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A Beginner’s Guide To Thrifting A New Fall Wardrobe

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCLA chapter.

Do you have a passion for fashion? 

Clothes are getting more and more expensive, which is putting a big hole in college students’ pockets. So, what’s the solution to this problem? The answer is simple: thrifting. Let’s talk about three thrifty ways for you to create a new fall wardrobe!

#1: OG Thrifting

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The first form of thrifting that most people associate with the term is OG, in-person thrifting. This form of thrifting includes your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. OG thrift stores are typically pretty big (around 10 times the size of your classic triple dorm), and you can find a lot of great staples and basics with OG thrifting (basic tees, jeans and sweaters). A specific example of an item that I recently found at an OG thrift store is a white square-neck bodysuit, which is a great basic that I can wear a lot. At OG thrift stores you’ll find the best bargains, but it might be harder to find on-trend pieces. 

#2: Consignment Stores

Now for the second strategy of thrifting! If you’re determined to find trendy pieces, check out a consignment store. Some great spots include Plato’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange. Consignment stores are typically the size of a boutique (around four times the size of your classic triple dorm). These stores are locally owned and they have a middleman who carefully buys trending pieces that they know their buyers will want. You can find something as simple as a cute shirt to a designer dress that will have you red carpet-ready. An item I recently found is a white corduroy puffer jacket. But, if you’re shopping for a very specific item, then listen out for the third method…

#3: Online Thrifting

The third and most marvelous method is online thrifting. Some popular spots include Depop and Poshmark. Since this option is online, you can search for absolutely everything. You can literally find anything (even if it’s as niche as a Powell Cat shirt). I’ve been able to buy some vintage Levi’s jeans through this method. This is a great option if you want to buy something secondhand, but don’t live near any OG thrift stores or consignment stores. 

Although thrifting can be stressful, I hope you found my three methods helpful. You have so many possibilities whether you want to try OG thrifting, consignment thrifting or online thrifting. Don’t feel overwhelmed! Try one method first and then try another method after getting comfortable with thrifting. You’ll probably make an unexpected find, like a souvenir t-shirt from that ‘Eras Tour’ film premiere at The Grove. You’ll definitely have a one-of-a-kind wardrobe after that. Happy thrifting!

Danielle is a second-year from Temecula, CA. Her articles range from sharing interviews with influential figures, discussing the ups and downs of being a young woman in LA, and spreading positive energy through diverse stories! Happy reading!