A Veteran Thrift Store Shopper Shares His 8 Best Secrets

1. Shop strategically

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Committed thrift-shoppers are an assertive bunch. We hit our favorite spots regularly — sometimes daily — and many of us supplement our income by finding and flipping anything that’s underpriced and in demand.

To compete, you need a solid shopping strategy.

First, do a quick primary scan. Briefly check every department just to see what jumps out at you. The goal is to find the good stuff first and grab it. If you’re unsure about an item, don’t leave it behind. Put it in your cart and make your final decision later.

Next, perform a secondary search. In this more leisurely phase, focus on what’s below the surface. Look for hidden gems that others have missed, specific items you need, or clothing in just the right style, size and color.

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