Thrift store shopping is fun, and when done right you can save money. Thrift store prices vary by many factors, including what individual was doing the pricing on any particular item.
Most thrift stores have a display out front where they display their ‘nice’ items. The items in the display are almost always overpriced, and a waste of time to look at.
Furniture at Thrift Stores
With the bed bug scares, it is getting more and more dangerous to buy furniture at thrift stores. Wooden furniture is OK, but many friends of mine have stopped buying couches or similar items.
I was in a restaurant once and grabbed a newspaper to read. Inside the newspaper was a cockroach! I won’t mention the restaurant here, because it was pretty obvious the bug had gotten a ride in from the newspaper (and did not come from the restaurant). It just illustrates how easily bugs can be transported from one venue to another. They love hiding in cloth or other comfortable materials.
Electronics at Thrift Stores
Electronics end up in thrift stores for a reason. Approach any electronic in a thrift store with hesitation, as it might not work properly.
Most thrift stores do have a return policy. Be aware of the policy, and leave all tags on the items until you are sure the item works correctly.
Knick Knacks at Thrift Stores
Knick knacks are some of the best things at thrift stores to find. If you can spot a worthless piece of junk, from a priceless antique, you can really do well at a thrift store.
I know many people with antique stores who go to thrift stores to stock their stores.
Find a Thrift Store Near You
There are many websites dedicated to helping you find local thrift stores. Denver Thrift lists all of the thrift stores in the Denver metro area. Try a few different thrift stores. They all have different styles, and prices. Some support great organizations (such as The ARC), and some or just for profit.