I didn’t make plans to go thrift-shopping, I was just at Oshodi (Lagos, Nigeria) and remembered how I had been wanting a flat mule, so decided to go look-out for any at Arena ( a centralized market in Oshodi, quite popular), though I didn’t see any. On my way out of the market, a vintage scarf got my attention at the railway side, went to the seller and saw tops before I knew it, I was paying for 7 tops(did someone say impulse buying?! ) Well, lets see what I got!
Thrift-shopping in Nigeria is way different from that of the abroad, it’s more of bending and selecting except you’re doing it online; in reality, you might end up struggling with someone for an item (though that wasn’t my case)
TIPS ON THRIFT-SHOPPING IN NIGERIA (LAGOS)
- Not every item is in good condition, some you have to mend, wash well, add buttons like this one 👇, so don’t expect them to be perfect.
- You get discounts when you buy in large quantities from the same seller, starting from half a dozen (i.e.6)
- Don’t be in a hurry, take your time to look at the item well before buying, so you don’t end up having a white elephant.
- Start with the striped ones. Surprisingly striped items always have the unique designs and sometimes they are the perfect card to finding some cool items. You can tell I took all the stripes(lol)
- Timing: this is key in getting really nice items. In Lagos, there are days for getting unique items i.e. new bail (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays), go early in the morning or when the sellers are packing (evening time), that way they sell to you at a cheap price, other days you just get things at a cheaper price and they might not be really dope.
Note: Some sellers already tell you the price of an item before you start shopping (e.g.shouting 100NGN,100 NGN), in cases where this is not done – Don’t be eager, don’t show your excitement about an item you like because the seller might try to increase the price or hoard it.
Thrift-shopping helps you find unique stuff, find out all the cool stuff I got in my last haul! Click To Tweet
Remember I said discounts, well because I got more than 6 tops, the woman gave me all at 600NGN instead of 700NGN. I can’t wait to style all these pieces. I love how unique the designs are and also the quality (talk about a win-win buy!). Which is your fave?
Do you thrift-shop? What are your tips for thrift-shopping? What’s your take on thrift-shopping?