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thrifting 101 By: Julia Jauregui

As retro and 'vintage' apparel has become more noticed among teens in our society, thrift shops have been one of the most efficient ways to spend the least amount of money as well as broaden one's style . They have been especially busy as storms of youth look for hidden gems. As it can take hours depending on how big the store is—here are some tips to get the most out of your thrift store trip.

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#1: Always know what you are looking for before entering.

It can be easy to become overwhelmed for your first time coming into stores such as Salvation Army and Goodwill. Creating a list or screenshot ideas of a look you'd want to put together will help you stay on track.

#2. Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone.

You will never know what it will look like unless you try it on and remember to always double-check the racks. People will always leave behind unwanted items in random places.

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#3. Call the store before coming in and ask when their usual restock days are.

This way, you can get the 'newest' items firsthand. A lot of stores may restock on the daily, so you can also ask when their busiest days are. Sale days can be very crowded and hectic.

#4. Make sure to always have extra time on hand.

Unless you're shopping somewhere, employees hand-pick the clothes they sell, such as Buffalo Exchange or Plato's Closet, so it can take a while find what you like as the racks are not specific to any clothing style.

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#5. Watch out for stains and holes.

When shopping secondhand, some downsides are finding worn-out clothes, and although you can get stains out in a wash or two, make sure you examine your clothes before purchasing to know what you're getting for its price.