Going shopping at the thrift store is like the ultimate treasure hunt. I love heading into my local Goodwill and Value Village and checking out all the vintage finds. I buy most of my clothing, furniture, and home décor items used from second hand stores. Not only does it save me a ton of money but it’s great for the environment as it reduces waste.
Here are my best tips for thrift store shopping:
Every thrift store has things that they tend to specialize in
Some are better for furniture, some for clothing, and so on. The thing that determines what gets donated are the people who live near the store and drop off their unwanted wares. You can find some amazing items by shopping at thrift stores that are in a more affluent neighborhood than yours. The thrift shops near my parent’s house have really expensive designer items at great prices because the people who live in that community are wealthy. It may be worth it to go on a bit of a drive to a different part of town to get the best goods.
Most people drop off their old stuff on the weekends
Which means that, after the employees process the items and put them out on the floor, they will be available for sale early-to-mid week. I personally do not like to go shopping on the weekends because it is way too crowded, and all the good stuff is already gone by the time I get there. I will stop by for a quick browse once a week or so while I am out running errands
Some thrift stores give you coupons when you donate
I donate regularly to my local Value Village, and they give me coupons for up to 30% off on my next purchase. They also have a rewards card where you can get discounts on special days.
Most thrift shops will have a daily or weekly sale on certain items
When you arrive, check to see what color tag is on sale, and don’t be afraid to ask the employees when the best times to shop are. They have all the inside info you need to score the best deals!
You can resell for a profit
I have gotten some of my favorite clothing and home decor items at the thrift store. I’ve even found some items that I re-sold for much higher than I originally paid. If you do some research on vintage clothing or antiques, you can find some real gems that are worth a lot of money that you can resell for a profit.
What are your best thrifting tips?