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12 Must-Know Thrifting Tips For Ultimate Finds

In this article we share with you Best savings tips And practical tips to help you make the most of your thrift store experience. These are the things you need to know before you go! Whether you’re new to the world of saving or a seasoned expert, this article will provide you with nuggets of saving wisdom.

Of understanding Benefits of shopping savings To learn How to discover quality Items Amid the chaos of a thrift store, you’ll gain valuable insights that will enhance your thrifting skills and help you score those amazing finds.

These days, I usually don’t let a week go by without stopping at my favorite thrift stores. It sounds crazy, but they’re not far from my house and the stock changes frequently – I have FOMO. Fear of missing out.

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Why thrift store?

Besides the thrill of the hunt, there are a few other reasons why I think you should consider thrift shopping.

It supports your community. The Salvation Army and ReStore (Habitat for Humanity) use their proceeds and donations to support their causes. The Salvation Army uses some of its donations to rehabilitation centers and shelters, and they also use the store as warming centers during winter storms. ReStore helps build homes for families in need; So they can get back on their feet and start building a better future.

It’s better for the environment. I’m not a scientist so I won’t go into detail, but buying used furniture, clothing, and other goods reduces pollution and landfill waste and saves resources.

Helps you save money. Not everything in my house is in savings, but a lot of it is. Thrifting helps me save money to buy the higher priced brand things I want. And saving money is always a good thing in my book.

It gives character to your home. You can’t buy some of the patina and charm you can get from available items. There’s more of a story behind these items, and filling your home with pieces like these gives it character and charm. It almost means a lot to me that I discovered it and my kids will have these items when they are ready.

Tips and advice for saving

I’m excited to share these tips with you – I hope they give you some inspiration and help you save.

Infographic of savings tips for beginners

1. Save often

If you want the best things, you have to be available to get them. If you’re serious about saving, you should go often because inventory tends to change quickly. New things are always coming and you never know what you’ll find (or miss).

2. Saving at the best times

Yes, there is a best time to save. You have to know when to hold it, know when to fold it, know when to walk away, know when to run. (Sorry, I couldn’t help it.) A good rule of thumb is to avoid weekends. It is busy and stock is usually delivered over the weekends to the store during the week. I also try to go early because early birds always get the worm. Less competition, more time to decide. You may also start to realize when “new stuff” is added, as some stores have a designated day to review stock and restock.

3. Find the best “locations”

Do a little research to find out the best places to save. Make sure to visit the local places and see which ones are worth visiting again. For example, I found that Goodwill in my area is spread all over the pricing map, but since I’ve been to all of them, I know which ones offer real deals and which ones are worth skipping. Here are some of the more popular thrift stores that you can Google for nearby locations:

  1. Habitat for Humanity Restoration
  2. good intention
  3. Salvation Army
  4. Local flea markets (a quick Google search will turn up options near you)

As spring and summer arrive, keep an eye out for local garage sales as well. You never know what someone else might throw away.

4. Make a plan (somewhat)

Although I tend to stop into thrift stores on a whim, I always know what items I’m looking for. I usually keep a little list in the notes section of my iPhone of the items I’m looking for and the sizes I need.

Sometimes, I’ll think of an item that was never on my radar that I just have to have, that’s just the nature of thrifting. You never know what you’ll find!

A girls' room with a wooden mirror, books and an old frugal lamp.

Having a plan helps prevent you from picking up items that you don’t have any use or space for. Even if it’s cheap, I find it’s not worth it if I can’t get it a good home.

5. Come prepared

What do I mean by “come prepared?” I mean be ready to make a purchase! This means having with you everything you need to make an education decision. Measuring tapeLight bulbs from home.

Expert Tip: Always keep A tape measure and a spare flashlight In your car. Keep a running list of items you’re looking for in the measurements you need on your iPhone.

It’s much easier to test bulbs this way (other than unscrewing and screwing light bulbs everywhere). A tape measure will help you make sure items fit – not only in your car but also in your spaces at home. You never know when you’ll find that perfect piece – it’s better to be safe than sorry.

6. Don’t be afraid of ugly things

When saving, I look at the “bones” of the item and ignore color and other details. Don’t be afraid to buy something ugly. Most things can be cleaned. Most things can be fixed. Most objects can be painted or recolored. You can add new devices to it. Check out this ugly bench that I turned into a side table.

Close up view of a rustic side table - full tutorial in the post

You want to ask yourself the following:

  • Is he in good condition? (Not broken, scratched, badly dented or wobbly?)
  • Is it working properly? (Lights are on, drawers are opened and closed, etc.)
  • Can it be reused in some way?
  • Is the glass broken or stained?
  • Is the mirror warped or cracked?
  • Do you love love love?
  • Is it worth the price? I trust good old Google to search for similar pieces online. Why are they selling? Does this item seem like a good deal (even with the work it needs to do)?

At my thrift stores, I usually find that the prices are worth it even with the work that has to go into them. Sometimes these things are easy fixes. This broken bulb can be repaired with a new lighting kit. Those wobbly tables can be straightened out.

7. Examine carefully

I don’t want you to be afraid of ugly things, but I don’t want you to buy a piece of junk either. Failure to carefully inspect items for damage, stains, or missing parts can result in purchasing items that are not in good condition.

I once bought a shelving unit painted a light robin’s egg blue. I loved its size and overall shape and dreamed of refinishing and staining it a rich wood color. When I brought it home and started sanding it, I realized it wasn’t wood at all – it was particle board that couldn’t be sanded.

I ended up repainting it with matte milk paint and using it as toy storage for a year before I decided it was a mistake and hated it. Rookie mistake – but I should have known better and checked a little longer before making an impulse purchase.

8. Think outside the box

Sometimes you find something you’re drawn to, but you have no idea what to do with it. You can repurpose it! Here are some examples. I found this wooden case and loved the look and overall style of it (but not so much the shiny wood). So I sanded it, staked it, and drilled a hole in the back.

Now I have a charging case! This stores and charges phones and other electronic devices without unsightly wires dangling everywhere.

Another example is vases. If you find a suitable sized vase, it can be converted into lamps using a simple lamp set. Furniture can also be reused. That gorgeous farm table? Cut off the legs and now you have a coffee table. It doesn’t hurt to think outside the box.

9. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap

Just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s worth the space in your home. If you allow yourself to grab every cheap item “just because,” you will have a huge mess on your hands and the items will have no real purpose. Be strategic. Stick to your plan. Ask yourself: Am I really going to use this?? And be honest when answering. You know the truth.

10. Don’t forget to save online

Did you know that you can buy vintage items and savings online? Here are some of the best:

  1. Facebook Market
  2. Nextdoor – Neighborhood app that also posts sales
  3. Chair – Expensive, but you can shop by price range and it might be fun to check out this site.
  4. First Dibs – Again, expensive but so fun to look at!
  5. Goodwill Online
  6. Etsy – There are a lot of retailers here. paying off Vintage household goods.

I hope these saving tips have helped you and given you some motivation to try saving if you haven’t already. I’m warning you that you may get addicted to it!

11. Be patient

This is the hardest piece of advice ever. Many times I just wanted to make something work and buy it, but in the end, I’m glad I was patient. The pleasure of purchasing is tempting! But you’ll end up spending more in the long run. You won’t be really happy with this part and will want to replace it years later. I’m not saying you can’t afford a filler, but sometimes the wait is really worth it.

12. Enjoy

Above all, remember that thrifting is meant to be a fun and rewarding experience, so don’t worry too much about finding the perfect item, enjoy the thrill of the hunt!

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