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    Watch at: 00:00 / 00:00:20[Music]hey guys and welcome to all rightthey're already 20 P signs in this videohey guys and welcome to a very longoverduethrifting tips video now you guys knowme as somebody whose risks a lot but forthe majority of my life I was one ofthose people who could not for the lifeWatch at: 00:20 / 00:40of me get into thrifting I just found itso frustrating I could never findsomething that I actually liked itreally wasn't until college that I gotinto three thing and I felt like Ideveloped my thrifting skill set sotoday I wanted to share my tips with youguyshopefully whether you are gettingstarted with drifting or your bit oflike an advanced thrifter and you wantsome pro tips from somebody who's doingit for a very long time I have somethingWatch at: 00:40 / 01:00helpful to offer it's gonna be a juicyvideo she Zoe meeting um how did I justact like I was squeezing a boob before Ijump in though I didn't want to saythere has been some like discussionabout whether thrifting as like a trendything rather than out of economicnecessity is fair to people who actuallyrely on thrift stores as their mainWatch at: 01:00 / 01:20source of clothing I do think that is animportant issue to be sensitive aboutand I would love to hear your guys'sexperiences if it has personallyaffected you or your family but I mustsay overall only around 20% of clothingthat gets donated the thrift stores isactually sold and the rest has to go torecycling plans or get sold to resalemarkets in third-world countries sooverall there is still incredible supplyWatch at: 01:20 / 01:40of secondhand clothing that isn't beingbuy an overall I do think it is a netgood if we get more people thriftinglike when I was in high school it wasall about like who could affordAbercrombie who had their like ugg bootsand now it's super cool to see peoplebeing proud of clothing that they boughtfor an affordable price being proud ofclothing that they bought secondhand andalso just like expressing their styleWatch at: 01:40 / 02:00through really unique function pieces umoh I just wish that I had that when Iwas younger and of courseenvironmentally I think it's great thatpeople are buying a secondhand insteadof new stuff however as their stores dobit more popular I think that we can allpitch in by leaving thrift stores betterthan we found them if there is clothingon the ground pick it up and put it backon the rack if you try something on oryou have clothes that you don't wantWatch at: 02:00 / 02:20anymoreput them back exactly where you foundthem in the correct sections justgenerally be kind of respectful to theemployees like here's Satan here's youif you're rude to an employee working ata service job so just keep that in mindI think that we can all do our best tomake thrift storesgood place for everybody so with thatbeing said let's jump into my tips now Ithink one of the most commonmisconceptions about the right thing isWatch at: 02:20 / 02:40that you can only do it at your localchain thrift stores but there areactually so many different ways that youcan buy clothing secondhand so today I'mgonna walk you guys through tips for allof them so first up here are my tips forhunting down a good regular thrift storein order to figure out where you shouldgo thrifting you kind of have to figureout which end of the spectrum you wantto look for are you looking for vintageclothing or are you looking forcontemporary clothing at a cheaper priceWatch at: 02:40 / 03:00so if you're searching for vintageclothing you got to go where the oldpeople are you got to go to where thereare families out in the suburbs you canlook up online the counties orneighborhoods in your area and look upthe average age demographic and you canalso look up the average income so youwant a high income and a higher averageage or if you want to sneak a littleWatch at: 03:00 / 03:20shortcut you can just look up countryclothes and shop in those areas or ifyou are a real estate hell like me youcan go on Zillow and look at propertyvalues and then set your minimum to likehalf a million dollars or something andsee where homes pop up or if you're inLA all of the homes are worth like amillion dollars or more so you got to golike 1.5 million and above there you goWatch at: 03:20 / 03:40you found yourself some rich people alsothis could be used as a guide to findingout which houses you should Rob butdon't do thatthe only steals were doing here arethrift stores fields because we got somegood deals oh that ride barsMacklemore watch out a new thrift storerapper is in town anyways hi what was IWatch at: 03:40 / 04:00saying but on the other hand if you arethrifting for more contemporary clothinggo to where like 20 somethingprofessionals live which tends to belike more downtown or in kind of like atrendy area once you've found a storetry thrifting on the weekdays instead ofthe weekends I know it's not possiblefor everybody with a nine-to-five but Ithink you'll often find that there is aWatch at: 04:00 / 04:20higher volume of donations before