding great pieces while thrifting pieces is actually two-fold. One, have the time and patience to dig. Two, have your phone with you so you can Google brands you’re unfamiliar with, ways to check if something is fake or not, or whether-or-not you’ve got a good deal in your hands. Those two things will definitely help in finding top-notch stuff!

#thriftingover40  thrifting blogger in second hand clothes
Jacket Society motorcycle jacket, leather joggers, Ann Taylor sweater (consigned and dyed), statement necklace (all own), and layering top c/o Adea

Lydia Abat, Chic on the Cheap:

I suppose my best advice would be to visit often; you can’t expect to find a gem every time and the inventory changes quickly, so the more times you stop in, the more likely you are to happen upon something fabulous.

Darlene Fadem, Who’s a Pretty Girl:

My most important advice for finding great thrift scores is…know your labels!
I actually wrote a guide called Label Hunting 101.

#thriftingover50 mature woman looking posh in an outfit with thrifted items
Front view of above outfit

Carelia Moran, My Small Wardrobe:

I have one simple tip or advice when thrift shopping: GO WITH CASH. Leave your credit card at home. When you carry only cash, you will be more picky or selective with your purchases. The only way that thrifting works for me is when I stick on a budget and that’s how thrifting become a money-saver.

When I thrift online, I only buy name brand items that I’ve had in my wish-list. Online thrifting is my favorite! I’ve found tons of great quality designer pieces for a fraction of the price. To mention a couple, I found my red velvet Dolce & Gabbana wedges and terrific Maria Cornejo summery jump suit, both came with prices that didn’t break my bank account.

Jen B, Librarian for Life and Style:

My most important advance is to try everything on to see how an item looks on you. It’s so basic yet it’s a step we often disregard. Items at thrift or resale stores could be from a range of eras, stores, or even other countries, each with their own system of sizing. Even sizing systems in the United States have shifted over time! There may not even be a tag or size on the garment, particularly if it’s a handmade or tailored item of clothing. That is also why I prefer to shop at resale shops, as they tend to have better dressing rooms (or dressing rooms, period), and staff have put more effort into placing garments into broad sizing categories (as opposed to thrift stores that might have items in bins). Therefore, it is really important to disregard sizes and try on every item that you think might be a good fit for you.

#fashionover50 woman wearing thrifted items in her outfit
Chartreuse thrifted sweater with silk scarf, striped Oliveo custom-made leather skirt, GNW tights, thrifted Harley Davidson booties (all own), and pearl necklace c/o The Pearl Source Inc.

Marilyn L., Rewind Reduce and Recycle:

At thrift shops I would say the main thing is to go in with an open mind. Don’t be too fixed on what you want to find. It is more about building your wardrobe slowly. With thrifting often the best results come from buying a few items or even one at a time. Aim for buying the best quality you can since you are paying less. Over time you will look like you have an expensive wardrobe even though you might have bought it on a shoe string budget. It is a good idea to be prepared to not be able to try things on if the shopping is at garage sales. Wearing leggings or a tank top might be helpful so that you can try things on over what you have on. At garage sales or flea markets talk to the person selling. Ask them about what you are interested in just in case they have it. Often they have other good deals not taken out of boxes yet. The main thing is make it fun and to enjoy thrifting!

I would recommend looking in thrift shops in upscale neighborhoods. Those areas generally have better thrift shop selections.


#maturefashion thrifting fashionista in an outfit with thrifted sweater and booties
Side view of posh chic outfit with thrifted sweater and booties

Fashion thrifting tips in a nutshell

  1. Know your labels
  2. Have a (wish)list and stick to it (brand-wise)
  3. Buy only high quality pieces
  4. Dress for clothes shopping so trying out pieces is easy
  5. Don’t rely on size tags, try everything on
  6. Thrift in upscale neighborhoods for high end fashion label
  7. Bring CASH

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Do you thrift? What are your secrets for great finds? What was the best catch? Let me know, I am curious.

Further tips on thrifting over 40

You also may be interested in these posts with tips on how to score high when thrifting, tips about how to bit on eBay for great fashion items, and how to same time when browsing a consignment store.

#fashionover50 woman in work outfit with thrifted items
Back view of outfit with thrifted statement sweater and booties

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