Are you unsure where to start when you walk into your local thrift store? Sometimes going into a thrift store can seem overwhelming and the clothing racks are overcrowded with merchandise. Following these tips will make your thrifting experience a lot smoother and easier. There are all sorts of unique clothing items and accessories that you can find in there that can become staple pieces to your everyday wardrobe attire.
1.) Pack your patience! Trust me you’re going to need it.
2.) Go in with a plan. It will help you out tremendously if you know what you are looking for in advance. It is possible to spend wasted time looking through the discount bins so, go in with a mission.
3.) Ask the sales staff what promotions they have going on at the time.
4.) Pay close attention to the quality when looking at the merchandise before you actually make a purchase. Inspect any jewelry, beaded clothing or accessories, and clothing with rhinestones to see if any are missing or chipped.
5.) Avoid thrifting on the weekends and go during the weekday on your lunch break or after work. The reason behind this idea is because the stores are usually a lot cleaner, well-organized, and the staff is a lot nicer due to the decreased amount of customers. If you have to go on the weekend make sure you go as soon as they open so you can beat the crowd and get first dibs on the cute stuff.
6.) Check out the reviews online before you go. This will give you an have idea of what some of the merchandise as well as the overall quality of merchandise that is sold there and the shopping experience. This information and save you a wasted trip and wasted gas.
7.) Go to stores that coincide with merchandise you are looking for. For example, stores like Plato’s Closet tend to only buy teen brands and trendy styles, and if you’re looking for more business casual, mature, or sophisticated pieces then shopping at stores like Style Encore and Saviors will suit you best, and for vintage items, shopping at your local Buffalo Exchange will suffice.
I hope these seven tips were useful. Happy shopping!