Have you ever been into a thrift store, flea market, massive yard sale, or anywhere else where your options are endless and rather than seeing it as heaven, you are utterly overwhelmed with the amount of choices? In this post I want to address the idea of “digging” without getting dirty in thrift stores. Or in any place really. But specifically places where there is more “stuff” than you could ever look through in a day. Here is my advice…
Referring to my previous blog Thrifty Business III you need to be prepared. You need to know what you want and how much you want to pay. So, with that in mind, take it slowly, this is a great task to accomplish in one day. So don’t be discouraged if it takes you a little while to get a hold of this one. So, when looking for general things, say, summer shirts, go to that section of the store. Do not get sidetracked! There are two different methods to this, so pay attention!
Method #1 – Flip Method
Start all of the way at the left end of the rack that you are at. pushing all of the hangers as far to the right as possible. Then, quickly begin to slide each individual hanger to the left side, stopping only when something catches you eye, the key to this is to quickly get through each rack looking at each item only briefly. In doing so you can be quite confident that you will not miss much. only pull items out once you have done a quick scan front and back of the item to make sure that there are no stains, tears, missing buttons, etc.
Method #2 – Glance Method
start all of the way at one end of whatever rack you are working on. do not actually look through the clothing, but rather, run your hand or finger over the top of each hanger, so that you see each pattern and item without actually taking the time to do the flipping method. Only stop and closely examine the items that catch your eye.
If you are looking for specific things like a black shirt or khaki pants, try the flip method. Especially if they are color coordinated. Places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army normally are!
When it comes to housewares and other “shelved” items, browse quickly, if something catches your eye, pick it up, after you have made your first pass, sort through the things in your cart and put back the things you can live without. After you have browsed the entire store, make another pass at all of the shelves just to make sure you don’t miss anything. Don’t be afraid of putting things in your cart. Or of putting them back!
Good luck, happy thrifting 🙂