For fashionistas on a budget, there's nothing quite like browsing local thrift stores like the many Goodwill locations for vintage clothing finds. For aspiring vintage connoisseurs, however, the process may seem overwhelming. So here are some tips for newbies on the thrifting scene.
At Goodwill you'll find clothes from every era- from all the most current trends to funky retro gear, and you'll be able to shop with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your hard earned money will be returned to our community in the shape of job skills training courses, and much more.
When it comes to shopping for vintage wares at thrift stores, you should first become more attuned to exactly what constitutes a vintage item as opposed to what's simply second hand. A hard definition of “vintage” is difficult to come by, but generally, vintage denotes “special.” Timelessness of style, quality, and feel can be strong indicators of a vintage piece, as can the kind of cultural language that comes with it.
Tip 1: Seeking out timeless pieces that you can get a lot of use out of is a good avenue to take as you become familiar with thrifting and what to look for.
Tip 2: Hunt for and invest in basic vintage pieces that won't lose their appeal for you quickly- a little black dress for example, or a classic cardigan.
Tip 3: When you find something you really love, don't let the size on the tag dissuade you from trying it on. Size standards have changed over the years, so always try on a piece you fall in love with at Goodwill before buying it.
You may be asking yourself, why go to all the trouble of seeking out vintage or quality secondhand clothing? The answer is in the question- the timeless quality! Many clothing manufacturers just don’t make them like they used to, that’s why shopping at Goodwill stores offers such value. At Goodwill you’re sure to find well-made clothes that suit your style, and you won’t spend a fortune either!
Ready to get started shopping for vintage clothing at Goodwill? Check out their New Mexico store locations and hours.
About the Author
Maggie Grimason is a blog writer living in Albuquerque, NM. She grew up in a family of social servants and teachers in northern Indiana and finds that blogging for Goodwill Industries of New Mexico satisfies creative energies as well as her commitment to ethical living and community service.