Ever since I read the post about thrifting on Shoppr (shoutout to Ming and Lulla for coming up with that post and getting me into the whole thrifting habit!) I decided to see for myself if the Malaysian thrifting scene is any good. Because, why spend so much money on high waisted shorts when the same things can be found in thrift shops? High waisted items were all the rage in the past too, anyways. Honestly, the thrift shops in Malaysia are pretty mediocre compared to the ones in the Western countries (if the videos I watch online on Youtube are accurate), but there are definitely gems to be spotted if you look closely enough! I even brought a few of my friends to thrift with me and they weren’t disappointed as well. If you know me, I’m always on the lookout for great steals and I simply just love looking good on a budget, hence the Taobao craze that I went through (and still am going through, pst!) I’ve been getting a few questions about thrifting on my Ask.fm and I thought to myself, why not make a full fledged blogpost giving you guys some tips and tricks on how to score great thrift finds on your own!! Did this catch your attention yet? Read on if you’re interested to find out!
1) ALWAYS KNOW YOUR WAIST SIZE
This is essential when it comes to buying bottoms. I know a lot of people who don’t even know their waist size! Baffling, isn’t it? The bottoms in the thrift shops have the waist sizes written on the tags, and knowing your own waist size makes shopping for bottoms 100% easier.
2) IF YOU LOVE IT, TAKE IT
If you spot anything that catches your eye, JUST GRAB IT and put it inside your shopping basket, or else you might never find it again. This happened to me once before, I was contemplating buying a top but forwent it in the end and the next time I headed to the thrift shop, I couldn’t find it anymore. Sobs.
The two items which I never saw anymore.
Seriously, even if a piece of clothing item looks horrendous on the hanger, it might look different once you’ve tried it on! I’ve encountered this many times when a top looked horrible hung up but paired with different clothing items it actually looked pretty good!
4) GET CREATIVE
Always think of ways of how you can customize your pieces. Can you cut a pair of denim jeans to become shorts? Can you DIY a pair of ripped jeans? Can you take in a skirt that’s too big? Let your imagination run wild, fashion shouldn’t be constricting.
5) BE PATIENT
There are rows and rows of racks with clothes on them that require quite some time to go through and you don’t wanna miss out on a great steal. For you girls with impatient boyfriends, it’s probably best to leave them at home with their PS4’s this time round. I personally prefer shopping alone as I find it really stress releasing and therapeutic. Just pop on your earphones, put your favorite playlist on and you’re good to go!
6) DRESS DOWN
Trust me on this, wear simple outfits when you go thrifting. The first time I ever went thrifting I wore a maxi dress that had a zip and it was horrible to change in and out of. I say, opt for a short dress or a tank top with leggings/shorts. You definitely want to prioritize comfort and easy accessibility when you’re trying on dozens of clothes.
7) EXPLORE & EXPERIMENT
There can be really great finds in the men’s and children’s section as well, so don’t be scared to go through the racks there. I personally have found really nice flannels (the real kinds of flannels, not thin cotton shirts with checkers on them) in the men’s and jackets in the little boys’ sections.
8) CHECK BEFORE YOU CHECKOUT
This is really really important when you’re buying preloved items. Check for any stains, loose threads, missing buttons and broken zips. You don’t want to end up buying an item without checking only to realize that you’ve actually burnt money on some bad quality pieces.
9) CASH ONLY
Thrift stores are nowhere near the Zara, Forever 21 and H&M retailers that we’re used to. Most of the time these shops are located in little shoplots and are really simple looking, so it’s highly unlikely that they have a credit card machine for you to swipe
10) HAVE FUN!!
Fashion is all about exploring and experimenting with the different styles and outfits you can put together. If you’re one to always wear floral dresses, try putting together an edgy outfit! You never know whether you’re able to pull it off or not. Ultimately, fashion should be about feeling good in your clothes so take all the time you need, there’s no time constraint!
21, Jalan Ampang,
68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia
I hope these little pointers are able to help you guys one way or another, let me know if you’d like some more of these thrift posts, I’m thinking of showcasing the pieces I thrifted through lookbooks or something, how does that sound! Happy Thrifting!
, by Camillia Lim