Don’t be afraid to leave empty handed! There have been several times when I’ve left a thrift store without purchasing anything. It’s perfectly okay to leave behind whatever you don’t love or have a use for. Check over what you’re interested in buying to make sure there aren’t hidden stains, tears, or cracks.
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Many thrift shops support specific charities. If you have an organization you feel strongly about, check to see if they have any thrift stores or rummage sales. Even if you feel that some of their prices are higher than they should be, remember that it’s going to a good cause. Some thrift stores are privately owned and for profit. It’s just helpful to know the difference.
Books are one of the best thrift store items to resell for a few reasons:
Just like any other store, thrift shops have return policies. Commonly, they accept returns within 7 days for store credit only. Check with your store to find out their specific policy. And make sure you like what you’re buying enough to not regret your purchase a few days later.
When it comes to thrift shopping clothes or seasonal decor, off-season is your best bet. Check out the winter coats in July, and the Christmas decorations in February. The store may have more inventory, or lowered the price to clear it out.
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Be creative when thrift shopping. Many items can be repurposed into something other than their original intention. Be sure to check out the framed art as well. While the actual art might be hideous, the frame itself could be really nice or valuable.
Another thrift store item that’s worth reselling is textbooks. These sell pretty well online. College textbooks are a good choice because students often look for books at cheaper prices – just make sure that you’re not buying an outdated edition because you might not be able to resell it. Textbooks can be sold on sites like eBay and Craigslist, but there are also other sites to sell textbooks on as well. Here are a few:
It’s always important to be kind, and the workers at thrift shops may receive less kindness than usual. In addition to spreading goodwill (no pun intended, hehe), befriending the thrift shop employees can work in your favor. You can ask them when the store restocks their inventory, as well as when they mark things down.