The Goodwill Guide
I've been wanting to do a thrifting blog post for a long time, but honestly I had NO CLUE where to start because there is so much to talk about on this topic. For those of you who know me, you know I'm an avid thrifter (especially at Goodwill), and for the new followers reading this, Hey! I'm Jessie & I basically buy EVERYTHING from Goodwill & I love sharing my thrifty style on insta (@jessbeachin) & I'm about to give you some thrift tips.
So let's get started. You're probably wondering how in the heck I find so many 'on-trend' things at Goodwill. One of my most commonly asked questions is "HOW DO YOU FIND SUCH CUTE STUFF ALL I EVER FIND ARE GRANDMA SWEATERS AND PICTURE FRAMES?!" Well, let me start by telling you the MOST important tip for Goodwill-ing. You have GOT to keep an open mind. Period. You have to go in with a completely different mindset than you would have if you went to the mall. When you go to the mall, you may go to "look", but most of the time you have something in mind that you are after. At Goodwill, you may be going after one thing, but come out with something completely different. You could go in thinking you want to find a pair of cute black skinny jeans and walk out with a new lamp and some vintage roller skates from the 1960s. That's just how it works. You'll find alllll the treasures you never knew you needed. :)
For me, I'm more into basics when it comes to fashion, and I like to find items that are a little more multi-functional. I wasn't always that way. I used to be the girl that would buy all the crazy/unique vintage pieces, but now that I have my Goodwill adventures down to a science I tend to stick with stuff I know I will actually wear on a day to day basis. I love finding unique pieces and I do still buy them on occasion (especially to sell on my Poshmark), but after purging my closet for the millionth time in a year I realized I needed to stop hoarding clothes!
When I go to Goodwill, I pretty much always go to the shoes first. I've always been such a shoe girl, and for some reason I just always gravitate straight to the shoe section of any store. I may stick to more neutral and basic clothing styles, but with shoes I am completely open to almost any style! After I shop the shoe section, I tend to search through tops. It kind of varies whether I start with tanks, tees, or long sleeve. Just kinda depends on the season I guess, but I always start by looking through the whites, tans, blacks, and greys, and then I go through the "patterned" sections. Depending on how long I have to shop, I may or may not look through the brighter colors. Goodwill is a serious time warp though and you have to be prepared to shop for a few hours if you really wanna find the good stuff.
Back to keeping an open mind, another thing about Goodwill-ing is if you see something you like but you aren't 100% sure about it, try it on anyways. It might surprise you when you see it on and remember, you're only spending $1-$5 on a top and $5-$8 on jeans/dresses! It's worth seeing it on if you have the time. If you don't have that much time to shop, I recommend sticking to what you know and going straight to those sections in the store!
Oh! and let's talk about the uniform. If I know I'm about to go to GW and be there for awhile, I throw on my comfiest clothes and make sure to grab myself a big ol' coffee beforehand because it seriously does feel like you're in there forever (so worth it though).
I could talk about this topic all day long and give you so many tips, but I think I'll break it up into multiple blog posts to really get into the specifics. But if you are new to thrifting and wanna give it a shot, my #1 piece of advice would just be to keep an open mind, and don't give up if you don't find anything in the first 30 min. There is bound to be some hidden treasure in there for you somewhere!