In part 1 of Goodwill shopping I took you through picking a good location and sorting through the clothes effectively, today we are heading into the dressing room.
Once you get to the dressing room and manage to find a open one….
1. Sort your clothes
I don’t always do this but when I do I find the “trying it on” portion of my Goodwill trip goes faster. Put all the bottoms on one hook, all the tops on another, and all the dresses on a third hook if you can.
2. Test the clothes for fit
Try the garment on, do up all buttons and zippers. Do you feel comfortable in it?
If it is too loose toss it in the “not buying pile”. If it is too small, toss it in the “not buying pile”. If it is showing way more skin than you thought it would toss it in the “not buying pile”.
3. Test the clothes for color
If the garment fits well, move on to asking yourself if the color of the piece brings life to your face. If it does toss it in the “might buy pile”.
If however, it makes you look like you have the flu, or haven’t slept in days, even if it fits well, and the price is a steal toss it in the “not buying pile”.
4. Is it something you see others whose style you admire wear?
If it fits well and the color is good, but its not a classic piece and totally out of style, chances are you should leave it behind.
I often think to myself when I am looking at a garment that fits and is a good color “is this something I have seen in recent magazines or on people whose style I admire lately?” If not, then I leave it behind, unless its a classic piece like a simple cardigan or black pencil skirt.
5. Give each garment a good inspection
Once you have decided the garment both fits well, and is a good color for you, take a closer look at each item you are considering to buy.
Go over the seams are they straight? Free of rips? Next look for small stains, small tears or snags. Finally does the garments buttons and zippers all work.
There is no sense buying clothing in need of repair even if it is inexpensive. Believe me you will have plenty of high quality, free of rips and tears, stains and high price tag items to choose from.
6. Do you need it?
This is always my last question to myself before I leave the change room with my armful of keepers.
For instance take the jean skirt pictured above, it fit great, it was free of rips and stains, the zipper worked, yet I left it behind. Why? Because I already have 3 jean skirts in various styles and lengths. I don’t need another one.
Now that you have your armful of keepers that truly will fill needs in your wardrobe and look great on you its time to head to the check out line. Come back next week, when I discuss what you can do there to save more money, as well as a few other saving at Goodwill tips.
How about you? What questions do you ask yourself when you are trying on clothes?
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