Thrift store shopping can be a fun and economical way to find unique clothing, accessories, and home goods. However, it can also be overwhelming if you don't know where to start. Here are some tips for thrift store shopping that will help you get the most out of your experience.
People shop at thrift stores for different reasons. Some people are on a tight budget and need to stretch their pennies as much as possible and some people just love the thrill of the hunt! Thrift store shopping has the potential to save you lots of money while furnishing your home and clothing your family.
But it also has the potential to be a waste of time. On many occasions I can find brand new items with the tags still on them or items that look brand new but that's not always the case when I head to my local thrift stores. It can be hit or miss. I've found some great tips to make shopping at your favorite thrift store more rewarding.
First, know when is the best time to shop. Go after the weekends and holidays. People use that extra time to get rid of a lot of stuff so you'll have more luck toward the beginning of the week. Also, during garage sale season a lot of items will be donated that didn't sell so head to your local thrift store that Monday morning for the best selection!
Second, know where the “good” thrift stores are. Let's face it, the thrift stores close to the wealthier sides of town will be more likely to have great items. That's not to say that you can't have awesome finds in the stores around impoverished areas of town but you'll be more likely to find high-end pieces of furniture and clothing at stores on the outskirts of the nice side of town.
Third on our Thrift Store Tips, visit your store weekly, if not more! Visiting regularly helps you have a better chance at getting the items that go tend to go quick. Some days you'll walk out empty-handed but some days you'll come home with a haul! If you're there often your chances for great finds go up!
Fourth, check out thethriftshopper.com. All you do is enter your zip code and it will give you a list of all the thrift stores in your area along with the hours, location, how to sign up for mailing lists, etc. This is also handy if you want to go thrifting while you're on vacation or visiting family. Take advantage of hitting up thrift stores in other parts of the country!
Fifth on our Thrift Store Tips, keep an open mind when you shop. Sometimes you'll go with a certain item in mind and you'll find it but then sometimes you'll come home with something completely different. On the same note, don't buy things just cause they're cheap! You don't want to become a hoarder! haha! Make sure the purchases you do make are things that you actually need and will use.
Sixth, remember that just because it doesn't look good now or doesn't fit now doesn't mean it can't! Use imagination! Sand and paint the furniture, get clothing hemmed or tailored, imagine what that piece could be. I'll admit, this is one of the hardest parts for me. Sometimes I struggle to imagine what something could be but if you can figure out how to make something work for you, you'll open up a lot more options!
Seventh, know when they have discounts. A lot of thrift stores will have a discount color every day or a senior day, military day, etc. If you know when these days are, you'll get an even better deal!
Eighth, give back. When you make trips to the thrift store be sure to bring something you want to get rid of. Not only does this keep your home from getting cluttered and full but it also gives back to the community!
Ninth, if you love it, buy it! If it's something you love and know you'll use, buy it! Good chance someone else will love it too and snatch it up before you have a chance to come back and get it.
Tenth, make sure the price is right. Just because it's at a thrift store doesn't automatically mean that it's priced well. If the price is too high chances are that others won't buy it either. Give it a couple days and the price will go down.
Thrift stores are a great place to find unique and affordable treasures. By following these tips, you can maximize your shopping experience and find the best deals possible. Have fun exploring your local thrift stores – who knows what amazing finds you’ll uncover!