likethe big rush of customers have come onthe weekends now this part is where Idip like a little bit neurotic but ifyou are serious about finding good go tothrift stores I would recommend keepinga thrift store log and basically you cankeep like a Notes app on your phone itdoesn't have to be that complicated butevery single time you go to a new thriftstore write down the quality of each ofWatch at: 04:20 / 04:40the sections often there isn't onethrift store that's good foreverything but there is like a thriftstore that has really well organizedmen's t-shirts or one thrift store thathas like a lot of ball gowns and promdresses so if you note which section isbest in each a thrift store you can savetime by just making a beeline to thatone section that you like and you canalso note which days are the best forWatch at: 04:40 / 05:00each thrift store if you really want toget advance you can ask the employeeswhen they do their biggest three stocksmost thrift stores will kind of likerestock throughout the day but theremight be one day where they get the mostdonations and then it might take likeanother day for them to turn over thestock and organize it in the store andthen that is the day that you should goshopping or if you're too embarrassed todo that like me you can just go onWatch at: 05:00 / 05:20multiple days and note which days werethe best for shopping there of course atthe end of the day sometimes it is justreally hard and time-consuming to findphysical places to thrift that youactually really like so another greatoption is online rating this portion ofthe video is sponsored by thredUPI have worked with them so many timesbefore even when I'm not sponsored bythem I love shopping at them becauseWatch at: 05:20 / 05:40it's just such a fricking convenient wayto thrift basically they make itpossible to thrift from your bed whichI'm not complaining about they'rebasically just a giant online thriftstore do you guys always ask me for mytips on how I find cute stuff on thredUPthough so I thought I would tell youright now what it intro Ashley so firstup I take advantage of the write-upsfiltering the feature it basicallyWatch at: 05:40 / 06:00allows you to input your size in likebottoms tops dresses shoes so that youonly have to look at clothing that youalready know will fit you but you canalso filter by color brand price styleso normally how I shop is by brand Ialways think about what brands age wellso for example something likeAbercrombie might not be the best toWatch at: 06:00 / 06:20search on thredUP because there's gonnabe a lot of shirts from like the early2000s those hoodies that might not besuper in style versus something likeMadewell j.crew anthropology free peopleI still really like their clothing fromlike 5 to 10 years ago that ends up onthredUPalso no surprise but one of my favoritebrands to search is Urban Outfitters Ihave actually found multiple items onWatch at: 06:20 / 06:40thredUP that I saw like literally a yearago in-store Urban Outfittersfor example I got this skirt I literallyhave aOh of me trying on this exact skirt atUrban Outfitters I thought it was asuper cute skirt and I was like nearlyready to buy it new but I'm glad Ididn't because this was originallyestimated to cost around $45 and I gotit for $9Watch at: 06:40 / 07:00I also picked up this dress from UrbanOutfitters which honestly looks likesomething they would have carried thispast spring /summerit was originally estimated to cost $60and I got it for 12 so besides that Iwill also always search for TommyHilfiger and poor Polo Ralph LaurenLauren Lauren okaythis was like an old meme in my oldvideos I can never pronounce Li RenWatch at: 07:00 / 07:20right is it Lauren or Lauren I don't[ __ ] know still and I'm 21 now theseare two classic brands that I feel likeI've aged very well and you can alsosearch the men's section for these andfind some really cute like quarter zipsor sweaters that look very like preppyand classy so for example I got thisTommy Hilfiger sweater for $18 and itwas originally estimated to cost aroundWatch at: 07:20 / 07:40129 I just find that Tommy Hilfiger andPolo Ralph Lauren always have reallyclassic colors classic silhouettes andit's material that is very sturdy so itages well over time next I will alsosearch for vintage brands and this islike my sneakiest tip because I feellike not many people think of this butthere are certain brands that are notnecessarily that cute today or there areWatch at: 07:40 / 08:00some brands that like literally don'texist anymore but they made really cuteclothing back in like the 80s orsomething so when I thrift an article ofclothing that I really like for examplethese were like my favorite greenpleated pants these are from LizClaiborne Liz Sport which is a brand Inever would have been like oh let meshop Liz Claiborne today but it turnsWatch at: 08:00 / 08:20out if I search on thredUPfor Liz Claiborne I can find a bunch ofother really cool vintage pieces thathave a kind of similar like tailoredsilhouette to them other vintage brandsI like searching for are classics on Tair