Ever have trouble deciding where to shop for quality clothes but don’t want to pay full price? Windy City Secrets is here to help! We interviewed a fellow student from the Windy City and asked how he has become a pro thrift shopper.
Mark, 19, Sophomore at DePaul University
Hometown: Oak Forest, Illinois
Q: What are your secrets for getting the most out of thrift shopping?
A: In my opinion, the best way to get the most out of thrift shopping is to look for clothes that fit above all else, and be flexible as to what you’re looking for.
Q: Do you generally have a budget and purpose when shopping or do you choose to go for fun?
A: Usually I have a budget in mind, but I’ll usually just grab anything that looks like it’s a good deal.
Q: What’s the best way to find places for thrift shopping?
A: One of the best ways is to just walk around your neighborhood looking for thrift stores and checking out the ones that interest you. Other than that, I use Google.
Q: Do you go to the same thrift stores, generally, or do you choose different ones every time? Also, what are your favorite thrift stores?
A: I have one or two thrift stores that I usually frequent. They’re the ones that are closest to me, and I usually find good stuff there. My favorite thrift store has got to be Plato’s closet. They’re a chain that only stocks name-brand clothes for teenagers and young adults. I almost always find some good deals when I go there.
Have other tips on how to get the most of of your thrift shopping experience? Comment below and share your thoughts with us!