Thrifting is a great way to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Its a fun way to shop, and a great way to save money! It is also a great way to decorate your home or find those fun, quirky vintage items that have a certain charm, that you just wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. When it comes to thrifting, there are a few steps you can take to get the most bang for your buck, and find the best items. Here are a few helpful tips to help get you started.
1.) Spend More Time Looking
The difference between walking away from a thrift store empty handed, and leaving with a ton of great stuff, is the time you are willing to put into it. Picking a day where you have more time to look around, and spending more time looking around once you arrive are sure ways to find better stuff. Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty. There’s no shame in digging and searching high and low for the good stuff.
2.) Shop On Discount Days & Look For Sales
Another great way to get the most bang for your buck is to pay close attention to what kind of deals or discounts your local thrift shop offers. Many thrift shops or re-sale shops will offer discounts on certain days of the week, discounts for your birthday, senior citizen discounts etc. For instance, my favorite local thrift shop offers a 25% off discount every Saturday for students who show their student ID, or on your birthday. A lot of stores also tag certain items a certain color to indicate a sale price. Some thrift shops even post coupons in the newspaper or online. Be on the lookout for discounts and sales!
3.) Don’t Go Crazy
While finding great items at an awesome price can be exciting, the best way to save money when thrifting is to not go too crazy. It can be easy to get carried away and to try and justify why you need a certain item when that 50 cent tag is staring you in the face. Afterall, an offer like that seems too good to pass up. But before you fill your basket to the brim, stop and ask yourself “Do I really need this?” To reel it in, try asking yourself the following questions:
- Am I buying this item because I really can’t live without it and need it? Or am I only buying it because its so cheap?
- Will I actually use this item once I have it?
- Is this item worth the price? (while most thrift shops are pretty good at pricing items fairly, others will try to trick you sometimes and price items higher than they would cost elsewhere. Be wise when making your choices, and it even never hurts to double check the price of something from your smartphone before making your purchase.)
4.) Arrive Early
The old saying “The early bird catches the worm” is surely true when it comes to thrifting. Arriving earlier increases your chances of finding better items. Early morning is usually when thrift shops place new items on the shelves, and some shops continue stocking the shelves throughout the day, which is another reason to set aside more time to shop, that way you can arrive early and stay longer to get a better look at everything as it first becomes available. Others might laugh at the line of eager customers waiting outside the door every morning, or those thrift shop regulars that spend all day thrifting, but the joke is on them! Those regulars who participate are saving more money and finding better items than the ones who aren’t following these steps. If your local thrift shop doesn’t restock their shelves every morning, another helpful way to save money is to find out which days they do place new items on the shelf, so you can be sure to visit on those days.
5.) Visit A Few Times A Week
Sometimes visiting your local thrift store a few times a week can be beneficial when it comes to finding the best deals and the best items. Perhaps you visit your thrift store on Monday and find a jacket you really love, but think that the price is just too high. You visit again on Thursday, and that jacket is still there, but has been marked down to a more reasonable price. Score! You’ve just become a pro at thrifting efficiently!