Once the place where the “poor” people shopped, thrift stores have now become the place where savvy shoppers, cool teens and bargain hunters. A thrift store is a lot like a year round yard sale, with other people’s cast offs, all sorted, priced and in once place.
The thrift store’s reputation has changed. That’s because people are getting smart. Want to look like your made of more money than you are? Go to the thrift store. Want to find that one of a kind, nobody else will be wearing it outfit? Go to the thrift store. Need some cheap play clothes for the kids? Go to the thrift store. Lots of people from all walks of life are finding out about the benefits of thrift stores.
But walking into a thrift store can be so overwhelming. There’s just so much STUFF… How are you going to find anything in that mess? These days, the thrift store is not a mess. Chances are, it’s as organized as a regular retail store.
Most thrift stores these days are split up in the following way: First it is separated by Men’s, Women’s and Children’s.
From there, Men’s and Women’s will be split up by clothing type. For Women’s, it may be by skirts, blouses, sportswear, etc. For Men’s, it maybe by pants, slacks, dress shirts, etc. Children’s will be spilt by size, first.
After that, Women’s and Men will be split by color or size. Children’s will be split by clothing type, second. This isn’t always the way a thrift store has their clothing laid but it is the most common.
No matter what, it is a guarantee that your thrift store has some sort system by which they separate the clothing. If you are unclear on the system, take the time to ask. They will be happy to explain it for you and it will make your shopping experience much easier.
Many thrift store run some sort of deal, some have a certain color price tag that is marked down that week, some lower the price a certain percent everyday or some other way to move product. Many thrift stores also support a certain charity, so shopping there not only helps you to save money, but helps a good cause as well.
Finding worthwhile items in a thrift store does take a little time. It’s best if you approach the shopping trip with the mind that you are on a treasure hunt. Somewhere in that store is something too good to leave behind.
Start section by section. The best way to go through thrift store clothing is to start in one section. Start moving items down the rack, one by one. As you move the item down the rack, quickly feel the material with your hand and glance at the item as you move it. Keep a special eye out for a store tag. This means that the item has never been worn and is a great bargain.
If either your hand tells you it feels nice, or your eyes tell you it looks nice, stop and more closely look at the item. The first thing to check is did your hand or eyes lie? Is the item something you might be interested in? If not, move on. If so, check the size tag, even if your thrift store sorts by size. In a thrift store, an item could have easily been put back in the wrong spot.5e2