Summer is also shorts. And tee shirts. And tank tops. And sundresses. Like the arrival of seasons preceding it, summer brings the urge for new pieces to add to my wardrobe. However, if you're like me, you'd rather spend money on a vacation than another pair of denim cutoffs. Thankfully, thrifting can satisfy your cravings for new summer clothes while saving you a considerable amount of cash.
If you'd like to try to thrift your summer wardrobe, here are a few tips:
- Go soon: It's likely that most shoppers at thrift stores are stocking up on their own summer wardrobes right now. While stores such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army process thousands of pieces a week, generating new inventory daily, smaller stores do not.
- Search by material: Lightweight fabrics such as linen, cotton, chambray, voile, batiste, eyelet, and silk are more preferable in warm weather than wool and polyester. Other summer-appropriate accessories, such as straw clutches and white leather purses and belts, should be considered too.
- Be thorough: Think you found the perfect sleeveless blouse? Check carefully for perspiration stains, especially around the armholes, collar and lower back. This type of stain is particularly hard, if not impossible, to remove.
- Consider the men's section: I've found amazing vintage concert tees in the men's department, along with lightweight oversized shirts and woven belts.
- Set limits: Would you consider wearing a thrifted swim suit? What about sandals? If not, don't waste time lingering in those sections while thrifting.
- Think beyond clothes and accessories: Planning a picnic, barbecue, graduation party, camping trip or other outdoor activity? Thrift stores are great places to find supplies. Vintage quilts and picnic baskets; bicycles and roller skates; glassware and cookbooks; and tablecloths and linens are among the items you can thrift.
- Get crafty: Turn vintage Levis into cutoff shorts and long sleeved dresses into sleeveless versions. A bit of altering can also bring up a hem, turning a maxi dress into a mini or pants into capris.