It’s safe to say thrift shopping isn’t for the faint-hearted. Rummaging through racks and scanning every corner of the thrift store swiftly and carefully is an art. When thy art is successfully mastered, great quality pieces can be found at astonishingly low prices. Thrift shopping can turn into an amazing treasure hunt or a surprisingly unfruitful experience. Luckily for you, we have some tips and tricks from our years of experience.
1- What you want vs what you need
Make a list of items you want based on what you know. Reference pictures or have a Pinterest board on hand to help you avoid becoming overwhelmed. This will help you stay focused and on budget.
2- Does it spark joy?
When in doubt, don’t purchase it. We often fall for the “unique” factor and “I’m sure I’ll wear it eventually”. Ultimately these pieces just collect dust in your closet. If you are not 100% sure about that crop-top or pair of shoes, don’t buy them!
3- What is the best time to shop?
The best shopping is in the middle of the week. During the week, stores have more time to restock their racks with quality pieces. On weekends, stores get busy and quickly run out of the treasures you are looking for. If you have the time, take a trip to the thrift shop after work.
4- Sell before you buy
Choosing thrift stores that offer consignment can help you from overfilling your closet. If you feel guilty about adding more clothes to your already-full closet, this lets you clear space for new clothing before you shop. Selling clothing can also help you afford to go on a shopping spree.
5- Make New Friends
Yes, you read that right. Once you find a favorite thrift store, make friends with the staff. Knowing someone that works at the store can help you find items that fit your style before they get bought up or even put on the rack.
With these 5 tips, we hope that you feel more confident in your next thrift shopping adventure. And don’t forget to use these new tactics next time you visit Spanky’s Legendary Consignment.