1. Scan, scan, scan!
Scan, scan, scan! Don’t rush the process. You may just miss that prized possession at a bargain price.
2. Check the material a clothing item is made from
Check the material a clothing item is made from. For example, polyester is cheaply made and worth very little today however vintage cottons, linens and wool are very much made to withstand time. Look for quality fabrics if you want a piece to stay in your wardrobe for many more years to come.
3. Treat your vintage
Treat your vintage finds with the love and respect they deserve
4. I learnt this from a fellow thrifter: when op shopping, pack snacks
I learnt this from a fellow thrifter: when op shopping, pack snacks. Hangry shoppers often miss all the bargains!
5. Don't be gender biased
Don’t be gender biased. I have found some awesome shirts for myself in the men’s section.
6. The kids section rocks!
The kids section rocks! My friends and I have discovered some seriously amazing things for our kidlets here. Plastic toys are excellent because you can sterilise them and they are built to last. If you’re lucky, you can find some top-quality kids leather boots (on my wish list) and clothing. Children outgrow things so quickly, so why spend a fortune?
7. Check out the deadstock section
Check out the deadstock section. While not all op shops have these, make sure you find out if they do. I have sold a few things on Kai & Ko that are brand new from the deadstock section, with some of them dating back to the 70s and 80s.
8. My absolute favourite find at a Macleay Valley op shop
My absolute favourite find at a Macleay Valley op shop was an Aquascutum weatherproof fur neck coat from the 80s. It’s still on my website today and was originally worth around the $700 mark. I’m holding onto this baby!
9. Prioritise second-hand clothing
Prioritise second-hand clothing. The more people who buy second-hand, the less goes to landfill so head to op shops or Depop! When you do have to buy new, ensure it isn’t cheap, fast fashion or a five-dollar tee and think about whether your new item will still be worth some money in a year’s time.