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5 Plus Size Thrifting Tips, Part I

5 Plus Size Thrifting Tips on The Curvy Fashionista

Hey there! I’m happy to be back today because I get to talk about something near and dear to me – thrfting! Yes, I am a self-proclaimed thrifting aficionado and whenever I can share thrifitng tips with fellow thrifters or newbie thrifters, I’m a happy girl! I’m really excited to share my tips and thoughts on how to thrift as a plus size shopper. But before I get into those specifics, I think understanding how to thrift is important.

5 Plus Size Thrifting Tips on The Curvy Fashionista

So let’s get into!

Here are my 5 basic Plus Size Thrifting Tips:

  1. Have a Budget – I believe that once you have a shopping/thrifting list, your budget will help you prioritize which items are most important. 
  2. Make Time – Depending on your thrifting list and the size of the store, a thrifting trip can take anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Pack Light – When it comes to dressing for thrift shopping, the lighter the better! Sometimes thrift stores don’t have dressing rooms so be prepared to try on items while shopping. A pair of leggings and a t-shirt are the best staples for thrift shopping. Depending on the weather, I sometimes leave my coat in the car too.
  4. Bring a Friend – Weather you’re shopping in the mall or at the thrift store, it’s always better with a friend! Bring someone who is honest, enjoyable and patient with you.  
  5. Be Patient – Ha, this should have been #1! It’s important to understand that thrifitng takes time and effort. Be prepared to go on a treasure hunt! And don’t get discouraged – in the end you’ll come out with some pretty amazing and unique pieces!

Again, it’s important to understand these thrifting basics before you head out. As an avid thrifter, I still do 1-5. It makes thrifting less stressful and much more fun! Next time, I’ll share more thrifting tips specially for plus size shoppers. Until then, take care and if you have any thrift questions, feel free to Shoot me an email!

What are some of your Thrifting Tips you share with your girls? Let us know! Sharing is Caring!

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  1. Alagia Felix

    February 7, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    emphasis on PATIENCE. lol…truly is a Virtue when thrifting.

    also, holiday thrifting may yield a happier you. Sales, at a thrift store…..nothing better!

    • Whitney 'Nic' James

      February 7, 2014 at 4:54 AM

      This is very true, Alagia! Patience is key. 😉 And there’s nothing better than a holiday thrift sale(s)! 🙂

    • Marie Denee

      February 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO True! With all clothing shopping, I find this to be entirely TRUE! LOL

  2. Bianca K. Vaccarini

    February 7, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Try everything on. Sizing has changed so much over the past 20 or so years. Even if you aren’t a Medium or a Large, if it looks like it may fit…try it on!

    • Marie Denee

      February 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      AMEN!!!! You are sooo right about this, but not even in thrifting, but period! 🙂

    • Whitney 'Nic' James

      February 7, 2014 at 11:31 AM

      YES! I try on everything, lol.

  3. Antionette Blake

    February 7, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Great tips. I prefer to go solo so I can take my time and I don’t usually try on anything and don’t just shop the marked sizes as you can find hidden treasures all throughout the racks.

    • Whitney 'Nic' James

      February 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Solo thrift trips are fun too! I tend to get more distracted when I’m alone tho, lol! Weird, huh?

  4. thirties girl

    February 8, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    I’ve given SOOOO many of my clothes away to Goodwill, I’m sure I’ve helped outfit several plus size women.

    • Whitney 'Nic' James

      February 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      That’s great – I donate often too! 🙂

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