By Evan Vitale
One of the biggest ways you can save money, have nice things and save money – all at the same time – is to consider going shopping at thrift stores.
Now, I realize that some people are turned off by thrift store shopping. However, the vision you have in your mind is entirely wrong with the way most thrift stores operate today. When you find a good one, you’ll know it: the store is clean, organized and sells nice clothing and merchandise.
Most people hit the thrift stores for clothes and there are some great deals and great finds to be had. Look for the brands that you like and currently wear. When you find something, check for tears, stains, missing buttons, etc. Most thrift stores have dressing rooms, so you can try it before you buy it.
Thrift stores also carry household goods, gifts, electronics, picture frames, shoes, hats, books, toys and more. Sometimes, you can find something that’s new, unopened and still wrapped in the original box!
The trick to finding the best deals is to visit a thrift store first thing in the morning when employees and volunteers are stocking the shelves. Thrifting experts say Monday and Tuesday mornings are the best days to go, but this might vary from store to store. In addition, some thrift stores have coupons or sales specials, such as “Senior Citizens Day” etc.
Before you make your final purchases, do a final check with everything in your cart and make sure you feel good about your purchasing decisions. Double-check tags, sizes and condition of the items you are going to buy.
Once you take your items home, clean everything and immediately wash any clothes you’ve purchased as there is virtually no pest or bacteria that will survive after its been through a good wash and thoroughly dried.
If you’ve been avoiding the thrift stores because you one heard a “horror” story, it’s time to give them a chance. Update your wardrobe, find some inexpensive gives, stay within your budget and continue to save some money!