So here are some steps that you can take right now to organize your holiday thrift shopping and snag
the best deals on second hand merchandise. Here you go:
1. Jot down a list of everyone you want to give to this year. Leave room below each name so you have room to take notes.
2. Determine what each person on your list would want. Need toys for the kids? Does your loved
one prefer designer, brand-named clothes or vintage threads? Would they appreciate preloved costume jewelry? Does someone on your list have a hobby? (You can save big bucks on hobby supplies at thrift stores.) Do they play sports? Are they a collector? Create a short list of possible gifts under each person’s name.
3. Set a budget. Then stick to it.
4. Check out the flea markets. I love them because you can buy armloads of preloved, designer clothing, vintage outfits and accessories for very little money. I once bought a hat for $35 at a New York flea market that was signed by the hat’s designer.
5. Go online to sites like EstateSales.net and EstateSale.com to find upcoming estate sales that you can visit in your city or town.
6. When shopping at thrift stores or consignment shops, ask the clerk if the store offers gift certificates. Most second hand stores don’t offer them, but some do. Therefore I think it’s definitely worth it to ask. A gift certificate for the thrifter on your list would be the perfect present.
7. Want to buy top, name brand fragrances for less? Thrift stores, flea markets and retail establishments that specialize in selling closeout merchandise offer good deals on perfume and cologne gift sets as well as scented soaps, shower gels and bath salts. I’ve even come across items like these at estate tag sales.
8. Ask about layaway. Some flea markets and antique malls offer layaway for as long as 30 days.
9. Sit back and congratulate yourself for getting an early start on your holiday thrift shopping.
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