In honour of National Op Shop week a couple weeks back, I wrote a top 5 for Sacred Heart Mission, and I thought I'd share it with you all here too.
Try on Everything
Have you ever been told to “just try it on” and all of a sudden that piece you were doubting looks fabulous? Well the same applies while op shopping; taking the time to try clothing on ensures what you’re buying fits and suits you. Even though you’ll generally be paying a lot less than a regular retail store, you don’t want to be wasting money on something you won’t wear once you get it home. I’ve made that mistake a few times over! Don’t be like me.
Keep an Open Mind
Remember op shops are not regular retail clothing stores so keeping an open mind while visiting is key. Sometimes you’ll fall in love with a piece but it’s too small. Yes, it’s a disappointment, but you’ll leave knowing that someone else will discover it! And don’t forget to look on all the racks, you may find what you’re after in the boys section.
This follows on from tip #1. You’ll often come across clothing from past decades; aka Vintage! Clothing sizes were a lot different then so my rule of thumb is if you like what you see, pick it up and try it on. You’ll often find that brands also tend to size their clothing different, so sizing isn’t always a good indicator of fit.
Tailors are your friend
If you can’t sew or don’t have the time, a tailor is a great option. They’ll be able to take up pants, hem skirts, bring in a dress and more! It’s amazing how different a piece of clothing is once it’s altered to fit you. Plus you’ll be the talk of the town in that one of a kind freshly altered outfit!
Bring a mate
I enjoy shopping solo, but if you can find a friend who appreciates op shopping as much as you do, or is up for the bargain hunt, then invite them along. Friends are great to bounce outfit choices off of, and they may even convince you to buy that leopard print jacket you don’t quite have the courage to purchase on your own!
Hope this helps you to find those thrifting bargains.