I approach a new thrift shop the way a foodie approaches a farmer’s market. My palms get sweaty. My focus narrows as I mentally run through the list of everything I’m hoping to find.
Though I’ve picked my way through hundreds of secondhand stores across the country, the rush never fades.
Over the past three decades, I’ve turned my weird enthusiasm into a lucrative side business. These days, I shop more efficiently than ever before and usually find a handful of things that make every trip worthwhile.
The following are my best secrets to success.