12 Secret Pro Thrifting Tips For Your Next Haul

At thrift stores, it can be like finding a needle in a haystack to discover the best clothes to buy. These quotes from thrifting geniuses will help you level up your thrifting skills. 

When taken seriously, thrifting is an art form. Just ask the pros. That’s why we went on a treasure hunt for some of the best thrifting pull-quotes online. 

We hope this helps you get more for your hard-earned cash on your next thrifting haul. 

“Know what you want and what you are looking for, and familiarize yourself with stores so you know what they tend to have.”

Meggie Copeland, Fashion editor of Selva Beat 

Check all sections of the thrift store.”

Thrifting Diva

“One thing I always ask myself when I’m thrifting before I buy that cute $3 dollar top is ‘would I pay full price for this?’”

Jess with Less 

“I get overwhelmed with crowds and it throws off my thrifting game. If you go in the early morning and late evening (before closing) on weekdays, thrift shops will usually be less empty.”

Kessler Ramirez 

“I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again, shop with a friend! … A second set of eyes is always better than one.“

Looking Fly on a Dime

“If you’re shopping for quality and true vintage, look for natural fabrics like silks, wools, linens, 100% cottons and leathers.”

The Luxe Strategist

“It’s a good idea to ask your go-to shop so you know exactly which day of the week to expect new inventory.”

Green Matters

“Something that I really like to do when I go thrifting, especially when I’m looking for clothes is to wear the right outfit.”

Audrie Storme 

“Somebody once told me that if you wrap the waist [of jeans] around your neck and it fits, then it means that the jeans are going to fit you.”

Tonya Smith of The Moptop, giving advice in Portland, Oregon, during this fashion roundup by Safia Nygaard 

“Look at men’s vs. women’s denim. … At the men’s, what I really love to look at is the denim. They have really great Levi’s - those vintage kind that you can just alter.”  

Amy Serrano of Pepper Pout

“If something is a few sizes too big, you can wear it oversize, belted, cuffed, tied, etc. But if you need to reconstruct the garment to make it wearable, that’s probably more of a hassle than it’s worth (or worse still, you might never get around to it!).”

Felicity Sargent in this interview by Man Repeller 

For online shopping, use this hack… 

“Filters are my secret weapon though! I first sort by my sizes (M/L), then the type of item I’m looking for (shirts), the color (brown), and then sometimes brand (J. Crew) or style (boho)!”

Lauren Pfeiffer, @PassingWhimsies

So, tell us. How’d it go? Were these tips helpful? Share what works best for you in the comments. 


We are Goodfair and we love unisex fashion. We also make finding vintage classics easier with our curated bundles. If something doesn’t quite work out, make it a gift for your bestie. 

Article Written by Erica Eller

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