7 Tips for Thrift Shopping ...

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I’m notorious among my friends and family for being the world’s (or at least metro Detroit’s) best thrift store shopper. This is a distinction I cherish, and I’m proud to say that most of my and my daughter’s clothing, shoes, and home accessories come from local thrift stores. But bargain thrifting isn’t always as straightforward as you might think, and you need to be well-prepared for a day in the thrift store. Here are 7 tips for thrift shopping.

1. Make a List

If you don’t make a list of the items you need, you’ll end up buying things you don’t need, and that’s just a waste of money. For instance, in my day planner, I have a list of the items I want, a list of the items my daughter want, and a list of the items my boyfriend and his kids all want. If it’s not on the list, I won’t buy it unless it’s something I know I can fit into my wardrobe. Otherwise, if I buy that gorgeous suede skirt, but I don’t have anything to wear with it, I’ll end up searching for months to find the right top, shoes, etc. And there’s no fun, or savings, in that.

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