Shopping at thrift stores can be kind of tricky. If you’re not good with prices, it can be hard to know if you’re getting a good deal. I have been shopping at thrift stores for years for everything from clothes to furniture and DIY projects. No matter what you are looking for at the thrift store, here are five shopping hacks for the best thrift store finds.
Shop in the middle of the week
The best time to head to the thrift store is on Wednesday. Popular thrift stores will be crowded on the weekends so you won’t be able to navigate the store easily. In addition to this, shopping in the middle of the week will allow you to score a lot of great items before the weekend rush. If you’re not sure when the best time to head to the store is, find out when they put out new inventory.
Be patient and check back frequently
Thrift shopping is a waiting game! You need to be patient and check back frequently. New stuff is added almost every day, so just because you don’t find something on Wednesday doesn’t mean you won’t find new stuff next week that works. The more you go, the more likely you will be to find what you’re looking for.
Even thrift stores have discount and sale days
Some thrift stores offer discount coupons when you sell to them and even have discount or sale days in the store! Check with your store to see if they have any sale days or special events before you start shopping. Sometimes coming back a different day could save you a huge chunk of change on your purchase! If your store claims to not have one, head around a gift buying holiday. You’ll find markdowns and special displays to help move inventory during these times.
You can’t price match thrift stores, so you may need to head to multiple stores
Thrift stores don’t do price matching. The thrift stores determine the price of the item, which means you can’t just ask them to price match something. This means that you may be better off shopping at multiple stores in order to find the lowest prices. This is where knowing your prices can come in handy so you know if you’re getting a good deal. If you aren’t sure, look up the price on your phone while you’re in the store. This way you know how heavily the discount is or if there is one at all.
Not all stores are created equal
Different stores will specialize in different things. For example, your local Goodwill might be a great place to find kitchenware, but the clothes might not be great. Check around different thrift stores to find out what they specialize in and where you can find the best deal on different items. Just because you can’t find exactly what you want at one store doesn’t mean you won’t be able to.
Shopping at thrift stores can be a little bit confusing. However, if you stick with these five tips, you’ll be able to score amazing deals and finds whenever you head to the thrift store.