When you’re on a budget, the thrift store becomes your best friend. Shopping at thrift stores can not only be a great way to make your yourself look nice without spending a lot of money, but it can be fun as well.


If you would like to start thrift store shopping, now is as good of a time as any. The spring brings a lot of great things to the thrift store because people are doing their spring cleaning and bringing their old things to give away. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. If you want to make the most of your thrift finds this year, heed the following advice.


First, whatever you look for, make sure that it’s well made. This means looking at the brand names of things. For example, a brand that makes more expensive clothing will typically use better materials and have better stitching. This means that even a piece of clothing that has been worn and used before can still be in great shape for you to use a second time.


Next, make sure to be thorough about looking over the entirety of every piece of clothing. You may pick up a great-looking button-down shirt and put it right into your cart without examining it fully. This is a mistake. It’s a mistake because people often bring things to the thrift store for defects that are not noticeable at first glance.


The last tip is to get good at mending and sewing. If you look over a piece of clothing thoroughly and find that it has a rip, a hole or a missing button or other sewing notion, there is a chance that you can fix this piece of clothing if you know how. By doing these things, you’ll be sure to get some great finds the next time you go to the thrift store.