HOW TO THRIFT LIKE A PRO (*actually useful* thrifting tips)

HOW TO THRIFT LIKE A PRO (*actually useful* thrifting tips)

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In this chatty video I share all of my thrifting secrets, including tips for online thrifting, where to find the best thrift stores in your area, how to navigate the world of estate sale and flea markets, how I find actually cute thrift finds, colors and materials that I keep an eye out for, and some easy thrift flip ideas.

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what’s your name? ashley
what’s your instagram? @best.dressed
how old are you? 21 (born in 1998)
how tall are you? 5’5″
what’s your ethnicity? half british and half burmese
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  1. Miriam Ware on August 25, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    i love estate sales, the last one I went to got a vintage cassette player, and a authentic silk formal gown from the 50s

  2. Maryahna Balog on August 25, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    I’m going thrift shopping for the first time today so wish me luck

  3. 제니시린 on August 25, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    I just don’t feel comfortable wearing a stranger’s old clothes. Like I can totally wear my mom’s old clothes, my relative’s, my sister’s, but I can’t wear someone else’s. It’s a personal thing, it’s crazy to find new items there tho. I am cool with getting used books, curtains, etc tho

  4. neekaah1 on August 25, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    Please stop referring to people as “old people” u will get there someday and be grateful. It’s very rude to refer to them as “old people” they are someone’s mother , aunt , grandmother and deserve more respect than this

  5. Cianna B on August 25, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    I grew up thrifting out of necessity and still thrift as an adult. I’ve notice a huge increase of price, which is upsetting, but its the fault of the thrift store. I try to avoid Savers/Value Village for example because they price gouge and are for profit. It’s important to do your research and support smaller more affordable thrift stores. I like to go to charity thrift stores because they tend to be more affordable and the money goes to a good cause.

  6. pooperscooper21 on August 25, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    I like dogs

  7. Quirmi _ on August 25, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    For me I rarely get my parents to get me clothes unless it’s Christmas or my birthday, so I buy a lot of my own clothing, and I don’t have a 600 dollar a month job, I get my money from bday, holidays, chores, so thrift stores are the shit

  8. Lee on August 25, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Thrifting is my main source of clothing buying new clothes is way to expensive

  9. neekaah1 on August 25, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I find u very offensive calling people that have lived longer on this earth than u as “old people”. They probably fought for ur freedom to speak on YouTube so disrespectful of them. You are so rude and uneducated . Has ur family not taught u respect ?? Think about the things u say in general . Allot of generalizations and crude comments . U of all people being a minority should know better what its like to discriminate against people. Ur not funny . Have ur parents look at how u behave . Older people have way more value than just taking their vintage items at thrift stores .

  10. Manta Makes on August 25, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    I live next to a main road where all the old people homes are, so the thrift store only has *really* old stuff.

  11. Varsha Pandya on August 25, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    What is thrifting-?

  12. Daily my childhood on August 25, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    It’s very useful video

  13. olive on August 25, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Thank you so much for telling me about thread up, I found a TON of clothing for my style for so cheap.

  14. Grunge Granny on August 25, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    I know I’m so late to comment on this but I feel like as a parent that doesn’t have a lot of income, in general, it’s easier to find things cheap for my kid or just make it myself—Bc the process of thrifting to find kid clothes requires a whole day to go to different stores to try and find something that’ll fit my daughter, since all of the sizes are not the same. I’m just chiming in with that because I don’t see thrifting as the most economical, so I don’t really see a problem with youtubers thrifting—especially since they’re usually thrifting things that I’m not really looking for. I guess it’s possible, but I’m also just not going to drive everywhere and spend an hr in each place Bc the gas and time to do that to find cheaper clothes ends up balancing out and it’s easier to just pick up shorts/shirts/dresses cheaply from one space, and know that it’ll fit my kid AND I can return anything that doesn’t fit or she hates.

  15. Kukyri on August 25, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Fuck people who judge people who thrift for clothes

  16. Bubbles The Bookworm on August 25, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    The solution to expensive drycleaning: become a drycleaning spcialist!! Then you can do it yourself for free 🙂

  17. Emma Belting on August 25, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    …what is thrifting

    Edit: Also what is contemporary and vintage clothing.

  18. Alva Westerlund on August 25, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    I wish I had stores like this where I live we have 2, maybe 3 thrift stores and most clothes have stains and/or holes

  19. Sabrina Barreau on August 25, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    A trick for good vintage denim is the men’s section!

  20. Eli Mae on August 25, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Where I live the only things they have is old grandparent clothes –

  21. •Mochii• on August 25, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Antony Chenn watches you

  22. carmina music on August 25, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    i was bullied for liking thrifting lol

  23. Olivia Moore on August 25, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    my local thrift store had a shirt that said jazzercise👁👄👁

  24. Rat.Tea55 5 on August 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    I honestly think anyone can thrift. Though I recommend saving stuff for anyone below upper middle class. Aswell as I don’t recommend buying important things like wedding dresses, since those can be important for people getting married that cant afford a fancy new dress. No one will stop you but its just sorta decency to save stuff for those in need.

