Posted on Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 7:00 am
One way to save money on clothing is to buy it at a thrift store. The prices will be way lower than even the clearance sales at the department stores or boutiques will offer. Here are a few tips to help you find great deals at the thrift store.
Look closely at the clothing.
Most thrift stores do a good job of weeding out the clothing that has been donated but is unwearable. Even so, you should take a very close look at the clothing you are considering buying. You are going to want to notice its flaws before you buy it and bring it home.
Does it have any rips or tears? If you aren’t a skilled seamstress that pair of ripped jeans is not going to be very useful for you. Are there stains? If so, put it back! Thrift stores often wash the clothing before they put it on the rack. If that stain didn’t come out in the wash, chances are you won’t be able to remove it either.
Try it on.
Sure, that pair of jeans might say it is your size. But, is it really? Thrift stores carry a lot of used clothing. That means those jeans have been through several washings. It may have shrunk down a size or two. Try it on to make sure it fits before you buy it.
Find the new stuff.
Sometimes, you can find brand new, unworn, clothing at the thrift store. People will buy a new shirt, skirt, dress, or other item of clothing, and never wear it. Instead, they donate it to the thrift store. Look for the clothes that have price tags that originated outside of the thrift store. You can buy that item for a fraction of the original cost.
Most thrift stores set up an area where they put the “best” clothing. This section may be slightly pricier than the rest of the store. However, it is where you can find new clothing, clothes that have barely been worn, and even some designer brands.
Ask for a calendar.
Thrift stores often have special days where they give discounts on a specific type of clothing. For example, Sunday could be when the sweaters are on sale. The same store may have jeans on sale on Tuesdays. Each store is different, so ask for a calendar so you will know when to shop.
Bring your ID with you. Some thrift stores give special discounts to teachers, students, or veterans on certain days. Their calendar can show you when that will be. The calendar is a great tool to help you plan when to shop so you get the best deals.