4 Reasons Why You Should Shop at Thrift Stores

Ever since I was young, I’ve had a thing for coats… I’m not sure why, I think I got it from my Mom. (Thanks Mom!) I think my love all started with an adorable royal blue peacoat with black velvet trim I had when I was four…. And then we lost it in a move. Needless to say, it was a scaring experience. Haha! My mom and I are always in search of the perfect coat for every season. We are always drawn to coats with unique elements. So I thought I would give you some tips on how to pick the perfect jacket that will be appropriate for many occasions and many seasons!

Fashion tips for picking the perfect all-season, every occasion jacket:

  1. Pick a color that is not directly related to a certain season. Neutrals are great, but seem to scream winter and fall. Colors that pop are great and can work for any season. 
  2.  Always go for a knee length jacket. It will work for EVERY occasion and are easy to dress up or down. A knee length jacket is great for the office, special occasions, and casual events. 

In the outfit featured, I am wearing a light blue, knee-length, woven jacket from H&M. I love the unique elements of this jacket, like the princess sleeves and no collar. I’ve been wearing it to work lately AND out on the weekends! So versatile!

Outfit details: 

Jacket- $17 H&M (bought at a resale shop, originally $69.99) One similar HERE!

Peplum Sweater – $9.99 The LOFT (bought at Final Sale price, originally $49.50) One similar HERE!

Shoes- $18.50 (brand new, bought at a resale shop)

Marble Tassel Necklace – $12.99 6pm.com (originally $54.00) One similar HERE!

Resale. Consignment. Thrift. Second-hand. Whatever you want to call it! Shopping at a local resale shop was the key to snagging the jacket and shoes at such a great price. Some people are very put off by “used” clothing. However, shopping at second-hand stores allows you to pay great prices for high-end items that you may not otherwise be able to afford. 

3 Reasons Why You Should Shop at Resale Stores:

  1. Most second-hand stores have very high standards for the items they will buy, so generally you can rest assured that the item is very gently used and in style. 
  2. You pay a fraction of the price for high-quality items. Consignment stores only buy name brand items, which are usually priced at least 50% off. Knowing you are buying a previously owned item, it is easy to judge the quality by simply assessing the wear and tear. 
  3. Many times you can find items that still have the tags on them! A lot of resale stores have a selection of items that are brand new. At my local second-hand store, Buffalo Exchange, they highlight all the tags of brand new items in yellow. If you ask the store clerk, they might give you a tip on where you can find the brand new items. 
  4. It’s fun! Sifting through the racks at a resale shop is like mining for gold. You’ll be surprised.

Frugal Tip: Don’t be afraid to buy used clothing, you’ll be surprised by what you find and can afford!


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