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More Thrift Store Shopping Secrets

Posted on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 4:12 pm
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Shopping at thrift stores can be a hit or miss. However, you might find yourself a lot more successful once you know these thrift store shopping secrets. No doubt, thrift stores are full of undiscovered treasures, bargains, and deals.

  1. Shop post season. For example, stock up on winter clothing in the spring. A lot of people will donate their used items after the time of year they use it. Savvy thrift shoppers will seize this opportunity to plan ahead for next year.
  2. Shop around. Some thrift stores might not be for you, and that’s okay. Find a thrift store you like and you will be dying to go back for more bargain hunting!
  3. Search for name brands. Trust me, they are there (well, on the good days). Many thrift stores have one price scale for all items. For example, all shirts are $5. Thus, if you search for name brands you might get a Banana Republic shirt for the same price as an Old Navy shirt.
  4. Remember, you’re not saving money by making unnecessary purchases so always go in with a plan and a shopping list. Even if you see a killer deal, only buy it if you need it.
  5. Consider buying gifts at thrift stores. This is a great way to save money. You just might find gifts your friends and family will love for less money.
  6. Think creatively. Thrift store shopping requires flexibility and adaptability. You might not find exactly what you are looking for, but you might find a fun alternative. For example, you might be able to turn a set of sheets into curtains, or an over sized mug into a flower vase. Let your imagination run wild.
  7. Create a routine. Visit the thrift stores in your area routinely to keep up on their inventory and get to know the staff (they just might be able to help you find exactly what you’re looking for).
  8. Don’t feel obligated to make a purchase. Thrift store shopping isn’t like grocery shopping where you go in with a list and leave with every item on it, so don’t be afraid to leave empty-handed. Think of shopping at thrift stores as being more like a scavenger hunt.
  9. Don’t rush. I know, I’ve said before that you should shop on a time limit to keep yourself on track. But it’s okay to throw this shopping rule out when you’re visiting a thrift store. Finding great bargains at thrift stores takes time.
  10. Don’t forget to give back to your local thrift stores! Instead of throwing away your used stuff, donate it.


Shopping at thrift stores can be overwhelming at times, but with a little patience you are guaranteed to find some amazing treasures (and have a lot of fun doing it)!

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