I got this turtleneck from them awhile back on thredUPand Ann Taylor Loft has a lot of goodolder clothing so for example I gotthese pleated pants for twelve dollarsWatch at: 08:20 / 08:40when they were originally estimated tocost around sixty like the Reformationhow I am I will also always do a littlesearch for Reformation and see ifthredUP has anything in my size I knowReformation it's a little bit booty errthan the rest of the clothing that we'retalking about here but I do like buyingit off of thredUPbecause they like triple check thequality of all of their items a lot ofin clothing there is actually new withWatch at: 08:40 / 09:00tags so for example I got this gorgeousgreen Reformation dress it literallystill has the tag on it somebody boughtit for two hundred eighteen dollars andI got it for 120 on thread up so I saveda hundred dollars just by buying itsecondhandso those are the main brands that Isearch for but another tip is if youdon't find anything in your size thatyou like you can go one size up and thenWatch at: 09:00 / 09:20search for tops and kind of likeoversized sweaters or maybe even dressesthat you could alter into something thatyou like another tip is basically whenyou're shopping on thredUP when you addsomething to your basket they will holdit for you for 24 hours to make suresomebody else doesn't buy it so I willscroll through a bunch of differentpages and add anything that catches myeye to my cart and then like a coupleWatch at: 09:20 / 09:40hours later after I'm done searching Iwould go through my car and it has likea thousand dollars worth of stuff and Iwill just remove anything that I don'tlike and through a process ofeliminationI will come to like what are my favoritepieces that I actually want to buy andmy final tip is that if you want to geta discount you can use my code BestDressed for thirty percent off yourfirst order okay thanks again to throwWatch at: 09:40 / 10:00it up onto the rest of my first thingtips my next type of store is via thriftstore outlet now this is where they takeclothing as the next step after itdoesn't get sold and a Maine thriftstore they'll take it to like this bigwarehouse where you can buy clothing bythe pound it's super cheap it's like $1to $3 per pound of clothing now you dohave to like huntWatch at: 10:00 / 10:20none of the clothing is hung up so youhave to dig through these big bins tofind stuff but I have been surprised atthe stuff I've been able to find I [ __ ]you not one time I found a ChristianDior cami in the bins my one tip is tobring gloves I went there and I made arookie mistake and I guys nearlyeverybody else they're having loves totake through the bins because theWatch at: 10:20 / 10:40clothing can be like quite dirty orstained or just like abrasive on yourhands so it's nice to you wearprotection next up we have vintagestores which you guys Cauley know whatthey are they're basically like a morecurated version of thrift stores theprices run around 20 to like $200depending on how serrated a selection itWatch at: 10:40 / 11:00is basically what you're paying for hereis the fact that you don't have to takethe time to go through a thrift storeand somebody has already selected reallycute items for you I don't shop atvintage stores too much because I doenjoy like the funrifting but vintage denim is like my onenemesis that I cannot find for the lifeof me at a regular thrift store sovintage stores are my go-to for findingWatch at: 11:00 / 11:20those good like vintage Levi's LeeWrangler jeans no just thing about thatdon't joke about them what type of jeansdoes Mario wear denim denim denim SuperMario Bros kids understand anotheroption is we markets and I honestlythink this is such a fun way to spendlike a day by yourself or with a date orwith a friendWatch at: 11:20 / 11:40since most flea markets don't havefitting rooms for you I'd recommendwearing either like a body con dress orleggings and a tighter tank top so ifyou find something you like you can tryit on there like at the stall withoutflashing anybody make sure you bringcash because that is what most sellersprefer and you can also have the optionof haggling with sellers most prices arenegotiable at flea markets like I don'tWatch at: 11:40 / 12:00personally do this because I have beenlike a vintage reseller before and Irespect all of the work that goes intoselecting items and standing at yourstall and trying to sell it but if youare in a budget or you don't think theirprice is there you can try and negotiatewith them a little bit estate sales areone of my favorite ways to thrift that alot of people don't really know aboutWatch at: 12:00 / 12:20basically it is like a garage sale butfor like wealthy old people generallyyou can find these by just googlingestate sale in your city and there arelike whole listing websites that areexclusively made for listing estatesales where they will have photos and adescription so make sure before you goto the estate sale that there is eitherlike a photo of a closet or in theWatch at: 12:20 / 12:40description it says that they havewomen's clothing