How To Stay Focused While Shopping At A Thrift Store

Every wonder how to find exactly what you need on your next thrift store visit?


In order to stay focused while shopping you need to achieve a zen state of mind. 

Thrifting is a fun, leisure activity that can be done solo or with friends. It’s a great way to find your next favorite pair of jeans, or a cute dress perfect for your next fall photoshoot. It feels like a treasure hunt, which makes it even more challenging and fun to discover the unique items hidden away. It’s easy to get sidetracked though. In order to find exactly what you need, here are a few actions you can take to make sure that everything goes smoothly next time you are shopping at a thrift store. 

Thrift frequently 

You never know what you are going to find at a thrift store and with all the goodies, it can be hard to stay focused while shopping. Inventory changes weekly and the item that you are looking for will eventually pass through the doors. Make it a habit to stop by and search for items you need on your way home from work occasionally and you will be surprised at how quickly you can find the items you want. 

Make a list

The best shoppers know that making a list and sticking to it is the best way to be efficient, fast, and stay on budget. Even on your trips to the grocery store, if you don’t have a list, you will just end up pickup up anything that looks good to you. Be sure that you put exactly what you want on there and stick with it. If you are in need of a new pair of winter boots and a jacket, write that down on a list and do not stray away, no matter what other treasures you may find. It is difficult to resist, but it is better to stay on track, and you will thank yourself later. 

Check Everywhere

Sometimes you will find a hidden gem in the back of the store. Be thorough and make sure that you search through the shoe racks for those emerald heels you have been looking for to wear to your next event. You may even find some high-value items if you know what to search for. 

Examine the Clothing 

When shopping for clothes, test them out before you buy them. Try them on, is possible, check for any stains, holes, or weird smells. Sometimes things can be sewn back up, but make sure that it is worth mending before purchasing. 

Check for Seasonal Items

Want a fall dress? Want a hat to wear to the beach during the summer months? Need a new winter coat? Seasonal items are a great thing to look for when thrifting because more often than not they are lightly used. 

Go When They Have Sales

Thrift store sales are the best. Things are marked down so low that it’s practically a steal. Senior discounts, as well as others, roll around occasionally. It is worth it to find out when they have special offers so you can really get a deal. 

To re-iterate, here is a list of things you can do next time you go thrifting to stay focused and find exactly what you need.

  • Thrift often
  • Make  a list
  • Look all over the store
  • Examine clothes
  • Check for seasonal items
  • Go when there are sales

Now you are ready to go out into the world of thrift shopping, well prepared! Remember to stop by Community Family Thrift store to find the items you need on your next thrift store visit. 

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