6 Thrift shopping tips

With all the various vintage trends making a comeback, thrift shops are fast becoming popular. I myself was very surprised when one of my fab gay friends showed off a designer jacket that he stumbled upon and found to be in mint condition.

I would say that it’s definitely worth checking out.

Not sure how to get started? Here are some great tips on your hunt to finding priceless treasures.

Know where to go

The truth is that not all thrift shops have those great buys. It would be best if you asked a friend with some knowledge of local stores.

Sites like Gumtree will also help you find some great second hand stores and sellers.

Don’t add to your clutter

There might be a whole range of things that catch your eye when shopping, but buying something you don’t really need will just add to the load that you already have. 

Ask yourself if you really need that item and if it will serve purpose in your home, otherwise don’t buy it.

Carry Cash

Having cash ready will help you limit yourself to a set amount that you are willing to spend.

Most shops, like the Hospice and the Salvation Army donate the money they make to charities, which means they will hardly ever have credit card machines.

Shop Off-Season

Some of the best items you will find will be off-season when no-one is really looking to buy them. So, plan ahead and make a short a list of the things you might need for the next season and work towards to finding them over-time.

Choose quality over quantity

You might be getting more for less but don’t let that cloud your judgement. Not all 2nd hand stores will have good quality items, some are worn out over time.

Always check the brand and general condition of something before buying it. Clothing items like jeans are easy to spot if they are in a bad condition.

Don’t look for one thing

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, the artists that gave us the song Thrift Shop say they frequent the stores often.

Their number one tip for thrift shopping? “Don’t go in looking for one thing.”

“You have to be aware, you have to constantly be looking, you have to be creative and think outside the box. This is not a normal store. You are not going there for a specific item. You are going there for the experience and to be creative." he told Refinery29.

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