In much of the country, the LDS-church-run Deseret Industries is the thrift store of choice. Like Goodwill and other major thrift stores, Deseret Industries offers a collection of treasures for bargain-hunters who are willing to put in the work. Here are three trips for your next treasure-hunting trip to DI:
1. Know What You’re Looking For. If you don’t know what treasure looks like, you’ll never find it (at Deseret Industries or anywhere else). Decide what you want. Maybe, for example, you are looking for rare books. Or maybe you want a silver sequined dinner jacket. Whatever you want, make up your mind before you enter the store. The clearer your potential objective is in your mind, the more likely you are to achieve it.
2. Have a Budget. Remember that you are looking for bargains. If you end up spending more money than you want to spend, then you are really defeating the purpose of a thrift store. The goal is to find treasures at Deseret Industries without paying treasure-level prices. Have a dollar mount in mind before you go shopping. Generally, the dollar amount will be smart (i.e., twenty dollars or less), but whatever the amount is, you need to be clear about it.
3. Take a Smart Phone With You. The key device that enables ordinary people to find treasures at thrift stores, including Deseret Industries, is the web-browsing smart phone. When you find yourself in the store, holding a potential treasure, do a quick search of eBay, Amazon.com, or some other site that sells secondhand goods. You can quickly find out whether the treasure you are holding is a bargain or not. If you can get it cheaper on-line, then don’t buy it!
Treasure hunting at thrift stores is fun, and these strategies work not just at Deseret Industries, but at any major thrift store. Be prepared and follow these steps, and chances are good that you will find your treasure.