Fashion Tips

Thrift Gems + 3 tips that will change your thrifting game

Where to Thrift shop in Lagos Nigeria

Usually when I go to the market to thrift items, I never find good cheap things to buy. It’s either the items are really nice but a tad expensive or they are really cheap but not my style at all. But this last time I went to Yaba market, I was overwhelmed by the amount of beautiful clothes I saw at really cheap prices. I analyzed the situation and noticed that they were actually some things I was doing differently and it wasn’t just pure luck that shone on me.

1. Consciously started seeing beauty

I recently made a conscious choice to start seeing beauty everywhere around me and noticed that it helped when I went thrifting. I pick up an item that may not look too pretty at first but after a few seconds, I start to visualize all the gazillion ways I can wear that piece.

Where to thrift shop in Lagos Nigeria

2. Patience

When thrifting, you have to understand that you may pick ten or twenty items before you find one appealing to you and you may not even end up finding anything. I’m naturally a very impatient person and once I have stayed three minutes without finding anything, I’m on to the next. This time around, I ensured I wasn’t with anyone that would rush me and I took time in finding things I wanted not settling down for items I wasn’t really excited about.

3. Bargaining

The seller’s price is hardly ever the last price. I remember a time I went thrifting and I bought items for 500 Naira each. As I paid for my items, there was this other lady bargaining with the seller and in my mind I knew he would not agree because I thought he was steadfast with his price. To my surprise, the items were sold to her at 350 Naira each and she wasn’t even buying a lot more than I was. This was when I made up my mind that I would always bargain till I can’t any further!

Where to thrift shop in Lagos Nigeria

Where to thrift shop in Lagos Nigeria

Thrift gems in post

/Gingham Slip Ruffle top – 200 Naira/

/Mustard Off shoulder top – 100 Naira/

/Black Strappy Cami – 100 Naira/

/Flare Cami – 50 Naira/

/Flowery one sleeve top – 200 Naira/

/White tee with extra sleeves – 150 Naira/

I can’t wait to style all these items in upcoming style posts though!

Thrifting has a whole lot to do with luck but finding those gems would be three steps closer if we use these tips. How was your latest thrift experience and what tips do you use to get the best out of thrifting? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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  • Reply
    January 21, 2018 at 9:03 PM

    They are so pretty and quite cheap. Is it at the night market of normal day market

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      January 22, 2018 at 10:39 AM

      I know right. I bought the items during the day.

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    Gift Collins
    January 23, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    I need you to be my thrift shopping partner. So I went to yaba the other night and my friends I went with had no patience… They don’t understand that thrifting takes a lot of patience. I got a few things for really exorbitant prices.
    I love your thrift finds…. Really beautiful and so affordable too.

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      January 24, 2018 at 8:34 AM

      Haha I hate going to the market with impatient people as well cos I like to take my time when thrifting. Thank you darling for stopping by!

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    January 23, 2018 at 8:14 PM

    You know how to select the best dear…I love them all.

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      January 23, 2018 at 8:47 PM

      Thank you Candace for stopping by

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    January 24, 2018 at 12:43 AM

    Nice tips

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    January 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Thanks for the tips and I love the pieces you got.

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      January 28, 2018 at 5:52 AM

      You’re welcome babe, I’m glad you like the post

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    Kezia Macbruce
    January 26, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    They are so pretty and suprisingly cheap. I got a fringe jeans skirt one time in Yaba for 2500 naira. I almost wept because i knew i could get it for a cheaper price but then i didn’t bargain right . Though it was very pretty but like you mentioned i’ve learnt to bargain till i can’t go any further.

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      January 28, 2018 at 5:56 AM

      Lol I know that feeling of buying something and later regretting that it was too expensive but then the item would be so fine. Bargaining is definitely the way forward!

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    January 26, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    These are my go to thrifting hacks, I’m so glad the are global I will have no trouble thrifting in Naija 😂. I loveeee your flatlays 😍😍 how do you get the background so white??

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      January 28, 2018 at 5:54 AM

      Girl, I’m glad you love the post! I usually take it on a white cardboard with lots of lighting and use editing apps e.g Facetune, Snapseed for the extra white effect

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    January 31, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    they are so pretty 😻 ,i really need to learn how to bargain prices 😅 and the pictures are amazing as well .

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      January 31, 2018 at 3:57 PM

      Thank you babe!

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    Yara Mel
    February 1, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Lovely finds! Can’t wait to go thrifting again 🙂

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    Desire Uba
    February 6, 2018 at 11:32 PM

    Ahhh, Subomi, show me the wayyyy!
    I love Yaba so much, it is such a treasure trove.
    I can’t believe you bought such amazing stuff at that price, during the day. Good work girl!
    Yes oh, very important to see the beauty in everything.

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      February 11, 2018 at 7:59 PM

      Asin Yaba is the! Thank you babe for your comment!

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