The early bird gets the worm when it comes to summer thrift and secondhand store shopping. Right after spring cleaning when most responsible guys have cleaned out the closet and gotten rid of all the pointless clothes they never wear anymore. Thrifting is serious business and there are few things more flattering on a guy than those hard to find gems. Here are a couple rules of thumb to keep in mind before you head out the door on a treasure hunt.
Vintage Never Goes out of Style
There’s a big difference between wearing thrifty stuff because you love it, and sporting it because that’s all you can afford. The good news is that either way you skin that cat vintage never goes out of style, and no one can really tell the difference. Purely for style though, the best idea is to mix some of the old in with some of the new. Take a modern approach and personalize or tone it down a few shades with a cool faded Ren & Stimpy t-shirt.
Real Before Vintage Shops
Only master clothes-hunters open vintage shops so their stock is going to be marked up a bit. Consignment stores and specialty vintage shops understand the value of what they’re selling, while places like Good Will and the Salvation Army either don’t know or could care less.
Go Neighborhood Hunting
It’s sad to say, but the better the neighborhood the better the clothes are going to be. At least in the fact that people with more money tend to have more clothes to give away for free…Furthermore, in really poor neighborhoods, let’s face it, you’re going to have some pretty fierce competition. Secondly, you’re going to get better deals on the name brand clothes in nicer neighborhoods as well.
Find Your Core Summer Outfit First
Rather than getting ahead of yourself, just go in search of your core summer outfit first. Meaning that amazing pair of shorts that fit so perfectly it’s scary. Then the t-shirt, hat, and sun glasses. Yes, you need a hat and yes it’s time you started wearing a snazzy pair of thrift store-bought sun glasses.
Summer Thrifting Reminder List
- If you’re eating well, working out, live in a somewhat sunny area and are in decent shape then Hawaiian shirts are completely acceptable!
- Double and at times even triple check every item before purchasing. Veer away from impulse buying and make sure that the condition of the item isn’t over the top (falling apart at the seams).
- Be patient and enjoy the exercise. You’re on your feet being a good consumer so relax, take it easy and prepare to look at a ton of clothes.
- Consider calling around first and getting in early on sale days. Why not? If prices are already pretty cheap, then %50 are freaking stellar!
Once you’ve completed your treasure hunting, take care of your new found treasures! Read their labels and act accordingly. See you next summer!