I have a confession…

I love cats. For serious, where would we be as humans if not for our feline friends? I’d imagine the world would be in complete shambles. If you think I’m nutty, did you know that cats were worshiped in ancient Egypt? I’ve been told that when I wear dramatically winged liner I vaguely resemble Cleopatra. The point I’m trying to make is that cats and I are inseparable, so it’s no surprise that when I spotted this crop top for $7 CAD at Plato’s Closet I just had to make it mine – and that I did (in addition to this high-waist chiffon skirt for $4 CAD).

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On a good thrift shopping day, I can buy just about everything and anything in sight. On a not-so-good day, I can still find a piece or two worthy of purchase. There’s always something to be found when shopping second-hand clothing, the question is how does one shop thrift without losing one’s mind? It’s all too easy to become overwhelmed so in an attempt to maintain your sanity, I’ve compiled 5 tips to shop thrift that I’ve learned along the way.

For beginners, always walk into a thrift store with an idea of what you want (or need) to buy. This may be true anytime you shop, but it’s especially true when you shop thrift. While you may not always luck out, at least you’re not blindly walking into a thrift store that is full of seemingly endless options. Many times racks will be organized according to colour, so if you have an idea of what colours you want – or don’t want – it’s a good starting point.

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When you’ve found a piece, quickly give it a 360 scan. A good way to detect stains and snags is by holding a piece against light. Naturally, given that you’re shopping second-hand, nothing will be fresh off the clothing express but you can definitely find items that are like new or at the very least in good condition.

Another thing to consider is budget. How I loathe that word, but until I scratch my way to riches, budgeting is ever so important. If you can, leave your plastic at home and bring with you cash only. When prices are so low it’s easy to want to buy everything in sight but believe me when I say even thrifting (not an actual word, FYI) can get expensive if you don’t tread wisely.

Tips to shop thrift_3A budget goes hand-in-hand with buying only what you love – would you buy that shirt if it was double the price or is your only motivation the fact that it’s being sold for under $10?

Finally, visualize how you can wear each and every piece you pick up with items you already own. When shopping thrift, it’s easy to look at an item as ‘drab’ – after all, once upon a time those jeans sat upon someone else’s hips. But if you can mentally create an ensemble that incorporates said thrift item, it can really help you to forget the whole second-hand fact.

Share with me your tips to shop thrift in the comments below!

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Happy thrifting,




  1. I always get tricked (by myself) by a great price. Then later, I’m like, WHY did I buy this? and never wear it. A $2 isn’t a good deal if I never wear it. I love the skirt you found (and the price!). It’s been awhile since I went thrifting, maybe I’ll add it to the weekend 🙂

  2. Natalie! These were such great tips for thrift shopping! You’ve definitely simplified the proces for someone like me who is quite inexperienced (and at times impatient) with it. I used to live near a Kind Exchange and sell bags of clothes all the time but never walked out with anything. You’ve inspired me to give thrifting more chances and to have an open mind while doing so.

    Especially with a super cute outfit like that! I’m amazed that skirt was such a steal (and that anyone would want to give it up). It’s such a lovely cream/blush/tan colour. And of course I love the cat shirt because I share your cat love and it just looks so cute on you. Definitely having a “damn I wish I was wearing this” moment. So well styled, awesome job! Great setting in your photos as well 🙂

    Jesilou <3

    1. Thanks so, so, SO much for the positive feedback Jesilou! So glad this post was of inspiration to you. And my thoughts exactly – who in their right mind would give up a skirt like this?! Glad to know there’s a fellow feline fan in the house! Cats rule lol. Thanks for the compliment about the photo setting by the way – I snapped these pics myself that really means a lot!

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