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Welcome to the first installment of the Thrifting 101 series. Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love to go thrift shopping. I find great deals all the time, and I want to help you do the same.
Over the next couple of weeks, I will share my tips and tricks for a successful trip to the thrift store. But today’s article is just in time for the National Thrift Shop Day, August 17th. It’s an unofficial national holiday, but many thrift and second-hand stores observe this special day with discounts and special offers.
So let’s get to it!
Today, I would like to share my general thrifting tips and tricks.
1. Go often.
The inventory at a thrift store is constantly changing. The best time to go to a thrift store is mid-week or the weekend. By mid-week the staff has had enough time to price and display the items donated over the past weekend. Also, know the weekly discount days. Many thrift stores have senior citizen discount days and/or 50% off days.
2. Snooze you lose.
If you see something you like; put it in your cart until you decide whether you want to buy it. If it’s a large item give the hang tag to the sales staff or notify the staff that you would like to buy said item. True story…Once I saw a really nice pair of lamps at a thrift store, but I wasn’t sure if I really wanted them. So, I continued looking around the store. After a few minutes of browsing, I went back to the lamps section. And the lamps were gone. I looked around and saw MY lamps in another shopper’s cart. Nothing make you want an item more than seeing it in another customer’s cart.
3. Think outside the box.
If you see something that you like, but it’s the wrong color. Spray paint it. A can of spray paint only cost 5 bucks at your hardware store. If you see a great two piece designer suit bit it’s one size too big. Take it to a tailor and have it altered. Even with alterations, the suit will cost less than if you had purchased the suit brand new. And you now have a custom fitted suit.
4. Have a plan, but shop with an open mind.
Thrift stores aren’t like department stores. You don’t always go into a thrift store and find exactly what you are looking for. But that’s part of the fun and adventure of thrifting. You never know what you are going to find in the far back corner of the store. When you enter the store don’t have tunnel vision, you might miss out on a great item or deal.
There you have it, my general thrifting tips and tricks. In the upcoming days, I will share specific tips for shopping for clothes, accessories, furniture, nicknacks, and more.
Do you have anything to add? Share your tips in the comments!
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