You with love them or you hate them. Most people feel strongly about buying something second hand. I personally love thrift stores. Here are some tips that I have found useful.
- Volunteer – you will get first choice on all of the goodies.
- Have a list of your needs. Then, keep your eyes open for other awesome deals. Shop the whole store. Thrift stores are usually poorly organized, so be sure to look around in every department.
- Shop around for the best stores. You can never tell where the best bargains will be hiding. Once you have found a store that you like, return frequently. You will get used to the flow of merchandise and the layout of the store.
- Become familiar with your store’s sale schedule. Bring grandma if the store offers senior discounts on certain days!
- Read labels carefully. It is really the same thing that you should do when purchasing new. Look for good quality merchandise. If purchasing clothing, check to make sure seams are sturdy, and that the fabric is good quality.
- Did you know that Goodwill has an online auction site – Shopgoodwill.com?
- Always check out the china and glassware. You can find good quality dishes and crystal for amazingly low prices. A friend of mine was grossed out by the thought of buying second hand glasses. I asked her if she thought that they were giving her a brand new mug every time she ordered coffee in a restaurant. That shut her up!!
- If you like to craft, think creatively. Can you make a doggie sweater from the arm of that old sweater? Maybe a jean purse from that old pair of Calvin’s?
- Plan ahead. Are you planning on giving your mom a bouquet for her birthday? Maybe you can find a beautiful vase for a few dollars. Many people donate those cool containers that floral arrangements come in. If you are good at arranging flowers, you can really look like a pro by using the florist’s containers.
- Wash everything as soon as you bring it home. If I buy dishes or glassware, I wash them on the sterilize cycle. I always wash clothing separately before wearing it.
Is there anything I refuse to buy second hand? Underwear and shoes. We all have our limits. *wink* I hope these tips help you find the best bargains at the thrift store. Happy hunting!