So, any thrift store junkies in the crowd? I know I’m one. Charleston SC has at least 8 Goodwills, 2 St. Vincent de Pauls and a couple of Salvation Armys, as well as 3 or 4 independents run by some disease or another. I manage to hit at least 2 each week, usually as “retail therapy” or out of pure boredom.
I have been down on Goodwill lately. Speaking as a dude, I’m there looking at the “wares,” and not clothes. I think their clothing prices are OK, but their wares are TOO DANG HIGH. I’m convinced that you can only get a good deal when they don’t know what they are selling! Example… like new, official Army cots.
I saw them on the Cabela’s website for $70 each, but Goodwill had them for $6! Then 2 weeks later, I saw them at a different Goodwill for $30 each.
Anyway, some blogger somewhere has put together 12 tips for thrift store shopping. Here are the bullet points. Enjoy!
1. Go in With a Plan…
2. …But Be Open-Minded
3. Look For Quality Brands…
4. …But Also Try New Brands
5. Try Things On
6. Don’t Go With Kids
7. Know Your Local Store’s Sale Days
8. If You Really Need Something, Ask
9. Find Ways To Repurpose
10. Stockpile; Think Long-Term
11. Go Often
12. Go With Cash
Read the original for all the details. How about you? Do you enjoy a good thrift store? Have any shopping secrets to share? Let us know at the MindField Online Facebook page, and have a great weekend!