I’ve become some sort of a thrifting queen lool.
I only started thrifting seriously because of my mom; I wanted to buy jeans but I didn’t have a lot of money so she took me to her favorite spot to thrift in Oshodi. You can say that my eye haff open to the wonders of affordable clothing from brands from around the world.
Since then, I’ve gone thrifting a couple of times and filmed three thrift hauls on my Youtube channel. I get questions all the time about where to thrift and how to thrift and I decided to put together a post listing the 5 things you need to know to thrift like a pro. I hope these tips and tricks help you to become the best thrifter you can be!
1. Know exactly what you want to buy before you leave the house
If you don’t know what you want, you’ll end up buying a lot of stuff that you don’t need because it’s affordable and looks good. Have a mental list of what clothing items you want to buy before you leave the house. That way, you know exactly what you’re looking for and you won’t get distracted from that seller screaming how he has tissue tops for N100. Also, many of these thrift markets are split into different sections and if you know what you want, you spend less time walking around and exploring. You just head straight to what you want, buy and go.
2. Take your time to explore, dig and get good stuff
Thrifting is like searching for gold. You have to take your time to look through every single thing to find the ‘wow’ item. And even when you find that thing that made you stop, make sure you check if the color has faded, if the zips are alright and if there are no lose seems. You don’t want to buy items that look like they deserve to be thrown away. You’re looking for something that deserves a second chance in your wardrobe.
3. Wake up and head out early
My best thrift finds are always on Monday mornings at 9/10am. You have to get there early so you can be present when they are opening the bale (the bag all the clothes are in) for the first time that week. You get to see all the fresh stuff the seller has and you’re less likely to have competition so early in the morning. Another good day for fresh things is Wednesday mornings.
4. Don’t be afraid of the bus stops in your neighbourhood
You don’t have to go to Yaba or Oshodi to thrift for nice clothing. You can always find a few thrift sellers at your closest bus stop. The only difference is there are usually a little pricer (as they bought those clothes from the main people in the market) but they are usually at a higher quality (they literally pick the best of the best to come and sell it closer to home). The best time to check out some bus stop thrift sellers is in the evening aka the night market. If you’re not in a hurry to get to your next bus, take some time to see explore a little bit and see what your bus stop has for you.
5. Don’t be afraid of something that excites you but it’s not your style
This is mostly a fashion tip but I relate it to thrifting as well. If you find something that stops you, makes you think about it but you’re not sure it’s your style? Buy it and try it out. Use thrifting as a way to explore your fashion and try out things you would have never bought before. For me, it’s my new denim mini skirt. I’m looking for every reason to wear this item. You would never catch me in a mini skirt but now, I look for an excuse to wear it all the time.
Those are my five steps for thrifting like a pro! Do let me know what you think about this post and share your other thrift tips and tricks as well.