That’s because this is the time of year when a lot of thrift stores are running over with donated items from individuals and retail stores seeking end-of-year tax write-offs.
Retail stores often donate unsold and returned merchandise to charity thrift shops, and that means that you can get brand new items at a low discounted price.
I’m all about saving money any way I can. So, because it’s a brand new year, I came up with a list of “thrifting” resolutions. Here goes.
1. Check out a new thrift store this year. – If you’re a thrifter like me, you probably have a number of go-to thrift stores that you like to visit regularly. But now that it’s a new year, get out of your routine and visit a thrift store in your town or city that you’ve never been to before. You can also plan a destination thrift shopping trip to a store out of town. Different thrift stores can have larger inventories of certain types of merchandise than others. For example, some stores have more books and magazines than others or more shoes or more upscale designer clothing to choose from. So shop some place new this year. You never know what you might find!
2. Thrift shop for workout clothes. – A lot of thrift stores carry a large selection of new and used workout clothes, such as sports bras, shorts, pants, yoga pants, hoodies, athletic shoes, socks, tees and tank tops. A lot of thrift stores also have some sports equipment like bike helmets and weights. If you’re dieting, visit thrift stores for clothes to wear as you lose the weight. That’s an inexpensive way to look fashionable as you drop the pounds. And if you need a little motivation, why not pay $5 for that fabulous pre-loved outfit in the size you’re trying to reach? Then when you reach your goal weight, you’ll already have a nice outfit picked out as your reward.
3. Resolve to take a thrift store-phobic friend shopping. – Make an effort to win over someone who says they would never shop at second hand stores. Invite them to shop at a thrift store with you. It's really is funny to watch someone’s reaction when they shop at a thrift store for the first time and realize just how much they can save on items like high-end designer fashions, accessories and jewelry.
4. Make a promise to read more labels this year. – This is a discipline that separates the novice thrifter from the pro. Take the time to read clothing labels so you know who the designer is and the fabric content. This will help you to identify the best clothing in the store and skip over pieces that aren’t as durable.
5. Determine the best day of the week to thrift shop. – Call a thrift store and find out which days of the week they restock their merchandise. With that information, try to shop during those times so you’ll have a better chance of getting first dibs on all of the new stuff that comes into the store.
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