This blog post was sponsored by Goodwill. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Who doesn’t like saving money? Who doesn’t like cute things?
If you answered yes, yes I do, to both of those things then I hope you like thrifting too because today, I’m sharing 9 tips to thrift shop like a pro!
Now, I know thrifting can be overwhelming (or even underwhelming) to some. I honestly use to hate going to thrift shops because it was just too much going through tons of tons of racks. Now? I like it (thanks to my mom -the thrifting queen!) and I’m hoping with these tips you can like it (or love it!) too.
Here are 9 tips to thrift shop like a pro:
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1. Have an idea of what you’re looking for
I usually say, okay, I’m looking for home decor specifically a desk or a specifically a chair. Know if you’re coming in for sneakers or a vase. Have an open mind and idea of what you need. Come in with a strategy so you don’t get overwhelmed or buy up the store because everything is a deal
2. Location is everything
Know which stores have the best things. I know resale stores that tend to have great furniture, I know thrift stores that tend to have great paintings… knowing your locations and neighborhoods they reside in.
For example, if I’m looking for blazers, I’ll go to a neighborhood where that’s a lot of working class. If I’m looking for strollers, go to a thrift shop is a neighborhood that has a lot of families
3. Know your days
Know what day there are specials, what day donations come in when merchandise is put out, when certain go on sale. This will help you get the absolute best deal
4. Go often
Thrift shops’ inventory goes fast, sometimes selling as soon as it’s put out so it’s important to go frequently ti thrift shops before all of the good stuff is gone. The more you go, the more good stuff you’ll find to take home!
5. Take advantage of thrift shops while traveling
Some of the best things I’ve found are from thrift shops I visited while traveling.
6. Check back racks and racks by the dressing room
Check places where most don’t to find treasures
7. Ask for a discount
If there is a defect, don’t be afraid to point it out and ask for a lower price. I’ve literally got items for pennies and even for free!
8. Don’t take thrift shopping too seriously
HAVE FUN. Thrift shopping is a great activity to do with your friends, family or significant other. Make it a fun, inexpensive way to find unique items and save money.
9. Make friends with the employees
My mother is seriously besties with the employees at her thrift shops. She gets discounts, deals and they even set aside pieces they know she’s looking for!
How cute is this wicker tray I purchased at the Goodwill?!