If you are looking for a way to save some money or if you are looking for a place to find good deals, you should check out your local thrift. Thrift stores are great places to find all sorts of things, but they are especially good places to find clothing. Some of the well known, larger thrift stores include Goodwill, the Salvation Army and Thrift Town. If you want to find great deals for clothing for you and your entire family, you should search these thrift stores and the local ones. Thrift store shopping is not like shopping at a regular store, and the following tips will help you find the best deals possible.
Make a Plan
Before you go shopping you should have a list of stores that you want to visit, and you should rank them in order of importance. Thrift shopping is tiring work, and you want to see the best stores first in case you get tired and decide to stop shopping before you visit all the stores on your list.
Make a List
You want to make a list of the clothing that you need before you go shopping. For example, you might need a few new pairs of pants and a jacket for work. You might be looking for clothing for your children, and thrift stores are always a good place to find clothes for babies and toddlers. Children grow very fast when they are young, and for this reason, this type of clothing is often only gently used.
By making a list you will be less likely to buy things impulsively just because they are a good deal. It can be easy to get overwhelmed when everything is so cheap.
Set a Budget and Take Cash.
The budget will help keep you from overspending while you shop and having cash effectively limits how much you can spend.
Take a Friend
When you take someone with you he or she can tell you when something looks good on you or when you are just excited because it costs $2.
Leave the Kids
It is best to leave your kids at home when you go thrift store shopping. It can take a while, because you often have to dig through the racks, and children can get tired and impatient, making you cut your trip short.
Take the time to look for name brands because these will be of higher quality, but it is always good to keep an open mind. Other less common brands can be just as good. No matter what the brand, you want to look closely at everything you pull off the rack. You should make sure to look for problems, like stains, holes, and other defects.
Know your sizes
Sizes vary. Different brands have different sizes, and sizes vary across time as well. For example, if you find vintage clothing from the seventies, the sizes may not be the same. Also, it is good to know your size because some places do not have dress rooms. It is always best to go with a slightly larger size if you are not sure because it is much easier to alter clothing that is too big rather than clothing than is too small.
Tip: Don’t be afraid to have clothing altered. It is often less expensive to buy something from a thrift store and alter it than it is to buy it in a traditional store.
Check Back Often
You might have to ask the store employees when they rotate their stock or get new items, but most thrift stores go through their stock pretty quickly. You should check back often for new deals and new clothing.
Look for Accessories
At thrift stores, you can often also find accessories like belts, hats, purses, etc, to complete your new looks.
So, do you shop at thrift stores? Why or why not? What are you tips for having a successful shopping trip?
This post was written by YFS.