Deal Hunting: Thrift Stores

for-sale-1726365_960_720Welcome back to our series of articles about where to find the best deals. To recap, we have thus far covered the best things to find in Hollywood pawn shops as well as what kinds of bargains you can find in flea markets. Now, we will go on to a staple of those who want to live on the cheap: thrift stores.

These are places where items sold were donated by others. So the typical thing you can find here are clothes. Now, don’t think that you are only going to be able to find nasty, old clothes that no one would wear. While you certainly COULD find these types of articles here, usually the really bad stuff never makes it to the shelves. Quite the contrary, you can often find items of good quality.

These types of shops aren’t only good for clothes either. More and more of them are carrying household appliances, electronics, decor items, toys, etc. In fact, these stores are frequented by people known as “pickers”. They find items for only a few dollars and then resell them for a profit. So much of what you find in a thrift store will actually be worth much more than what you are paying.

The downside is that you don’t know what you are going to find each time you go. However, this can be balanced out by the fact that there are usually several of these types of stores in a single city, so you can go to all of them and usually come back with something.

You also need to know when they restock, as that will be the day to find the most new stuff. Some items will not move very well, and so you’ll see them there week after week. So you definitely want to be there after restocking has been done.