If you’re trying to live on less money and you are not yet acquainted with the joy of thrift store shopping, let me introduce you. Reader, meet thrift store. Thrift store, meet reader. Now that y’all know each other, let me give you some good tips on thrift store shopping.
The first rule of thrift store shopping is
you do not talk about thrift store shopping* don’t let that shopping end up costing you more money. It’s very easy to pile up a big bunch of bargains and realize you’ve overspent your budget. So go in with a firm budget in mind, and do not spend over that amount of money, no matter what.
Find out when the sales are at various thrift stores and hit the stores when the sales are. Additionally, find out what thrift stores are in town and go to all of them to get a “feel” for what they are and what they’re like. Some consignment stores are rather expensive, others are really well priced. Same with thrift stores. Some are beautifully organized and are easy to find your way around in, others are horrid messes.
Try any items of clothing on before you leave the store. Many thrift stores have limited return policies and besides, using gas to return that item within the time frame allowed isn’t very thrifty. 😉
Make sure any items you buy are things you will actually use or enjoy. Don’t just pick something up because it’s super cheap.
In addition to the regular thrift stores, there are outlet stores (Goodwill, for example) that sell stuff by the pound or bag. You go and look through giant bins full of stuff and sometimes you can come up with the most amazing bargains EVER.
I know our readers have other great thrifting tips, let’s hear them!
*Sorry, I watched Fight Club the other night, it’s sticking in my brain.