Happy National Thrift Shop Day…Let’s Go Shopping!
Put your good shoes on, grab your purse & let’s go! Today is National Thrift Shop Day where we can celebrate our local resale, bargain or charity stores by dropping in & practicing one of my favorite past times…shop ‘til you drop (hee, hee!).
Here are a 10 tips for your next Thrift Store Shopping Session:
1. Dress Comfy & Be Hands Free
If you have a good crossbody bag or fav backpack now is the time to whip it out. You want to work hard to search those racks for a cute find or bend down & contort your body to check out the legs of that gorgeous table. No time for aching feet & big pocketbooks (do folks say that anymore?) to get in your way.
2. Try, Try, Again
The best things about thrifting are the challenge & the hunt. If you didn’t find anything you like the first time around remember that new items will come in close to the weekend. Keep checking back in.
3. Cool Cash
Although, most places now take plastic cash is still a good way to manage your spending. You don’t want to go cray-cray & spend the grocery budget…um, I’ve totally done that!
Remember things can have a dual purpose if you just open your mind and think creatively. Check out my post on the Rusted Roots Junk Market where amazing thrifting vendors upcycled their antique treasures.
5. Kill ‘em With Kindness
Folks, it doesn’t hurt to crack smile or give a hello. Be friendly & get to know the owner or the people that work there. They can tell you the story of that blouse you are about to try on or that bookcase you are eyeing. Plus, if you are sweet as sugar they might keep an eye out for an item you’ve been dying to possess when the next batch of treasures comes in.
6. Don’t Rush
Take your time when walking through the bargain store. Hidden treasures are everywhere so channel your inner Sherlock Holmes & get to work.
7. Bring a Measuring Tape
Learned this one from my MIL…don’t leave home without it. You know the scenario: Big Couch + Small Door = Not a happy ending.
8. Leave Your Kids at Home
Correction…sometimes bring your kids. The last thrift store we went to my kids had a ball and came out with amazing art materials for school and home. Check out my post on Cary Creative Center, Inc. They are a non-profit thrift store that provides donated art materials along with educational programming to the community.
9. Bring a fellow Thrift Shop Junkie
Don’t just bring your bestie bring a friend or a family member who knows the ins & outs of thrifting. They are the ones that can help you find the items you are looking for…plus they can hold the other end of the measuring tape.
10. Pat Yourself On The Back
Enjoy every moment & remind yourself that you are #Givingback to your community with every purchase you make.
National Thrift Shop Day is not just a day of shopping & discounts, but a reminder of how we can conserve and value our past treasures. Grab your bag, measuring tape & your shopping buddy & head out to your local thrift shop today and let the celebration begin!
What has been your favorite item you’ve purchased at your local thrift shop?