  25. Bridget B. on August 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    i seemingly have a talent for thrifting jeans.
    i’ve found levi’s for 5$ and plenty of other amazing jeans.
    i very rarely go into a thrift store and don’t find jeans

  26. Andrea Garcia on August 25, 2021 at 11:02 pm

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  27. Mo Ham on August 25, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    When I shop anywhere I tend to just run my hand down the rack to feel for the material I like. I definitely shop by texture first then color then style. Usually when people shop with me I’m normally done first because running my hand down each rack really speeds up the process.

  28. Chasserole on August 25, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Has it been over a year since this video came out? Yes
    Am I still gonna comment in the unlikely hopes that someone sees it? Also yes

    IMO, making thrifting trendy kinda ended the negative stigma around thrift stores and second hand clothing, which is great. I never depended on thrift stores as a kid, but most of my clothes were hand me downs from older cousins and neighbours. As a kid I might have been a little peeved that I couldn’t have a closet full of Aeropostale hoodies (which, why girl, why?), but now I love getting bags of old clothes from people, even if I don’t end up keeping most of them.

    However, if you thrift, you better not throw any of your old clothes out. Unless something is falling apart or permanently stained, you should donate everything and support the stores you shop at. Or, set up a donation chain in your neighbourhood. It’s honestly super fulfilling and wholesome to see a little kid wearing your favourite dress that you grew out of, or seeing someone pick out your old purse at a thrift store.

    So yeah, that’s my 2 cents, loved seeing everyone else’s thoughts on the matter too.

  29. C Flannigan on August 25, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    You are a riot!

  30. Libby Ward on August 25, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    does any one have any websites like thredup that ship to the uk 🙁

  31. Lola2412 on August 25, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Thrifting seems so fun, but I’m kinda afraid of wearing other people’s used clothing lol

  32. olivia on August 25, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    0:45 cause u a lil froot cup

  33. Leslie Dolalas on August 25, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    My family used to struggle financially when I was younger so my clothing style was basically "anything nice enough at the thrift store" meets "whatever’s on sale" 😁 We’re better off now but I still buy my clothes thrifted. They’re cheaper, good for the planet, and I love the thrill of finding a designer item at a discount!

  34. Clumsy Cat on August 25, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Me while watching people make thrifting trendy and aesthetic after being bullied for it: 🤨

  35. haileyholden on August 25, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Does thread up do returns? I’m worried about fit

  36. Samantha Schroeder on August 25, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Thrifting is great for everyone! It’s much more responsible and keeps clothes out of landfills. It’s much better to buy an expensive piece second hand than to fill your closet with fast fashion. I’ve thrifted my whole life and firmly believe everyone should thrift!

  37. Ella Haynes on August 25, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    thrifting is not something that should be seen as “trendy” and that is not why you should thrift. you should do it because you know it is good for the planet and is just overall more sustainable.

  38. Abundance on August 25, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    You’re so pretty. Thank you so much for this video 😌

  39. sunsh1ne on August 25, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    i live right next a thrift store and i’m running out my clothes, i also dont like wasting my money on stupid overpriced brands so thank you 🙂

  40. beesandbread on August 25, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    in england we have charity shops and you can buy real cute things for only like a £1 each

  41. gennys. crazy on August 25, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    i grew up poor so my mom would always shop at these outlets, thrift stores, and accepted second hand stuffs. as i got older we became better off so we stopped. now i wanna start again and my mom looked at me saying "okay, you do that. you’re poor, I’m not" LMAO

  42. Caroline Fugate on August 25, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Ok, first, as someone who used to work in a thrift store, you should absolutely shop at thrift stores! Yes, there are lots of people who shop here because that’s all they can afford, but I have often seen very nice pieces of clothing that are just never bought because either no one can use them or they are just not the size that most people need. If you find something you like, get it! Second, if you do find some thing look over the piece of clothing front and back just for stains and holes.

  43. Sabrina Barreau on August 25, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    After thrifting most of my life I guess I’m a pro cuz I do all this haha.

  44. Nataeja Danae on August 25, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    95% of my clothes are second hand and for treats i get new stuff. my mom buys only thrift store or garage sale things. we have probably saved thousands.

  45. Alleisha Freeman on August 25, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Im going thrifting tomorrow

  46. Hailey Robinson on August 25, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Hey, Ashley! I found you when I was thirteen. You literally taught me everything I know about styling and thrifting now. You’ve saved me a ton of money because of it, you helped me feel more confident. You’re videos are so simple and straight to the point and I feel like you’re a big sister leading me on my way. Thanks a bunch

  47. alexandra on August 25, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks for the tips!

  48. Amanda Lauer on August 25, 2021 at 11:29 pm


  49. Claire Beane on August 25, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    ThredUP has been my go to for thrifting during quarantine!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  50. skinny rat on August 25, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    i love your vibe