Thrifting has become the sustainable fashion movement that is making huge waves in just about every country, South Africa included. Buying clothing from second-hand thrift stores can offer shoppers quite a few benefits; you can save money, it has a positive impact on the environment due to its sustainability aspect sending less clothes to landfills and let’s face it, it’s loads of fun searching for hidden gems and pre-loved items that probably have a thousand stories to tell.
FAQs for Thrift Shopping
How Do I Do Safe Thrift Shopping During a Pandemic?
This is a question that we get asked a lot, is it safe to touch clothing that has already been worn during the COVID-19 pandemic? As we know, the key to lowering your chances of infection is to protect yourself as much as possible. When you are safe thrift store hopping, always wear your mask over your mouth and nose. Sanitise your hands well, when you enter a store and after leaving a store too. Try not to touch your mouth and nose too much during your shopping spree. Other than that, don’t let it worry you too much and rather just focus on the fun of shopping for second-hand bargains.
How Do I Spot Stains or Damage on Pre-Owned Clothing or Shoes?
The only way to spot stains or damage is to have a thorough look at the item you like. Take it off the rack, turn it around, inspect it as closely as you can and don’t be rushed while you’re doing it. The onus is on you to make sure you are fully aware of the product you’re buying and if it is intact or not.
Is eco-friendly cleaning important to you?
How Do I Clean Thrift Store Purchases?
The best way to revive old thrift store items and pre-loved clothing is to wash it with Skip’s Anti-Ageing detergent. Skip uses Fibre Care Technology to revitalise and protect older clothing. Skip can help fight the five signs of clothes ageing and turn your drab thrift buys into almost new gems.
Should I Try Thrift Store Items On?
Absolutely! Like with any clothing or shoe shopping, fit is key. Make sure you try the items you love on before you buy. If the store doesn’t have a change room area, ask what their policy is on returns.
How Do I Style My Thrift Store Items?
When it comes to thrift store buys, the key is to keep it minimal, so try not to throw on all your thrifty purchases at one time i.e., from head to toe. Rather mix and match a beautiful vintage thrift item with a pair of newer jeans or leggings to get a mix of genres.
We hope these answers have helped you feel comfier with how to thrift! Now go out there and find some pre-loved gems to make your own.
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