5 Thrift Shopping Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Trip
Secrets to Help You Discover the Joy of Thrift Shopping
In the 90’s, the reign of Kurt Cobain and grunge immortalized thrift store style. Recent years have seen thrift shops enjoying a renewed popularity thanks to the rise in eco-friendly, green living choices.
5 secrets to help you discover the joy of thrift shopping
1. Seek out thrift shops in neighborhoods that fit your tastes and lifestyle.
Thrifting veterans swear by suburban thrift shops versus those found in big city neighborhoods. According to those in the know, when you shop in suburban neighborhoods—preferably in neighborhoods with an older population—you’ll find antiques and other quality items. You’re also more likely to find items that fit your lifestyle when you seek out thrift stores in your preferred neighborhoods.
2. Never pay full price.
Thrift stores often hold discount days or offer a variety of discounts for different items. Save even more money when you research the discounts offered at your preferred thrift stores. Sometimes you can even bargain with the cashier if you’re eyeing a great item. Their job is to move items out of the store so they can make room for new donations, it’s in their best interest to work with interested shoppers.
3. Beware of bedbugs.
Unfortunately New York has gone bedbug crazy, and upholstered items and fabrics are the highest risk for bedbug infestation. Wood furniture can be easily cleaned, repurposed, or upcycled without risking a bedbug outbreak. Don’t forget to disinfect everything with green cleaning products before you add it to your interior design.
4. The early bird gets the good thrift store items.
Get to the store early to claim the best items. Thrift store shopping is a competitive activity, and as a beginner you’ll be up against some seasoned professionals. It’s not uncommon for some savvy shoppers to have thrift store clerks on speed dial to stay informed on unique additions to the inventory.
If you’re planning on thrifting on the weekends, plan your schedule around early arrivals so your day isn’t wasted on stores that have already been cleaned out by other shoppers.
5. Don’t forget the kitchen section.
You might be looking for furniture, but don’t ignore the kitchen section. This is where you’ll find vintage china, unique glassware, real silver, and bowls and platters for every occasion. All priced dramatically below department stores and vintage boutiques. This is a great place to look for hostess and holiday gifts. It’s never too early to plan ahead.