How to Shop at A Thrift Store


Although shopping at the big malls and high end stores is a great idea, it drills a hole down your pocket. These bargain stores are like treasure troves. Here is why and how you can make the most of thrifting.

Why thrift?

It may not be known to you as much, but thrift shopping isn’t for those on a tight budget. This kind of shopping works for vintage hunters who cannot seem to find their style in the high end branded shop racks, charitable people who shop at charity stores, for those who like saving environment and for those who love the idea of a $50 dress for $5. This also helps reduce environmental waste and cuts down on sweatshop labour.


As it is a thrift shop, it would be hard to decide what you want to buy prior to shopping there. These stores generally have varied kinds of items and aren’t stacked based on colour or the kind of clothing like the conventional methods at stores. However, it is good to decide what you want to buy before you reach. When selecting from clothes, be sure to check them inside and out properly. You probably won’t be able to cut down a price because you saw a button missing, but it would save you from buying something that is damaged. If you are lucky enough, you’d be able to find pre loved designer bags or a pair of Louboutin shoes! Don’t avoid fitting the clothes on as well. This is basically the same as a normal store but a bit more used and less colour-style coordinated.

Tips and tricks

Even though it looks as easy as it does, thrift shopping has tips and tricks acquired over the years by people who know the tricks. Befriending the employees is a good way to start. Doing so will help you find out the dates of the new shipments, how old something is, if there are bags of hiding stuff to be found. If the employee likes you, he may even let you take one of the pre loved Gucci bags for less. The second method is to note all the warranties to get a good bargain. Sometimes you may spot some utensils or furniture that have a life time warranty that the previous owner didn’t know about. The positive of this is that a bill or proof of purchase isn’t required to send the item back to the factory for the replacement of a new one. The third tip is to buy even the most outdates pair of shoes or clothes you find. Fashion from the old days never seem to run out of style. Soon enough the bellbottom jeans that you threw out will be back in all fashion model closets.

Finding these treasure stores

If you just found out about the thrift shop concept, you probably realized that the store down the corner lane isn’t for the homeless but for smart shoppers. Finding these store can be quite a task as they aren’t as popular as brands. Such stores are generally found through the word of mouth. However, if you google a few stores around you, you would be able to find some. One day thrift sales may even come up now and then. These are more like pop up stores held on specific days.

Some organisations that work on charity also have them. Even when you go on vacation, don’t forget to find a few thrift stores in the area. You may be able to find some handy pieces.