Thrift shopping is becoming more common. Perhaps Macklemore’s song “thrift shop” contributed to the new popularity or maybe it’s the fact that the cost of living is rising and wages are stagnating. Either way, thrifting is becoming a real alternative to shopping at traditional retail stores.
Pros of Thrift Shops:
- Saving Money. Whether you are looking to furnish your home or purchase a new wardrobe, thrift shopping makes it easy to accomplish without breaking the bank. You will often find items 75%-90% off original retail prices.
- Designer Pieces for Low Prices. Thrift shops are great for finding designer pieces for a fraction of the amount you’d normally pay for them. And thrift stores make it easy, typically these items are out in front and highlighted as designer pieces. But don’t forget to check the back racks there may be some designer pieces hiding back there too.
- New Items Daily. Traditional retail stores only restock/change their pieces out infrequently. With thrift stores you can visit them multiple times a week and always find new items.
- You’ll Develop A Unique Wardrobe. If you purchase clothing and accessories from big retail stores you are bound to run into people that are wearing your same outfit. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, a unique wardrobe full of vintage clothing and designs not seen at local retail stores can make you feel great.
- The Clothes Are Already Broken In. Everyone hates when they find the perfect fit in the store but then that piece of clothing gets stretched out over time or is shrunk in the dryer. Because thrift shop clothing is pre-worn it also means it’s preshrunk and survived the “will it stretch out over time” test. So, you can be sure what you’re purchasing is actually a good fit!
- It’s Environmentally Friendly. When you thrift shop you are re-purposing a used item that would have ended up in a landfill somewhere. On top of that, since thrift shops usually take donations/purchase items locally there is less environmental impact than retail stores that have to ship their clothing nationwide/worldwide.
Learn more by reading our full list here: 9 Reasons To Shop At A Thrift Store/Consignment Shop
- Shop Frequently. Thrift stores are constantly acquiring new products, if you are looking for a specific item its recommended to check in multiple times a week. Or even leave your contact info with thrift store staff, they might even give you a heads up when something comes in you’re looking for.
- Keep A List. Keep. Make a list on your phone of things you need or have been wanting. Review this list before you enter the thrift shop to make sure you keep an eye out for the things you actually need/want.
- It’s All About Location. Thrift stores/consignment shops in nicer areas tend to have nicer items and are less picked over. Look for stores in the wealthy/nicer parts of your town and check them out to see if you can’t find amazing products.
- Shop Around Certain Times. An influx of new inventory come to stores around the time everyone is cleaning out their home. They have an influx right after the new year, when people are giving away gifts they don’t like. There is an influx in spring when everyone is Spring Cleaning. And there is an influx in early fall after Labor Day.
Learn more thrift shopping tips by reading the whole list here: 8 Tips For Shopping at Thrift Stores & Consignment Shops
Thrift Stores – The Stigma Is Gone:
Shopping at thrift stores used to be seen as something people that were struggling making ends meet did. Although thrifting is still a great option for those families, the stigma is gone and being thrifty is in! Thrift store items aren’t seen as old things no one wanted their seen as pre-owned treasures that don’t break the bank.
We’ve talked about thrift shopping a lot but not all used good stores are thrift shops some are what we refer to as consignment shops.
A thrift shop is generally a charity. They receive their items by donation and sell those items to raise money for their charitable activities. Consignment shops purchase used items or give the original owners of the used items a percentage of the sale. These shops are typically for-profit companies and do not work directly with charities.
Real Treasurez is a consignment shop not a thrift store; however, thrift store is the more popular term so many people use them interchangeably. Although most people don’t know the difference it’s important to utilize both thrift shops and consignment shops to find that treasure you’re looking for.