How’s you week going? Mine has been super fun and it’s just about to get even better! Lately I’ve been doing alot of personal shopping (Thrifting mostly) and while it has been fun I have to admit that it’s not as easy as I thought it was especially when you are on a tight budget and can’t afford to buy a piece, go back home, hate it and dump it. No, in my house you will wear it and you will like it. (lol, I kid. Mostly).
I like how online influencers have really elevated thrift shopping that it’s not longer looked down upon and it’s even a thing of pride to show off awesome pieces at jaw-dropping price, because now people like me can buy their clothing pieces in peace and be honest on how we got it and for how much.
Now are you confused over how other people come back with Thrift Steals and you keep buying thrifted pieces for almost the prices would have gotten them otherwise, and you are even getting horrid pieces that bring shame to the name of thrifting. Well that’s what this post is about.
Today I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to thrift shop and make the most of it as well as sharing some of my favorite thrifted pieces.
1) Know Your Market
Here’s the deal with Thrifting, It requires more street smartness than normal shopping. And knowledge of the market you are going to can and will determine what you get out of it. Markets have their ‘uptime’ and their ‘downtime’and the particular spots you can get particular pieces cheaper and better. Take for example, here in Port Harcourt you can get the best watches for unbelievable prices from people hawking in Waterlines Park.
Guess how much I got this awesome Hublot watch?
Two Thousand Naira!
And I didn’t stop at a store or even haggle much with the guy. I merely walked up to him, picked this one and gave a price I could afford. The same way, some markets are known for their denim and some are known for their shirts, so if you walk into a market known for denim to buy a shirt, chances are you won’t get a good deal.
2) Don’t Be A Novice
Like I said, streetsmart. Not really my forte, if I’m being honest, but I’m getting better at it. When you enter into a Nigerian market to shop, here’s one of the first things to know. DON’T BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING. No matter what they tell you about how they bought that shirt for one thousand Naira best believe they got it for five hundred, so you should still haggle and say you will take it for three hundred Naira.
Like this jacket, the lady said she will sell it for two thousand five hundred naira. The first thing I replied was ‘The Jacket or the rack?’ At the end of the the day, I took it home for Eight hundred naira. Score!
Also don’t get carried away with their stories and songs and other attention grabbing tactics, not just for your shopping but also because they could use that opportunity to steal from you. (Sad truth)
3) Plan Ahead
This is really key when it comes to saving money. I like to write a list of things i’ld want to buy, even when I’m not going shopping. That way if I get any money during the month and I see a piece I had already written I can just buy it and tick it off my list. It’s being really helpful in me building up a new and better Wardrobe (If I see anything else I would like to buy or I get an urge for something I write it down and plan it for the next month).
Take those shoes for example, I planned buying them over a month before I actually did and I can tell you that THAT was a good decision.
So there are my top three tips for thrifting better here in Nigeria as well as some of my favorite thrift finds.
Have you thrifted anything recently that that you loved? What are your own favorite thrift hacks? Have you ever thrifted? Do you thrift shop?