Secondhand Strategy | 6 Key Thrift Hacks for a Successful Hunt

From the screeching racks, to the whiffs of a questionable musky scent- thrifting can feel like an overwhelming mission. Undoubtedly, it’s not easy digging the fruits of the neighbourhood spring cleanings, but when done right- you’re in for some of the most unique, fashionable and affordable finds. Here are 6 tips to make the best out of your thrift experience. 

1 | BREAK THE THRIFT ICE

Thrifting can be intimidating, especially for the first time. Sometimes testing the waters is the best way to break the ice. Check out ‘filtered’ thrift shops such as Plato’s Closet, used Boutiques or Vintage Consignment stores. 

2 | PATIENCE IS KEY, TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THE PROCESS 

Make sure you’re giving your thrift adventure the time of day. Finding the hidden gems does take time and patience. It’s important to keep an optimistic mind and remain patient. A great way to tackle the mass of clothing is to segment your hunt by sections. I personally like to check out the jacket and outerwear sections first. I always happen to stumble upon super chic $10 jackets. 

3 | FIND YOUR FAVOURITE FABRICS AND PATTERNS

Finding the right pieces doesn’t mean swiping through everything on the rack. Instead try pinpointing fabrics and patterns you love. Be it linen, floral prints, sequins - know what you like and allow it to catch your eye as you’re browsing an aisle.

4 | KEEP AN OPEN FASHION MIND

There are a plethora of ways to wear a simple button up. Tying it in the front, tucking it in, unbuttoned - you name it. Keep an open fashion mind and consider the versatility of your chosen piece. More importantly, don’t be afraid to grab a pair of scissors along with some needle and thread. Get creative with your thrift finds!

5 | SHOP THE BACK RACKS?!

What might not have worked out for someone else, could very well work for you! Always remember to check the return racks by the changing rooms. Those pieces are already filtered by previous shoppers.

6 | DONATE, DONATE, DONATE

Rake through your closet and donate your gently used garments to the thrift stores. Not only are you contributing to the community of thrifters- typically thrift stores have perks and discounts when you donate. Some stores even commission you based on your donation. It’s a rewarding cycle of giving!


Learning to love thrifting is a rewarding task. You are able to both save on some unique and quality pieces, all while contributing to reducing fashion textile waste. Together let’s break the second hand stigma to help close the loop.

Happy thrifting!

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- Kimberley Lu