or jewelry because alot of the state sales are morefurniture or antique oriented so youwant to make sure that you're going toone that has a clothing selection estatesales pretty much always occur over theweekend so you should go on Friday orSaturday if you want to get the bestselection of items but if you go onSunday later in the afternoon you willWatch at: 12:40 / 13:00be able to haggle the prices downfurther because at the very end of thesale they just like want to get rid ofall that stuff depends on your ex therewhether you want to haggle prices withlike an old person moving out of theirhome generally I would just go earlierand pay the whole price but it's allabout supply and demand baby estatesales do take a lot of work because youhave to drive around your entire town toWatch at: 13:00 / 13:20like all of these random suburbs but itcan be a really fun waychange it up from your regular thriftstores and it's a great way to hunt forvintage clothing and sometimes designerclothing that has been cared for verywell over its lifetime and I alsosecretly love looking at like the realestate I just like like going intopeople's homes and like looking at theirdecor and their architecture too that'sWatch at: 13:20 / 13:40probably really creepy um I don't knowit's fun to kind of like vicariouslylive this like bougie life I went to onein Beverly Hills and I have like themost ridiculous bedroom I've ever seen Idon't know it was just like super coolto experience again this could be a tipfor robbing somebody's house but pleasedon't do thathey guys still to NEP signs it is dayWatch at: 13:40 / 14:00two of filming this video becausedespite what it looks like I am actuallyincredibly inarticulate in real life soI takes me like four hours to gathertogether a cohesive narrative for avideo anyways now that we covered allthe different places you can thrift Iwanted to talk about my actual strategyfor like hunting through the racks andfinding that like one cute item in theWatch at: 14:00 / 14:20abyss of really random like promotionaltrucker t-shirts for like 2005 so themost common advice you'll hear is to puton a podcast and some music andliterally just take the time to flipthrough every single item I feel likedrifting is almost always a game of likewho just doesn't give up because it is alot of work to find actually good stuffbut the only way you can find it is byWatch at: 14:20 / 14:40actually putting in the work to flipthrough the racks don't forget to lookat every section as well everyone knowsto look at the men's section now ofcourse but don't forget about the decorthe jewelry the accessories you knowwhat's underrated though is the pajamasection um a lot of people avoid itbecause it's like hidden between likenurses scrubs and bras that you mightWatch at: 14:40 / 15:00not want to buy secondhand but inbetween all those items is where youfind all of the cute like silky VictoriaSecret camis and dresses yes sometimesit does we're in yell but like maybepeople had sex in those but uh just putit in the washer and you'll be fine nowI do think this kind of brute forcemethod of looking through every singleitem is a great strategy when you'restarting out and you're not really surewhat styles you're looking for yet youWatch at: 15:00 / 15:20really just want to explore and look atas many options as possible however inorder to save time now that I am morefamiliar with the types of clothing thatI like at thrift storesI actually don't look at every singleitem instead I skim the edges and narrowthings downbased on the color and material so Ionly like actually will take the time toWatch at: 15:20 / 15:40pick up a piece of clothing that fitsthose criteria if that makes sense sobasically to start out I look at thecolors at the edges of the rack and youcan already eliminate some clothingthere I avoid clothing that in reallybright kind of like cheesy 2000s colorslike cobalt blue orange right green andinstead I look for more muted tones orWatch at: 15:40 / 16:00pastel colors here is like a palette ofall of the colors that I look for ofcourse a classic white or black a boldred dark green mustard yellow pastelsvintage floral colors polka dots andoccasionally I will look for bright pinkbecause I feel like it's very like MeanGirls cheeks of course everybody hasdifferent color preferences some peoplelike those bright colors but I wouldjust go in in advance with like a mentalWatch at: 16:00 / 16:19note of what colors you're looking forat the same time when I'm looking at theedge of the wrap I'll consider thematerial now some materials just agedreally well in a thrift store they'reclassic they're high-quality they'resupple even though that's like a grossword and some materials just feel verycheap or they don't age well over timethe materials that I always look for areWatch at: 16:19 / 16:40silk cashmere if you are looking at acashmere sweater check the entiresweater to make sure it doesn't haveholes in it because I found that theyget these tiny little pinholes reallyeasily if you don't store cashmereproperly I think they're like moth holesI