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Not to get too Macklemore on you but…I do a little dance when I enter a thrift shop. I’m just so excited about all of the possible finds and treasures in there and the fact that I can shed that fear of, “I’m going to spend too much money” that I get when I enter a retail store. I feel like a kid in a candy shop. I feel rich! I feel like I may finally get to buy some of the brands that are usually beyond my price range. When I first discovered thrift stores, I went a little overboard. It felt like everything was basically free so, what was the harm in buying every little item that intrigued me? For starters, thing weren’t free. So, I found that, after I’d pop into a thrift store once or twice a week and buy everything I liked, I was spending an extra $200 a month or so…whoops! That adds up. It’s one of the not-so-smart ways I spent money in my twenties. Furthermore, I was buying a lot of duds, because the price persuaded me. Thrift stores are great, if you know how to hack them.

 

thrift store shopping

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Skip it if it was cheap to begin with

If the item started at one of those mass-production stores where everything is already cheap to begin with, you probably shouldn’t buy it from a thrift store. I won’t name names on what stores I’m talking about but, you know the ones—their items only have a very short lifespan to begin with when purchased brand new. They’re practically rags by the time they make it to thrift stores.

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