How I Score Unique Items at Goodwill (and How You Can Too)

Anna LaPlaca

I'll be the first to admit that I shop at thrift stores like Goodwill for fun. Blame it on having a tight budget during my college years or on being raised by my rather alternative mother, but I definitely get a thrill out of discovering crazy-affordable fashion finds. (I mean, who doesn't?) Thankfully, for me, vintage fashion started becoming mainstream relatively recently, and it's pretty cool to wear clothing that appears to have lived a previous life.

Since we know that older fashion trends tend to be recycled every few years, thrifting is actually pretty key because you're shopping from what others probably kept in their closets for years and just now decided to donate. So if you know which nostalgic trends are coming back around, as you probably do being a Who What Wear reader, you'll be able to find the authentic versions of '80s, '90s, and '00s trends that brands are currently re-creating. And let's not forget the wonders that secondhand shopping can do for the environment. Hello, sustainability.

By now I hope I've imparted my thrift-shopping wisdom onto you so that next time you walk into your local Goodwill, you'll be successful in finding one-of-a-kind pieces. Plus, you have a fresh rotation of new items to style them with, too.

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