I'm a charity shop whizz – the 13 mistakes you should NEVER make and why buying statement pieces is a bad idea | The Sun

A CHARITY shop whizz has revealed the 13 mistakes not to make when charity shopping.

Shopping second-hand means you can get great bargains – but there are a few things to note before heading to the stores.

The first mistake is going on a weekend said Jillian Owens, the founder of the thrifting blog Refashionista – and recommends beating the crowds.

The best day is a Tuesday as it's often when shops restock donations from the weekend reports Insider.

If you have no other days to go hit the shops in the morning to beat the rush.

And if you're going to find good quality items for a fraction of the price, avoid fast-fashion companies.


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Caitlin Trantham, an avid thrifter, said she won't spend more than £8 on an item so rarely buys garments from fast-fashion brands, such as Forever 21, H&M, Zara, Fashion Nova, and others.

Instead, focus on one-of-a-kind pieces that will last.

And it's also important to look out for basics instead of one-wear items.

Caitlin said: "I often get so caught up looking for fun vintage and unique pieces that I forget about the black shirt I needed for a certain skirt or the tank tops I wanted for the gym."

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Alli Mayorga, the founder of Thrifted Queen also recommends not putting back a piece just because it needs a few altercations.

"Don't pass by something great if it is the wrong size for you," she said. "If you love it, spend the money to get it altered. Chances are you already got a great price since you are thrifting."

But if you find something you love with stains or holes it might be best to leave it in the shop as the chances are you won't be able to repair it.

Caitlin said: "Holes in seams can be easily repaired, but a hole in the main fabric could be a challenge."

Don't forget to look out for pieces that are off-season she adds, as you can find some great bargains.

Often, you'll get the best deals shopping for winter clothes in summer and vice versa.

Don't bother buying clothing that is too small in the hopes you'll fit into them at a later time.

Another common mistake made is not checking the label to see what fabric the item is made from.

Judy Limón said manmade fabrics like nylon, polyester, and acrylic tend to wear down faster.

Clothes made with those materials may not be worth buying unless they're gently worn or new with tags, she said.  

And if the charity shop has dressing rooms, definitely try your find on before taking them home.

If that's not possible, ask staff about the returns policy said Edwina Registre and Shana Daha, the faces behind Thrifters Anonymous on YouTube.

Don't buy things you won't actually wear said Judy, as it defeats the purpose of buying second-hand.

Heading to the same charity shop can limit what treasure you'll find said Jillian, who recommends checking out different charity shops in your area.

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And make sure to talk to the staff, who might tell you when sales are dropping for the best deals she adds.

Lastly, Jillian recommends donating clothes yourself to give back.

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