Honestly, a word that high school, and even college, me detested. I instantly pictured myself digging through bins of other peoples dirty, old things to no avail. And in some cases, that can be the norm! So let the post-grad me interject.
This is the 21st Century and there are some super FUN and FASHIONABLE ways to thrift! You can find some seriously cool, unique, nice and trendy things thrifting if you know where to look. Lucky for you, I'm about to let you in on the secrets. Here are some places you can trust to find gently loved items that will please your wardrobe and your wallet. (Or in some cases, NWT marked down designer pieces!)
This one is a no-brainer! As the largest online thrift store you HAVE TO checkout thredUP. A lot of their pieces are 90% off of retail price. You can find the Joe's Jeans shorts that I am wearing on thredUP now. They were originally over $200 and you can get them for $29! New peeps get 20% off their first order so you can seriously SCORE on this site. Highly recommend!
If you are a brand-name shopper you might like Plato's Closet. They pride themselves on keeping current, trendy brands in stock regularly. They style their pieces and work really hard on keeping the store organized and shopper-friendly, which means no digging for you!
For $29 a month you can borrow designer jewelry with Switch! How cool!? There is currently a waist list to join the site, but keep it in mind for the future! Most of their items retail for $500+ a piece, so wearing them for $29 a month is a steal! Here are some of the pieces you can choose from.
The Real Real
If you want to purchase a designer piece but don't love the price tag, try purchasing secondhand! On therealreal.com you can shop a collection of tons of gently used items for less than half their original price. Look at the prices on these bags!
Local Buy/Sell Pages
Depending on where you live, there are some great local Facebook pages where women in your area clean out their closets and sell their used items. I found this sweet LV scarf and a pair of Alice and Olivia wedges on a Greenville page. Do some research in your area and you will probably find a similar page! OR, be the first to start one!
Cursty used to be a popular app for renting clothes. But, they are switching it up and becoming a buy/sell app! They are making the changes over the next few weeks, so maybe we should be the first to try it out?
Rent the Runway
Surely you've heard of this one! If you haven't you MUST listen to the podcast on How I Built This about how Rent the Runway started. Talk about some major inspiration, Jenn Hyman! You can rent designer clothing and accessories on this site. They send you two sizes so that your dress will almost always fit and they have a huge selection. Wear Draper James and then return in! Or really any brand for that matter. Lots of us don't want to rewear formal dresses again, so it is perfect for big date parties, wedding events or celebrations.
TJMaxx, Marshalls, Bargain Hunt
Okay, so these aren't exactly "thrift" stores but they are worth a mention! At TJ Maxx and Marshalls you can find name brands like Lucky, Free People, Michael Kors, Joes Jeans, Tory Burch and SO MUCH MORE! I like to go several times a month because it can be hit or miss. But when you score you score BIG! Bargain Hunt usually has lots of Target lines so be sure not to underestimate it!
I hope these suggestions help you find some one-of-a-kind thrift-ed pieces!