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Thrift Store Shopping 101 – 10 Tips

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Thrift Store Shopping 101 – 10 Tips


There are few things I enjoy more in the world than scouring the racks at my local secondhand store. There are so many treasures to be found! What’s more, shopping secondhand is about as green as you can get — reusing old products is far better for the environment than buying new. Cost, too, is a really great aspect of thrift stores; savvy shoppers can save hundreds of dollars on almost-new items by shopping secondhand. Not sure where to start? Well, check out some of my tips for navigating thrift stores on the following pages, and feel free to add your own tips.

Want to show off your best thrift store find? Send me an email with the story/description (and a photo if you have one!) of your item and I’ll compile them for a future post!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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6:36AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

thank you

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Many fascinating things can be found at both thrift stores and garage sales, certainly a fabulous seasoned cast iron pan is a wonderful find. Many things are in reasonable shape and some can be given a new coat of paint.

Certainly sizes have changed and one can never go by what the size says, so many variations!

There are times when a visit to the thrift store is an interesting and intriguing one and sometimes one does not even have to buy anything.

4:54PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

I get all of my collectible ebay items at thrift shops. I go to different ones each week and have supplemented my income quite nicely by reselling them yet again!

7:15PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

thrift storing is my FAVORITE thing to do! giving new life to abandoned and unwanted treasures. I buy yarn, some clothes, books, toys for my son, little "just because" gifts... love it all!

8:49PM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

I love thrift stores, and I figure even if I only wear something once and then put it back in the donation bin, if it cost me $5 then it's ok! (Having said that, I have bought several things which cost me $5 or less which I still have many years later, or which I wore until they wore out!)

4:41PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

Hi Katie,
I love shopping at thrift stores too, mainly goodwill, but recently i've become concerned about the chemicals that they spray on their clothing, like deodorizers and disinfectants and ive been wondering about the possible health hazards. What do you think?

7:18PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

i love thrift stores...should go more often!

9:46PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

Fun article...

8:28PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012


9:57AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

I love thrift stores!! I have found some of the greatest things for so litle the money at thrisft stores... easy on the wallet and big on recycling!

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