7 Things You Should Always Buy at Thrift Stores

Thrift stores are full of quality stuff and bargains. Here are some buys that stand out from the rest.

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I was introduced to the art of thrifting a few years back when I was going through a rough patch and desperately needed attire for an interview.

I had frowned at the thought of shopping at Goodwill, Salvation Army or any other secondhand store. They were loaded with cheapskates, dusty fixtures, outdated clothing — and they smelled weird. Or so I thought.

To my surprise, the first Goodwill I visited was massive and full of irresistible deals. I landed a designer suit, blouse and accessories for around $15. And the kicker? The place had a pleasant aroma!

After that initial visit, I was hooked and decided to explore similar establishments for deals. Following are some types of items you should consider buying at your local thrift store.

But first, an important tip: Set a budget before you go. Even at a thrift store it is possible to overdo it, and it is tempting. So if you decide on $25, leave the plastic at home and only carry that amount of cash to the store. Once you’ve reached your limit, promptly head to the checkout counter. No exceptions!

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