The Truth about Thrift Stores
It is true that thrift stores often have very large inventories. Because their merchandise is acquired through charitable donations from individuals, they do not select items to keep in stock. As a result, almost everything they receive as a donation ends up for sale in the store, and there can be extreme variation in type and quality. If one doesn’t take the time to look closely in thrift stores, one might get the impression that clothes there are ripped, stained, or otherwise unusable. However, if one takes the time to look closely in thrift stores, one can find clothes that are in excellent condition, even brand new clothes, for very low prices.
Tip #1: Shop by Neighborhood
Thrift store shopping can be particularly productive in large cities if one knows where to look. The first and most important guideline for thrift store shopping, or “thrifting,” is to consider the neighborhood. Donations of clothes and other items usually come from people who live in the area surrounding a thrift store. Therefore, if a thrift store is located in or near an upscale neighborhood or well-to-do part of town, chances