How to Find Quality Clothes at the Thrift Store

10 Mar 2014 Permalink

Can you believe this jacket was thrifted?  Great tips for finding high-quality clothing at the thrift store!

When I talk to non-thrifters about the amazing things that I have found while thrifting, they’re usually pretty impressed.  I’m impressed too when I think about it.  Diane von Furstenberg, Valentino, Calvin Klein – not to mention a bunch of high-quality vintage pieces – have all made their ways to my closest from thrifting.

Can you believe this jacket was thrifted?  Great tips for finding high-quality clothing at the thrift store!

Can you believe this jacket was thrifted?  Great tips for finding high-quality clothing at the thrift store!

Thrifting itself can be a bit overwhelming, but here’s a few tips to help you find those amazing pieces…like this black jacket I’m wearing:

1.  Feel the fabric.  It’s very easy to tell the quality of the material by feeling it.

2.  Check the lining.  Top brands don’t cut corners.  They fully line their skirts, dresses, and jackets – when appropriate of course.

3.  Look at the details.  Buttons, zippers, and other closures can add to the cost of making a garment…this is where many retailers cut corners.  High-quality clothing means high-quality details.

jacket (Mark Shale), sweater – thrifted // jeans – H&M men’s // heels – Nine West

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13 Comments
  • jenny moyett
    March 10, 2014

    I’ve tried to go thrift shopping once or twice, but I never find anything good!! Thanks for tips. I’ll keep them in mind next time I go.

    Have a great week!

    -Jenny
    http://www.babblingsofamommy.com/2014/03/style-inspiration-eva-mendes.html

    • aprilgia
      March 11, 2014

      Keep me posted on your thrifting adventures!

  • Thriftanista in the City
    March 10, 2014

    Great tips! I love fondling the fabric. 🙂 You look beautiful as always.

    • aprilgia
      March 11, 2014

      “Fondling the fabric”…lol! That’s one way to put it. Girl, I’m so looking forward to the upcoming thrift trip with you! It’s going to be so awesome!

  • Olivia at ohmy Olivia
    March 10, 2014

    Great tips – and you look gorgeous xo

    • aprilgia
      March 11, 2014

      Thanks, love!

  • nicole feliciano (@Momtrends)
    March 10, 2014

    the lining is key. great tips for finding steals at thrift stores.

    • aprilgia
      March 11, 2014

      It is! And you know a thing or two about top designers! ; ) I bet you could add a few more things to look out for!

  • Megan Stylish + Scatterbrained
    March 11, 2014

    Thanks for the great tips!! You have inspired me to check back at the thrift stores more often! Love this look, especially the red lip and shoes!

  • Fashion Confessions of a Mommy
    March 11, 2014

    Love the look. And amazingly you still look so slim under all the baggy/boxy pieces. Pulled it off really nicely.

  • Carly Horen-Walko
    March 13, 2014

    that blazer is perfection…love it with the distressed boyfriends….Still haven’t had much luck thrifting, but truth be told I have maybe been 5 times in life. Just isn’t my thing…but I am always JEALOUS of my super thrifting blogging buddies like you and Tanya from November Grey. You girls are amazing at it! Happy weekend girl. C

  • Tameka
    March 21, 2014

    I love this blazer! I am a huge thrifter and often share tips on my blog for thrifting newbies. Great job! I stumbled upon your blog from IFB, LOVE IT!

    • aprilgia
      March 23, 2014

      Yay for thrifting! That’s nice of you to share tips for the beginning thrifters…don’t give away too many secrets ; ) Glad you stopped on by!

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