Shopping second hand, reusing and thrifting are the easiest ways to begin creating an ethically sustainable wardrobe and there are loads of tips online for those wanting to find out how to score a stylish charity shop outfit at a bargain price but what about thrifting specifically to refashion and upcycle?
As I only use pre-loved items in my projects I’ve become quite savvy at discovering potential in the secondhand gear that others (thankfully) disregard while thrifting. Take a peek at my Refashioning 101: Refashionista Thrifting Tips and let your imagination run wild during your next trip to the charity shop.
1. Size is never an issue when thrifting to refashion. Scan the racks for fabrics that speak to you, if you love the material of a garment but the style/fit doesn’t suit you it can easily be transformed into something that does.
2. Check absolutely every section. I’ve discovered fabulous prints in the kid’s area that can be chopped out to create groovy appliques or patches and menswear is marvelous for muted tones and classic fabrics.
3. The textile department is chock full of awesome material. Amazing projects can be created out of those wonderfully patterned and embroidered table cloths, bedsheets, curtains, doilies and handkerchiefs!
4. Have a sift through the piles of quirky costume jewellery. Those tacky bits of bijou can easily be upcycled into fantastic one of a kind accessories.
5. If the shoes fit get them! Finding comfortable footwear is always a challenge so if you’re fortunate enough to discover the perfect fit, a not-your-style look is easy to fix.
6. Get to know your charity shop staff, a smile and friendly chat about thrifting and upcycling can most definitely bring you some awesome deals + a peek through the back room treasure trove!
I’ve heard so many silly and just plain illogical reasons from anti-thrifters for NOT shopping secondhand that I thought a wee bit of an educational video was in order. Meet my amusing cast of characters and discover why thrifting and reusing should be an important part of everyone’s life:
Check out my entire Refashioning 101 series right here.