Tip 1: Be Prepared
Today I am writing about being prepared. You are thinking I am crazy to be prepared to go to a thrift store, right?! Well, here are a few things that I find very useful while thrifting.
Bribes: For small children that may accompany you! Stickers, lollipops, etc. I don't always use the bribes, if I am running in quickly to find a calculator vs. going and searching for a pair of jeans.
Small tape measure-especially for picture frames and wall art.
Jewelry Loupe- if you are looking for certain vintage jewelry, glassware, etc, sometimes the hallmarks are hard to see with the naked eye and having a loupe is handy. I dont carry mine anymore, since I dont really collect anything other than Pyrex, which is clearly marked.
Index card of sizes/measurements: I have to write stuff down to remember it. So I write the sizes for my husband, kids and I down, as well as anyone else I might buy a gift/treasure for. Nothing like finding a great shirt for grandpa but then not knowing what size he wears!
Also, I know my favorite brands AND how they fit me/kids. I know that JCrew tshirts run huge on me and that I need a certain waist size in designer jeans vs. Old Navy jeans. I really hate trying stuff on so it is imperative that I know my sizes. Also handy to know European sizing, especially for designer shoes or brands like Lacoste and Boden.
I hope you find these tips helpful and you find a treasure too! Stay tuned for Tip 2 next Tuesday!!