THRIFTING 101

Hi, my name's Portia and I love Thrifting!



I'm just a lover of fashion on a very tight budget. Most of the time I'm not able to afford items that I really love and I think its crazy to spend more than N3000 on a top.
So I look for more affordable ways to look good.
I've gotten a number of emails concerning the items I tag 'Thrifted' and where I get them so I decided to do a post to answer most of the questions on Thrifting.
Here in Nigeria, we have a lot of poor quality and mass-produced clothing and I refuse to spend my money on them.
So I resort to buying clothes from online stores or thrift store where great quality is guaranteed.

THRIFTING
When one visits several different thrift shops, second-hand shops, and vintage clothing stores in the hopes of buying several items of cheap and unusual clothing and other items. 
THRIFT STORES
Thrift Stores are resale shops that sell used goods (sometimes new if you’re lucky!)

If you've done it before, chances are you love it. If you think you hate it, you probably haven’t done it before. Thrifting goes beyond our average shopping experience because it invites us into an uncharted ground of vintage treasures and buried goods that are unlike anything we’d find in major retail stores. As long as you go in with an open mind and lots of time, you’ll quickly discover that second-hand doesn't always mean second-rate.
Here are the top 5 reasons for hitting up your local thrift store this weekend:

One-of-a-kind items. 
The magic of thrifting comes from the fact that a lot of the things you find are most often the only ones of their kind.

Balling on a budget.
 Let’s face it, no one can resist a good discount. Thrifting gives you the thrilling opportunity to buy designer finds at a mere fraction of their original price. There’s no better way to keep your wallet happy and your closet full!

Environmentally friendly. 
This industry thrives on reusing and recycling clothes, accessories, furniture and more, so shop with the comfort of knowing that you’re helping to reduce the impact of waste on the environment.

The quality is on a different level.
I am going to be honest here, clothing today is made pretty cheap. Unless you can afford to buy high-end designers, most clothing stores have taken on the principal of cheap chic or disposable clothing. The one thing I love about vintage is that the quality is there, making the garment last much longer.

Creative stylist’s goldmine
Browsing through racks of vintage ensembles is like jumping into a fashion time machine. Not only do you get a hands-on look at what our couture-conscious predecessors wore, but you also get to think about re-purposing vintage finds into modern, wearable pieces or for personal design projects.






TIPS

Keep an open mind
Don’t go thrifting looking for anything specific.Keep your wants and needs in mind, but shop with an open mind. It’s more important to know your tastes and your fit, so you can be flexible when an awesome piece crosses your path.

Go Often
I like to go thrifting as often as I can. Most times I come back empty handed but other times I come with bags full. Don't feel disappointed when you don't find anything, just keep trying.

Be patient, but picky.Know what you like and it will come to you. And if it doesn't, you didn't realize it was there anyway.

Give back.
Once those clothes have made the rounds in your wardrobe, and you’re cleaning out your closet, make sure you take a nice big box back to the donation centre or someone in need of clothes.


WHERE TO FIND THRIFT STORES

Some thrift stores with locations around the United States are Goodwill and The Salvation Army.

In Nigeria, there aren't alotta Charity Shops (thinking of starting one) but there are lots of stores that sell second-hand clothing. It would be very easy to locate one near you. For those of you in Abuja, there are a few stores in Utako and Wuse markets that carry affordable clothings. Most of the time, these clothes have never been worn cos I've scored quite of number of clothings with their labels still on.

Hope this helps in anyway. Further questions should be sent to my email ---- pinkportia91@gmail.com

Good luck and happy hunting!




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HAVE A GREAT NIGHT!

Ciao darlings!
xoxo
Portia

THANKS FOR VISITING MY BLOG.

38 comments

  1. Great tips! I love thrifting too :) It's the best way to find high quality pieces on a low budget! Great post :)

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  2. BooBoo! Nice 1! I also thrift a lot! Rembr our outing 1ce from Barr. Nwankwo's shit journeys. Nice dear! Keep telling gals to get affordable cloths witout ripping dier arms n legs trying to go way above dier limits

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  3. Hi I'm jennifer I stay in Owerri in Nigeria,do u know any thrifting stores here?if yes pls refer me thanks.

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    1. Eke Onunwa in Douglas Road. As if u don't know already. U Owerri girls can form sha.

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  4. Great tips. I love love love love thrifting! It is an obsession of mine:-)
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  5. Nice one dear. I L♥√ع thrifting, infact I got a zara top for just 1500 few weeks back n its never bin used.....for those of U̶̲̥̅̊ in lagos, visit ijk shops,dey've fat designer wears at pocket friendly prices

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    1. I like the idea a lot and it's somthing a lot of ladies should look into. Where is IJK store in lagos a better description in needed

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    2. Please where's IJK o?

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    3. Ikj is Ikeja,the capital of Lagos

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    4. Ijk stores is on itire road jst befor lawanson bustop, 99 itire rd surulere

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  6. Sometimes, the best clothes are sold in thrift stores

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  7. ♥♥♥ amazing ! perfect post

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  8. Pls where is ijk stores?since porsh doesn't want to reply my question.

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    1. There's 1 here in surulere,lawanson to be presice very close to ma house. Do they sell second hand cloths there cos I buy cloths there a lot and have not seen any second hand cloth there o

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  9. I totally get u dear, I'm not one to shy away from thrift stores, its really good especially when you are on a low budget.

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  10. Great tips...I love thrifting, but not much around my area.

    xoxo
    Stella

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  11. Beautiful post!!! Definitely linking this post to my blog.

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  12. hmmm... never tot of thriftinh but i will now
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    1. Buiti, are u seriously telling me u've never thrifted b4? U should try it ASAP my dear. It saves a lot.

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    2. Where is ijk stores in lag.sm1 speak 2us oooo

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    3. Yes o ijk shop is at surulere and there's another in ikeja opposite airport hotel, obafemi awolowo way

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  13. I love thrifting, it saves me a lot though I believe you can buy a to more than 3k depending on the quality.Got these Dorothy perkins patent leather pointed pumps last week at an unimaginably affordable price,can't wait to rock it. Great tips dear, hope you are no longer depressed about the whole school stuffs?

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  14. Nice post, its always fun when you go with someone who enjoys it too.

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  15. OMG what a huge store!
    I love thrifting and these are great tips!
    xoxo.

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  16. You hit the nail right my dear. I dont do high end boutiques. I just thrift my way to fabulosity. Great write-up!

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  17. Really like this post and oh that feeling wen u find smtn brand new @ the thrift store.

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  18. i love thrift shopping also, and i do it weekly with my friends :)

    It’s a GIRL Thing

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  19. Girl, i love thrifting. I love mixing Vintage pieces with High street. X

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  20. Think dats my next line of action#bigsmile#thrift all the way#

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  21. Thrift all d way,thnks for d tip hon

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  22. Is there any fashion blogger more real and humble than Portia? My answer is no. Great post and very informative.

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  23. Oh yeah girl.I thrift a too.i like to mix new pieces with like thrifted pants or jeans.u can hardly tell and tht way you dont go out of ur way to look gd.

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  24. For someone lyk me that luvs shoppin I luv thrifting.

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  25. Very nice post...where can I find thrift stores in ph...anyone?

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  26. Thrifting is an obsession of mine. Lively post.
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  27. Nice one dear... but in Abuja the thrift shops in Utako, Wuse and Garki Market are so expensive, you'll begin to wonder if you are actually getting your money's worth.

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