Even if you have a load of money in the bank, I bet you're still a sucker for a bargain! That's why I believe that shopping consignment (or thrifting, as the cool kids like to call it), is such a satisfying experience. Therefore, today I'm going to share some of the best tips for capturing discounted items of your dreams with you. So get ready to save some money and have a lot of fun!
Our guide for this thrift store shopping spree is YouTuber Collin from Hip2Save, a channel that focuses on all things frugal. She takes us on a tour of her local Goodwill store where she shows us how to find the best deals on the hottest items. Below are some of her most useful tips.
1. Pay Attention to the Color of the Tags
We all know that shopping at Goodwill is a surefire way to save money, but did you know that you might not be maximizing your savings? Here's why...
You may never have noticed that the tags on each Goodwill item differ in color. For example, some are blue, red, yellow, and so on. Once you've identified the color, take a look around you, and make a note of the sale signs located on the walls or racks.
When Collin visited the store, every item that had a pink label was 50% off. These items can be anything from clothing to home goods, and even office supplies. Keep this in mind the next time you visit so that you can load up on more cheap, quality stuff.
2. Give Santa a Run for His Money
A downside of consignment shopping is that it can be overwhelming. There is always a lot to look at and, unfortunately, not every store is as organized as the one that Collin is visiting. Nevertheless, it's important to try to stay focused and remember to explore what's being offered to you. You know, the important things, like toys!
The Goodwill store that Collin is in has a load of lightly used toys in stock that are still being sold at their maximum retail prices in the big box stores. Okay, so you're not going to end up with the original packaging, but which kid cares about the box anyway?
Thrift stores take all sorts of donations, even office supplies. Since we all know how expensive a stapler can be, we definitely suggest that you take advantage of this section. I bet you're thinking that the shelves will be filled with old printers and ancient crayon sets, but all of these items are new in their original packaging or are in great condition.
If you're looking to earn a return on your already very economical shopping spree, Collin points out that you can buy some of these supplies to "build your own coupon binder on the cheap."
Her brilliant tips don't stop there though! To learn more ways to save money at thrift shops, be sure to click on the video below. Happy thrifting!
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