The bad economy and my husband in construction it became more of necessity than a pleasure to shop at thrift stores. I started shopping at thrift stores when my kids where small, I just could not see paying full price for clothes when kids grow out of them in a matter of months.
There are several things you need to know before you take off for the thrift store. Lots of people are discouraged by the thoughts of shopping at thrift stores they have this image of dirty, smelly, and dingy. Just like any shopping experience you have to scope out and find the stores that you like. I will normally try to pick a thrift store that is in an affluent neighborhood they seem to be cleaner and have more goods.
When you are thrift store shopping it can be hard to remember what specific items you are looking for thrift stores do not keep an inventory of items so there is a mass variety. I normally keep a list of items that I need in hand when I shop at thrift stores, this way when I stumble across one I will not miss out on the bargain.
Lots of times thrift shops and charity shops will be grouped together in one area. So I will traditionally make a day of shopping. I really like shopping at the Catholic thrift stores I can normally find t-shirts for about .65 per each which is great when my husband can ruin them with one wearing. Unlike Goodwill and Salvation Army, religious thrift stores do not have normal hours they have volunteers so they keep shorter hours.
Many thrift stores have kitchen wares, books, cds, home decor, and clothing available for purchase. When purchasing kitchen appliances or electronics they will normally have plug-ins available so you can check that they are in good working order before making a purchase. Most stores will keep cds taped up so you are not able to check the conditions of the cds whether it is scratched or not.
Many people cringe at the thought of wearing used clothes remember that most clothes have been tried on when you purchase them new and we all normally wash them before we wear them so what is the difference new or used. Somethings to remember when purchasing clothing bring your flashlight hold it up to the items that you purchase this makes it easy to find holes in the product. Do not forget to check all the buttons and make sure all the zippers work.
Thrift shopping can be great fun. My daughter has bought her last two ballgowns for ten dollars each. I have purchased designer wear for a fraction of the cost. Bring your list and happy hunting.