The Art of Thrift Store Shopping

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The economy has forced many people to become creative with their shopping techniques. Money does not seem to go as far as it used to. There are basically two ways that you can look at all of this. You can mope around and be miserable about the current state of the economy which never gets anyone anywhere or you can take a different outlook on the situation.

You must see this as an opportunity for something new, a chance to change for the better. Once you understand this simple concept, everything in life becomes a whole lot easier. Here is what you need to do:

Change Your Shopping Habits

Finding the best deal is not always as difficult as one might think. You just need to know where to look. If you are spending all of your free time looking for great deals at all of the major department stores in your area, then you are wasting your time. You need to completely re-think your shopping. These large department stores are not going to help. Sure, you may be able to find a great deal every now and then from a major retail outlet, but you need to understand how these places operate if you want to start saving some money.

The occasional deal that you do find will make you a happy customer. This is the bait, and you have just fallen for it. This is the part where the retail giant reels you in like a poor fish at the end of a line. Once you are inside the retail store, you will spend more money. This is how the retail store makes up for the “great deal” you just thought you had.

Time To Get Thrifty

Welcome to the wonderful world of thrift stores. These stores offer countless treasures that are just waiting for you. If you have never had the pleasure of shopping in a thrift store, then you really don’t know what you are missing. It only takes one look at the price tag to convince you that this is the place to shop. You may even think that the price tag is a typo. This is not uncommon. Many first time thrift store shoppers think the prices must be some kind of mistake. Don’t be alarmed if you find yourself in the same situation.

 What Can You Find In Thrift Stores
This has to be one of the best things about a thrift store. You can find just about anything that you could ever imagine, and everything has a low price tag. Here are some of the more common items that you can find in a thrift store:

clothing
music
furniture
movies
video games
jewelry
antiques

These are just a few of the more common items. You can basically find anything that you would find in a department store at a thrift store, but the end result will be more money in your bank account. Shopping at thrift stores is the best way to start saving some money.

Happy Thrift Shopping! 

George Papas is a freelance writer who enjoys shopping for a bargain. He discovered thrift stores years ago, and now he is sharing his secret with the world. His family uses Musicmagpie.com to sell all of their old games, DVDs and CDs.

 

 Photo via USAG-Humphreys/flickr 

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