5 Quick Tips to Thrift Store Shopping

  1. The Thrill of the Hunt: Everyone sits in a waiting room chair without ever considering the fact that thousands of other people have also sat in that same chair. So what’s the difference in buying a used chair? Not much. In a given year, approximately 18 percent of Americans will shop at a thrift store (this may or may not have anything to do with Macklemore’s song “Thrift Shop”). Enjoy yourself and make the thrift store shopping experience an adventure!
  2. Miss a Day, Miss a Deal: It’s all about “first dibs” when it comes to thrift store shopping. With the generous quality of donations arriving every day, new inventory is easy to spot. With that in mind, allow yourself enough time to not feel rushed while looking for secondhand steals. “Whether it’s first thing in the morning or right at closing time, you can guarantee you’ll find exactly what you need.” – Charles Dail, Antique Buyer and Habitat for Humanity ReStore Regular
  3. It’s Okay, Get Messy: Whether it’s an old bedroom set or a vintage chandelier, a little paint can go a long way. Most gently used furniture and décor can be transformed into the next conversation piece in your house. Many thrift stores even offer repurposing workshops where you can learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to refurbishing secondhand items.
  4. Know the Mission: Often times, thrift stores serve the purpose of giving back to its community. This time, allow yourself to feel good about shopping. Someone’s life will be impacted for the better because you shopped at your local thrift store.  “Know that when you support your local thrift store’s mission you are not only paying homage to the original intention of the organization’s mission, but your support helps to ‘pay it forward’ by enriching the community in which you work, live, and play.” – Barbara Jessie-Black, Executive Director of PTA Thrift Shop
  5. Expect the Unexpected: What’s the saying? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.  From artwork to antiques, most of the excitement in thrift store shopping comes from what you never expected to find. Get out and explore the thrift shops in your area!