Yes, thrift stores,
consignment shops, vintage shops and the goodwill are great places to
score bargain items mostly in great condition for a mere fraction of the
retail price. However, shopping at these type of establishments is not
for the faint of heart. One can truly be “turned off” by the
disorganization, clutter and shanty appearance of these places. For
establishments in total disarray; I don’t even bother roaming through.
For the most part, consignment shops are organized-clothing color
coordinated, and departments clearly labeled. Regardless, I suggest
having your bowl of Wheaties or coffee in the morning in addition to
donning a pair of flats. Also, a good attitude is necessary.
WHY SECOND HAND?
Frequency is one of the
most important factors when it comes to thriftin’. I know, this may not
be feasible by many, but if you work or live near a second hand store,
visiting in the beginning and towards the end of the week will be
beneficial. Now, don’t get me wrong; I don’t guarantee finding a great
item at EVERY trip but chances are, you will find a gem amongst the
rubble. Stock is always coming and going in these stores so I also
advise you to “friend” a salesperson. This way, they can always “save”
or “put aside” something you may like or want from the window (items
in the window usually are not for sale until a designated day or time.
Becoming acquainted with a staff member can lead to you getting that
item before it gets placed on the floor). Visit as many shops as
you can on a weekend or a day off. This way, you can get a feel for
which shops carry items more your taste and style-this can become your
OK, by now, you’re over
the initial shock of the establishment. I suggest having an idea of
what you want i.e. I’m on the search for sequins dress or leather
shorts. Usually, clothing is color-coordinated on the floor which eases
the search. Once you have that in your head, begin visually scanning
the racks for sequins. If you’re not shopping for anything in
particular, walk to the category of item you want, for example, the
pants isle or skirt isle.
*there are several Housing works thrift shops but the ones above are the ones I usually check out.
In all, use my tips above
to get the most out of your shopping experience while thriftin’. Also,
remember, you may walk in with high hopes and walk out empty-handed.
Just realize that thriftin’ can be a hit or miss. To my local and
visiting readers, please let me know about your experiences after
shopping at any one of the above stores.