Last updated on March 4, 2015
by Gabrielle Staton// Staff Writer
Ever wondered how some people bag great finds at thrift shops?
Here’s a guide that will equip you with the skills you need to succeed!
Step 1 is to be prepared. Before heading out to thrift, be sure to plan.
Evaluate what items would count as a total score before leaving the store.
Three tools you need before you leave are a limit list, a budget, and a bonus buy.
A limit list is the same as a shopping list, but is limited to the thrift trip necessities.
A great cap for beginner thrift shoppers is between $20-$50, and if you receive every item on your limit list, and haven’t reached your budget, you can have a bonus buy. This would be something that doesn’t take you over budget once the limit list is secured.
Without going into any store with some sort of plan, it’s easy to leave with more than what you came for, and none of what you need!
The goal is to gain valuable items at an affordable price.
Step 2 is to stay informed. Even thrift stores have sales! Thrift stores, like Goodwill, host sales often.
Sometimes there are even top name brand items for less than $1.
Step 3 is to stay ahead. Upon entering the store, head to department with the items that lead the limit list.
Bring headphones to help stay in the zone.
Thrift shopping is a task. A little entertainment wouldn’t hurt.
Make a playlist that helps with focus. Remember you are in a store. Be careful not to get carried away when your favorite tune plays, wouldn’t want you having a free concert in Goodwill.
Step 4 is to stick to the list. In a store with such variety, it is easy to get sidetracked.
Stores such as Goodwill and Plato’s Closet receive clothing on a daily basis.
Don’t beat yourself up if you bypass a top find. There will be better items in the thrifting future!
If done properly, thrift shopping can be very rewarding and therapeutic.
Be sure to check future issues for the key to the 99 cents item and a few different looks for under $5.
Remember to shop responsibly. If you or someone you know has a hoarding problem, get help by calling 1-800-HOARDERS or 1-800-462-7337.