The thrift store is more than discounted and cheap items. It’s also a place where modern-day treasure hunters can find insane deals on valuable goods. Many times you can find great deals not only at thrift stores, but also flea markets, garage sales, estate sales, or any other second-hand discount location.
Don’t let the “second-hand” nature of the places and products fool you. There are plenty of opportunities to find new items that still even have tags attached. So, next time you think about buying new, or you simply want to find a lost treasure for a cheap price, stop to scour the thrift store first.
Here are a few tips to help make your next trip to the thrift store a pleasant experience:
HAVE A PLAN BEFORE YOU THRIFT
Save time and money by making a list of what you need before you even enter the store. If you’re looking for something specific, knowing before you go can help you from wandering aimlessly and spending money on things you don’t need. If you don’t have a specific list of items you’re looking for, try setting a budget for yourself so you don’t go overboard.
KNOW THE BEST DAYS TO THRIFT
If you’re going out and hoping to find the best treasures, avoid going on the weekends when they are most busy. Also keep an eye out for discount days in which the store discounts items in order to make room for new inventory. There are even sometimes specials for students, seniors, or military personnel.
CHECK RACKS BY THE FITTING ROOMS
Shortcut your search by searching the return racks, as they often hold items people have deemed worthy to try on. You may come across some of the best finds there.
LOOK FOR ITEMS TO REPURPOSE
Get creative, pull out your list of Pinterest DIY projects and crafts, and look for items to repurpose into something other than for its original intention. For example, check the artwork section to repurpose frames with art you already have. You can buy clothes and repurpose the fabric for other things, or use pages from old books to make wreaths, art, and wall hangings.
TEST ELECTRONICS BEFORE YOU BUY
You don’t want to get home to find out something doesn’t work! Find an outlet in the store, or ask someone who works there if they can help you test the item. It may be helpful to have a couple sets of batteries on hand when you go to test products that require them.