In today’s economy, thrift stores make more business than any other business. They keep popping up on every street corner and staying in business because there is need for them in our money deprived economy. Here are some simple but helpful tips to get the most out of your thrift store shopping.
1. Go early in the morning. If you want to get the best pick of items, make sure that you are at your local thrift store when they open the doors. This ensures that the store has the most items in it for the day. Nothing has been picked through yet, therefore, whatever was put out the night before is still there.
2. Visit more than one. If you are looking to go thrift store shopping and you know that there are three Goodwills and one Salvation Army in your area, plan the best route to visit them all. This may seem like a long day but picking through another man’s junk to find your treasure is worth it. You never know what you might find. People often toss out things of value because they don’t know what they are worth and don’t want to take the time to look.
3. Visit thrift stores in better off neighborhoods. Do you know for a fact that there is a thrift store in a neighborhood that everyone in town has considered to be the “rich part of town?” If this exists in your town, that is the thrift store that you want to go to. Often times, you will be able to find designer name brand things for thrift store prices, as well as furniture made of real wood and even high end equipment. Something that is unlikely when searching in the poorer neighborhoods.
4. Visit thrift stores frequently. Everyday new items are put out. In general, there are three times a day that items get added to the floor; first thing in the morning when the trucks bring in new items, mid day when it’s time to restock, and at night when the store has been thoroughly picked through. To find the best deals, go at least twice a week so that you can see the new stuff that is put out. Also, never leave something that you like in hopes of the price lowering. Chances are, you will never see it again if you don’t take it when you find it.
5. Take advantage of tag sales. In most thrift stores, there is a different color tag sale going on each day. Take advantage of the discount that you receive if you purchase items of that colored tag. Often times you can get things up to 50% the sale price.
6. Sign up for their club offerings. If you can see yourself frequenting the thrift store often enough, then sign up for their club membership or whatever they offer. In most cases, you will be given discounts on a certain day, a birthday discount, or even senior discounts if you qualify. It is worth the money that you could be additionally saving if you sign up for their free or low cost membership.