Looking sharp doesn’t have to break the bank. Even if you’ve ‘only got $20 in your pocket’, you can enjoy some retail therapy.

National Opshop Week will be held from Sunday 23 August to Thursday 30 August. If you’re looking for some pointers on popping tags, here’s the top five thrifting tips and tricks…

Research

Flick through a fashion magazine so you have your head in the game. Have an idea of what prints, fabrics and garments are trending, so you know what to look out for.

Plan your itinerary

Especially if you’re shopping on a Saturday, when most op shop volunteers like to have an early mark. Start with the ones that close first and go from there. Check out the opshop locator at nevereverpayretail.com.au to find the op shops around you.

Dress code

Wear something easy to change in and out of to save on time. Avoid buttons and lace up shoes at all costs!

Look at EVERYTHING

You never know what sneaky gems are tucked away unless you have a good perusal. Treat it like a treasure hunt.

Cash is king

Not all opshops have Eftpos facilities, so raid the piggy bank for all your coins before you go.

For more information on National Opshop Week and how you can get involved visit www.dosomethingnearyou.com.au