SHOP­PING TIPS

Fiji Sun - - July Special -

VISIT MOST STORES TO CHECK OUT THEIR OF­FER AND SET-UP: If you’re new to thrift store shop­ping, I sug­gest first look­ing up a list of all nearby lo­cal thrift stores and check­ing each one out in per­son to see what you like.

DON’T BE TOO PICKY: Most stores of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of clothes, but you’ll have the most suc­cess if you can widen your idea of what you’re look­ing for.

For in­stance, last time I had to shop for some church clothes. I had no trou­ble find­ing a few well­fit­ting skirts and tops in black and brown.

If I’d been specif­i­cally look­ing for a black short­sleeved dress, how­ever, I’m not sure I would’ve found any­thing that worked for me. Keep­ing an open mind is sure to boost your like­li­hood of com­ing home suc­cess­ful rather than dis­ap­pointed.

Con­sider try­ing on a va­ri­ety of sizes: If you’re used to do­ing most of your shop­ping at a few se­lect re­tail stores, you prob­a­bly have a good sense of what your cloth­ing size is.

Shop­ping, how­ever, is en­tirely dif­fer­ent be­cause one store con­tains a mul­ti­tude of dif­fer­ent brand­sand un­for­tu­nately, each of these brands can have dif­fer­ent ideas about what con­sti­tutes each cloth­ing size.

If you’re not hav­ing suc­cess with clothes in your “nor­mal” size, I highly rec­om­mend try­ing on clothes that are both a size big­ger and a size smaller. You may be sur­prised at what ends up fit­ting best.

AL­WAYS CHECK FOR HOLES, STAINS OR OTHER DE­FECTS Most cloth­ing is in good shape, but some­times you will find a hole, stain, or other prob­lem. Al­ways check cloth­ing be­fore you buy it. If you do find a prob­lem but still re­ally want the item, con­sider whether it’s some­thing you might be able to fix. If it’s a fan­tas­tic price, it may be worth bring­ing it home any­way on the chance that you could re­pair it your­self.

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