The Secrets To Thrift Store Shopping

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Thrift store shopping is one of the best ways to find rare and unique pieces at extremely low prices. In fact, this blog actually started out as a platform for me to share some of my best thrift store finds. Therefore, it’s no surprise that I always get questions on thrifting and how I find so many gems.

So I’ve finally put together a list of all my thrift store secrets, so that you can also find some great vintage pieces!

Thrift Store Shopping Secrets

Search The ENTIRE Store – When most people visit a thrift store, they search the section of the store that their interested in and leave if they don’t find anything. However, this is a huge rookie mistake for two reasons.

Firstly, there are always people that try to hide things in the thrift store so that they can come back for it later (I’ve done that once or twice). Secondly, sometimes the staff accidentally puts menswear in the women’s section and vice versa (this is actually very common). Therefore, after you’ve checked the men’s section, make sure you scan the women’s, kid’s, and furniture section of the store as well.

Be Friendly With The Staff – The people that work at thrift stores are usually very kind and helpful individuals. Therefore, if you build a good relationship with them they might give you a heads up when the good stuff comes in. Or if you’re lucky, they might even hold a couple of things for you!

Consistency – Just like everything else in life, consistency is key! I always say it’s best to visit the thrift at least 2-3 times a week. For some people this might seem excessive, but for the thrift store veterans out there, you know that this is essential. Mainly because some thrift stores re-stock every day and others only restock 2-3 times a week. Therefore, you want to make sure that you’re there when they bring out the new stuff.

Bonus Tip

Location* – I actually forgot to share this tip in the video but the best thrift stores are located in wealthy neighborhoods. So drive out to the suburbs and check out their thrift stores because they always have the best stuff, especially when it comes to clothing and furniture!


As always, thanks for reading and feel free to share some of your thrifting tips in the comments below.

Yours truly,

Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor

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