also look for velvet corduroy lacestiff vintage denim that's 100 percentWatch at: 16:40 / 17:00cotton and even more common materialslike Jersey which is that stretchymaterial that you find on sweatshirts ort-shirts or cotton age quite wellmaterials that I avoid are polyester butespecially that like one type of forever21 polyester if you guys thrift a lotwere shopped at forever 21 like back inthe day you know what I'm talking aboutWatch at: 17:00 / 17:20acrylic knits are also something I avoidthis is like the material that moreaffordable 5 or 21 H&M sweaters are madeout of and over time it becomes likescratchy ER and scratchier and it alsopeels very easily and I avoid suedethat's kind of sweaty or stained thatneeds to be washed I learned the hardway that washing suede is sanelyexpensive because you can't just pay forWatch at: 17:20 / 17:40a regular dry cleaner you have to payfor a leather specialist for example Ithrifted thisand I wanted to get it cleaned and theytold me it would be a hundred and fiftydollars which is about five times morethan I paid for the jacket itself so atthis point I've just been wearing itlike kind of sweaty and dirty becauseit's not worth paying that much in myopinion to get it cleanedWatch at: 17:40 / 18:00so yeah just factored that cost ofcleaning in if you are gonna buy suedethat's not in good condition over timeto become better at identifying thematerials based on just the littlesliver that like hangs off the edge ofthe rack so at this point I can justskim through the edges of Iraq and knowlike by I what silk and what's cashmereand then I can take a closer look atthose items and that saves me so muchWatch at: 18:00 / 18:20time because I can already eliminate allthese colors and materials that I don'tlike I'll also always make sure to checknear the fitting rooms or near mirrorswhich is where people will put backclothes that they already tried on so itsounded like somebody pre-selected itfor you because they thought it was atleast good enough to try on alsothroughout thrift stores there are theserandom disorganized racks and these arenew racks of clothing that they haven'tsorted into the rest of the thrift storeWatch at: 18:20 / 18:40yet so it's a place where you can getfirst dibs on something that nobody elsehas looked at yet a tip for gettingthrough the denim section faster is tomemorize the back pocket embroidery ofyour favorite denim brands so for me Ialways look for Levi's which is thislittle v-shape on the butt Wranglers andLee because those are the ones that arereputed to have the best likehigh-waisted straight leg vintage stylesWatch at: 18:40 / 19:00but like if you're looking for a moremodern silhouette you want some likeAmerican Eagle jeans memorize theAmerican Eagle logo so that when you goin and flip through the racks you canreally quickly identify where the jeansare from also most of them will have youknow the brand name on a label on theback so that's also pretty easy but itdoes save you a little bit of time ifyou know the back pocket logos by heartand my final tip is to be willing to DIYWatch at: 19:00 / 19:20or alter or style clothes in a creativeway to make them more flattering Ialways like to go to the fitting roomand kind of play around with like tyingup my clothes tucking it into jeansseeing what it would look like with ashorter hem so I can envision how Iwould alter it here are a list of easyto alter items that I look for men'squarters ifs sweaters or hoodies then IWatch at: 19:20 / 19:40can easily just cut off with a pair ofscissors and make them into a crop topjust make sure you look for a knitfabric that won't unravel when you cutit MIDI or pencil skirts that I can heminto a miniskirt plaid 80s Blazers thatI can remove the shoulder pads from fora more modern silhouette high-waistedjeans that I can cut legs off of to turntheto cutoff shorts or even a plain t-shirtWatch at: 19:40 / 20:00that I could add a little embroidery toto make it more personalized I do have awhole thrift flip series that you guyswant to get some more ideas for how youcan alter your clothing that you find inthrift stores okay I think that bringsme to the end of this video thank theLord because I can build it for so[ __ ] long thank you guys so much forwatching I really hope that these tipswere not super obvious and they weresomewhat helpful but I think really atWatch at: 20:00 / 20:20the end of the day thrifting it's allabout practice baby it's all aboutdeveloping that I for the styles thatyou like in the styles that will be mostflattering on you so I'm only can say ishe's go out there and give it a tryI hope this encourages you guys to gothrifting if you haven't already and Iwill see you guys next week um right nowmy apartment is like completely full ofboxes and random scattered furniturebecause I'm moving to New York in likeWatch at: 20:20 / 20:40four days so I'm kind of in the middleof a cross-country move right now andI'm really just trying to try to stillpull off this video in the meantimethanks for watching as always and I willsee you guys next week bye[Music]