March 23, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | 1 Comment
Imagine if a $6 investment could make you $35,000 in an instant.
It can happen. No, we aren’t talking about playing the lottery. We’re talking about thrift store shopping. (And that return on investment is pulled right from the headlines of a recent news story).
Even if you aren’t looking for items you can resell for profit, thrift store shopping can be a fun, financially savvy way to decorate your home, enhance a collection or expand your wardrobe.
In order to get the most out of your thrift store trips, you have to know where (and when!) to look, so we put together this quick guide to the ultimate thrift store shopping experience.
Map out your plan
Start by finding the best thrift stores in your area. Check out TheThriftShopper.com to find stores near you. The website will also show you each store’s address, phone number, hours and website, making it simple to plan your secondhand shopping route.
Be a visionary
When shopping secondhand, you often need a little creative vision. With a little cleaning, painting or reupholstering, you can transform a dingy, outdated item into a true showpiece. Look at the possibilities, not just what’s right in front of you.
Know what you need—and what you don’t
If you are on the hunt for specific things, make a list so you stay on track. Then make a list of the items you don’t want to bring home with you—especially if you’re a frequent thrift store shopper. You want to focus on the true gems, not items that will clutter up your garage (and end up back at the thrift store), so before making a purchase, ask yourself if you really need the item.
Investigate the best days for browsing
Virginia at LiveLoveDIY has some great tips for discovering the best days to shop at your local thrift stores, based on when they accept donations, how long it takes to process items and get them on the shelves for purchase, and when items are discounted. Her tips can help you snatch up the deal of a lifetime.
Research, research, research
If you consider thrift store shopping more sport than game, you can gain a serious advantage by doing research into the exact types of items for which you’re on the lookout. Websites like ThriftyFun.com share user-submitted tips and tricks for finding the best deals, and Antiques Research Guide can help you find out what items are worth.
Shop from home
We have some seriously exciting news: you can shop Goodwill online. Now you aren’t limited to grabbing up secondhand items from local stores – you can place your bid for items from around the country. We’ve spotted some unique items at amazing prices.
We’re sure everyone will love this advice—if you want to find amazing things at the thrift store, you have to keep checking. The merchandise changes constantly, and the best items don’t last long. The more you shop, the better your odds of encountering the ultimate thrift store find.
Do you have any thrift store shopping tips to share? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!