Thrift Store Hacks You Need to Know
It’s Macklemore's favorite holiday everyone, National Thrift Store Day! Time to bust out those wallets and buy all the cool stuff you can find for dirt-cheap! At Liberty Bottleworks we are all about reusing our materials whenever and wherever we can so it’s pretty easy to say that we LOVE thrifting. Where else can you find a perfectly good pair of boots that totally fit your style for just $5? The thrift store! Where can you go to find books to add to your vintage book collection for just pennies? The thrift store! Where can you go to buy furniture at just a quarter of the price you would have to pay in the actual store? THE THRIFT STORE!
Since we know you’re just antsy to get off work and head to your local thrift spot, we’ve compiled a list of thrift store hacks that you need to know for your next shopping venture.
1. Always search for items in the most inconspicuous places.
Okay, you may have already heard this one from CBS’s hit sitcom, Two Broke Girls, but it’s true! Especially when the thrift store you’re at is one of the cool ones where everything in the store is just piled up in corners and on shelves and it’s just utter chaos…sweet, sweet thrift store chaos.
2. Try to barter!
You may not be able to pull this off at Goodwill, Value Village, or the Salvation Army, but some locally owned thrift store owners LOVE to barter. It’s a great way to get an even better deal on your already inexpensive items and you may be able to get them to trade their old stuff for your old stuff! A good sign that the owner may accept bartering is if none of the stuff has price tags on them. So don’t let a missing price deter you from getting that decorative jackhammer you’ve always wanted but never knew you needed. Think of a good price and go for it!
3. Go through every rack and shelf with a fine-tooth comb.
Yes, it does take some time depending on what store you’re at, but it’s worth it. You will be surprised at the treasures you will find when you go through a store with diligent eyes. Refer back to hack #1.
4. Openly explore all thrift stores, locally owned or not.
Thrifting and supporting a locally owned business go hand-in-hand and a lot of thrifters tend to lean that way, but it can also be beneficial to support large corporate owned thrift stores as well. Goodwill is an excellent example because the things that you donate and buy help people across the nation get jobs and job training.
5. Know the difference between thrifting and antiquing.
Antiquing and thrifting are in two completely different “buying for repurpose” leagues. While some of the same items may cross over into each store—like for example, a piano desk with a nice lacquered finish that has a few scuff marks here and there—they will be priced completely different. Antiquing is loads of fun when you’re looking for an extra special item that may have a deep rooted history and you’re willing to spend $100 or so, but thrifting is the way to go when you’re looking for unique items on a budget that may or may not have come from your high school art teacher’s overcrowded garage.
Remember, repurposing an item is not only a great way to stay on budget, but it’s also a great way to help eliminate your waste footprint on the environment. If you have an item that still holds its functionality, but it’s just “not you” anymore then repurpose it into something else or thrift it! Someone else could always use the things that you may not want anymore, and you can even help create jobs in the meantime.
Now that you have a working hack system going for your next thrifting adventure, go forth and thrift!