Shop in the thrift store’s fitting room first

There are many ways to save money even if you are shopping at a thrift store.
(SHNS photo courtesy Kasey Trenum)
Story by Kasey Trenum
(Time2Saveworkshops.com)
Fri, Jul 19, 2013
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Q: How can I save money shopping at thrift stores?

A: To help you save the most money and have the best thrift-store experience, here are several tips.

Learn about sales. Many thrift stores offer 50 percent discounts each week on certain colored tags. My local Goodwill, for instance, advertises a new color each week and sometimes two colors at once. Because not all stores advertise well, ask a sales associate.

Shop early in the week. The weekends are typically when people have time to clean out the basement/garage or have yard sales. They haul everything to the thrift store on Saturday or Sunday, but most thrift stores don’t put it out until Monday or Tuesday.

Shop the fitting-room rack. I always go straight to the fitting-room discard rack before I head to other clothing racks. Why? Because that is where some top-notch clothing has been tried on and was either too big or too small. Some of my best pieces have been found on this rack.

Ask about coupons. Some thrift stores will put a coupon in the local paper. Ask before you go as it could really save you a chunk of change. I recently picked up a coat-rack bench for $41 instead of $60 because the cashier liked me enough to tell me that I should be using a 30 percent-off coupon. I didn’t have a coupon, but she discounted the item anyway. Always make an extra effort to be kind to employees, not just to get a discount on an item, but because it’s the right thing to do. You can never go wrong being kind.

Go early and often. On big sale days, show up early or you won’t get much that’s worth getting. Have you ever had people driving by your yard sale at 5:30 a.m.? Then you know what a half-off day is like. Go early and often, and you will score some deals.

See how easy it is to shop thrift stores like a pro? Give these tips a try to get great deals and have a more pleasurable experience. Good luck and happy hunting!

For more tips on saving money, go to time2saveworkshops.com.

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