Who here loves to go thrift store shopping!? I know I certainly do! I’ve always loved going to all the different thrift stores in my city to see what I find. There are always interesting and original items for really great prices. Over the years, I’ve learned some tricks of the trade when thrifting, so today I thought I’d share with you some of my tips for thrift store shopping!
Pay attention to sale days! Many times, stores will have different things on sale on different days. Many also have a certain day each week where there is a larger sale. Definitely take advantage of these sale days!
Donate old stuff you don’t want to your local thrift stores! Some stores will give you coupons for future purchases as a way of thanks for your generosity. My local thrift store gives everyone who donates a coupon for $10 off a $25 purchase. This is a great way to declutter your home and save some money!
Get a store coupon card! Some stores have a card that they stamp every time you make a purchase. And then usually after a certain amount of purchases, you get a good discount.
Take time when thrifting! It’s so hard to find good stuff in thrift stores if you just pop in and take a quick look. Sometimes you need to really get in there and look at each item. There are always hidden treasures!
Buy what you really like! Sometimes it can be tempting to scoop something up because it’s on sale for $0.99, but it’s only later when you get the item home that you realize you don’t really like it. Take the time to think about it in store before you make the purchase.
Make sure to pay attention to the return policy! Sometimes items can’t be returned or exchanged (like movies or sale items), so always know whether your purchase will be final.
Go shopping with an idea of what you’d like to look for! As much fun as it is to go thrifting to see all the cool stuff you can find, many times it’s a good idea to think about what you really want. Sometimes you won’t find what you like, but many times you will!
Wear comfy and semi-fitted outfits when thrifting for clothing! Some stores don’t have dressing rooms — or sometimes they’re full — so you may have to try stuff on over your clothes. It makes it easier if the clothes you wore to shop are a bit fitted — like leggings and a t-shirt.
Visualize what an item could become! Sometimes items in thrift stores seem so useless or weird, but if you think about what could be done with it, then it makes things much more interesting!
Look for good quality clothing pieces even if they don’t quite fit right! Clothing items can always be tailored! Generally, even with the cost of tailoring, secondhand clothing items will still be cheaper than buying them new.
Negotiate prices! You don’t always have to accept the number on the price tag. Sometimes asking for a better price will get you a bit of a discount. Not always, but there’s no harm in asking!
If you can, go early in the day! Not only will shelves be well-stocked and somewhat organized, but you’ll probably avoid the crowds. I’m claustrophobic, so I tend to panic a little anyway when I’m at thrift stores, but if there’s a ton of people in the store on top of that, I just can’t! The earlier in the day, the better. Also, stores will be less crowded on weekdays than on weekends.
Really look at items you’re considering! It’s so easy to miss defects in the items you see — especially if the item is something you were looking for. Check for small tears and stains on clothing, check for scratches on movies and CDs, make sure electronics work, etc. The lighting in many thrift stores doesn’t make it easy to see defects, so take a good look!
Check out new places in your city! You’d be surprised how many thrift stores are probably in your city. And you never know what you’ll find in all of them. Not only will there be all kinds of different things in each different store, prices will also vary at each of them. It’s definitely worth it to check out different thrift stores!
Go thrifting frequently! Even if you don’t buy every time, any time is a good time to pop in to your local thrift stores because they’re always restocking shelves and you never know what you will find!
Those are some of my thrift store shopping tips! I hope you find them helpful! Happy thrifting!
Do you have any tips for thrift store shopping? I’d love to hear them!