1. Don't be afraid to get dirty. At the thrift shops I frequent, things are rarely organized or super clean. I find a lot of neat things just by digging a little deeper in the Goodwill Outlet bins than my fellow thrifters!
2. Keep an open mind. You never know what you might find while thrifting, so going in with just one certain thing in mind is likely to be a disappointment. I always have a mental list of types of things I'm looking for, but when I find something that I truly fall in love with, I get it. If you leave it behind, you may never find another one! This is especially true with vintage items, which are likely to be difficult to find again. (If you later decide you can live without it, you can always re-donate!)
3. Go during the week, if you can. I work banking hours, so I can't visit my favorite thrifts until the weekend. But those times I've gone during the week, they are much less busy and everything is less picked over. The exception to this rule is when your thrift shop has special days, like half-off Wednesdays at Salvation Army!
|B. Makowsky Leather Bag, Goodwill ($4)|
(Originally posted as a guest post for Tiny Little Happies. Click HERE for original post!)