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Daily Sundial

The student media organization of California State University Northridge

Daily Sundial

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Learn to ‘thrift’ the right way

   Nothing beats walking out of a thrift shop with a bag full of finds and still a pocket full of cash. My mantra has always been, “you don’t have to have mad money to have mad style.” Thrift shopping is your answer to looking unique and dapper without breaking the bank.The hit new song “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore has not only given us thrifters a themes song but has also projected this economical way of shopping as a mainstream trend.  Just like the song says, $20 in your pocket will have you poppin’ tags! Thrifting is a cheap way to shop for gently used items like clothes, accessories and even things for your home.The alternative way of shopping is not only good for your budget but it benefits the environment as well. You can find cool unique vintage items that will add to your wardrobe, but you’re consciously consuming and recycling goods that would otherwise go to waste. If you choose to shop at the non-profit thrift chains like Goodwill and Salvation Army, the proceeds help fund jobs and assist families in need.

The minute you walk in, the hunt begins. The racks and racks of unsorted clothes can evoke euphoria and excitement for thrift-aholics, but for others it’s an anxiety attack waiting to happen. Fear not my fellow recessionistas/ recessionistos, these style tips will have you addicted to thrifting in no time. Here is what you need to know:


  • Patience is key when thrifting. You have to take time to move, dig and plow through those racks.

  • Go hydrated and well fed.

  • Always think about potential. If you like something analyze it and ask yourself, how can I make it work for me?

  • Know your size. You can usually tell if something is going to fit you or not by holding it up and checking out the material to see if it’s something that will stretch sand give you room to move. If it looks too small, don’t waste your money buying it.


  • Pair highs and lows. I love pairing a great vintage item with something modern. If I find a fun patterned bomber jacket I’ll pair it with a sleek pair of leggings and a simple graphic screen tee.

  • Accessorize. If the the thought of wearing someone else’s clothes still makes you cringe, look for accessories. You can find cool belts, jewelry and bags usually under $10.

  • Look for timeless pieces. Leather and denim are two neutrals that will never go out of style. You can find great jeans, leather jackets and tops for way less than market price.

  • Find prints. Loud and funky prints are always fun trend to play with. Thrifting is the perfect way to find those unique pieces. You can pair bold printed shirts with neutrals for a funky flashback look.


  • Clothes: Always wash before you wear. In some cases with coats, jackets and delicate items you may have to take them to a dry cleaner. Never buy anything with a serious odor.

  • Jewelry: Thoroughly clean your pieces with an alcohol pad.

  • Shoes:  Spray the inside with Lysol disinfectant spray and throw some baking power inside and leave it in overnight and then shake it out the next day.

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