THRIFTING TREASURES: SLAYING ON A BUDGET

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If you're very active on Instagram, a couple of thrift business pages might have followed you. If you don't already, you might start paying more attention to them after this article. 

Before we begin, let's get some definitions out of the way:

Thrift

The characteristic of using a minimum of something (especially money).

Thrift shop

A shop which sells used goods (especially clothes) at low prices. They're also known as second hand shops, bend down select, Okrika market, etc.

We all want to look fashionable - to work, to school, church, everywhere - but sometimes you check your account balance and it is telling you there's cloth at home. Thrifting is an amazing way to slay on a budget. You can get a lovely handbag for as low as 1000 Naira and a blouse for as low as 100 Naira. If you're lucky you can even score some authentic designer items. Awesome, right?! Keep reading to get a few pointers on where, when and how to thrift shop.

Where?

Most states in Nigeria have a major thrift market and I'm sure they will be quite easy to find in other countries too. They might not be fancy and organised but they're hard to miss. In Ibadan, Dugbe is a popular thrift market where you can get amazing pre-owned clothes and accessories for tokens. In Lagos you can check Yaba, Aswani, Badagry, Idumota, Katangua, Underbridge etc. In Delta you can check Ogbeogonogo Modern Market. In Kaduna you can go to Kasuwa Barci. If you're shy or you just don't know where the nearest thrift market is, you can check IG. There are tons of pages.

When?

Monday is the safest day to go shopping if you don't already know the days the sellers “open bale” (get new goods). This is because most sellers like to start the week with new stuff. You can also ask them for their “bale opening” schedule. Some IG sellers have particular days that they have new stock but most of them just freestyle and the best you can do is to turn on post notifications so you can get lovely stuff on time.

How?

There are no set rules for thrift shopping. Just try your best to get good deals for your money!

  •  If you want to save money on Instagram thrift stores, you can check for posts that indicate that you can bargain. If you can't bargain, trust your instincts and try to mentally gauge the worth of what you're buying.
  • If you go to the market, carefully check for rips and other damages to what you're buying before you pay for them. If you're using IG, ask for more pictures if you need them to make sure what you're buying is in good condition.
  • Lastly, make sure you properly wash, disinfect, sun dry and iron the clothes you buy before you wear them.

Happy Thrifting!

P. S- feel free to tag us on IG when you post your thrifting finds and drop thrifting locations in the comment section to help other people out.

ADEDIWURA OKELEYE