Shopping at thrift stores is exhilarating when you find the right items. There are some days I go thrift store shopping and leave feeling like I won the lottery and other days aren’t as productive. There are a few different types of thrift store shoppers. There are people who have a goal in mind (a Halloween costume, a set of weights, a series of children’s books, a lid for their old dishes) and there are others who shop thrift stores to find treasures (or products they can turn in to treasures). Shopping at thrift stores is a fabulous way to save money. There are few things that we need new (underwear, shoes, mattress) and many more things we can buy used.
To make the most out of your rummage shopping here is a list of tricks
Thrift Store Shopping Tricks
Shop often! Thrift stores thrive on donations and the inventory is constantly changing. Ask the employees when they bring new merchandise to the front. You will have the best selection if you are able to shop when the newly arrived merchandise is available.
Check for mark downs and discount days. Several stores, including Goodwill, have weekly specials that are worth paying attention to. In some stores they may have all their furniture marked 20% off one day of the week, or they may have all blue tagged items at a discount. It is important to ask your store if they run specials and to look for signs near the entrance and cash register.
Try before you buy. This applies to clothing and electronics. You don’t want to buy something that doesn’t fit or work that is just going to be donated back to the store.
If you find an item you love – BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. There is nothing worse than losing an item that you really wanted because you didn’t grab it fast enough.
Set a limit. When you set a limit you will be forced to buy what you really need. Taking cash instead of our debit or credit card will help you stick to your budget as well.
Negotiate. You are shopping at a thrift store. Most things are negotiable if you just ask. The store doesn’t want large items like furniture sitting in the store for long and may be willing to drop the price a bit to get it out of the store.
If you want to get started but don’t know where to start check out The Thrift Shopper for a list of thrift stores in your area. If you have an iPhone check out the ThriftBuddy app. These tools will hopefully bring new thrift store finds into your life.
Celebrating National Thrift Shop Day a little early this year I shopped yesterday and found two great finds for my girls rooms. Little Sister loves bling and sparkles. The peacock frame was $3 and will work perfectly in her seafoam blue room. Big Sister wants a new lamp because hers is blah. We will paint this lamp shade (which was also $3) and add some glitter and will have a rocking lamp shade that we will put on her existing lamp. For $6 yesterday I found some awesome, awesome deals!