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Buying clothes second hand, also known as thrifting, is a great way to save money and help the environment. You can find great prices on high-quality items and collect unique pieces. Here are some tips to make sure you have the best thrifting experience: 

  • Minimize the amount of clothes you consider trying on: This may sound obvious, but only a fraction of the clothes in the store will suit your size and style. I only look at clothes which are in my size and look like they will fit me. I also prefer more comfortable fabrics like cotton. Limiting the contenders will help you move through the aisles faster. 
  • Consider the neighborhood and store: The clothing at thrift stores are donated by people in the area. Look for thrift shops in areas where the main demographic is similar to you. Also consider whether you want a store where all the donations are taken, or a more curated boutique. Typically, the more curated the store, the more expensive the clothes. 
  • Check the clothes: Before you pay, make sure the clothes you have chosen don’t have any stains or major holes. If it needs to be altered, factor that money in before you purchase the item. 
  • Shop online: Thrifting takes time. If you don’t have the time, or prefer to shop online, there are plenty of online stores which sell second hand items. 

Practice

  • Do you buy second hand clothes? Why or why not?
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