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How to Thrift Off-Season

Want to know how to find some of the best items at Goodwill year round?

Shopping off-season!

Welcome back to the 12 Months of Thrifting Challenge where we invite you to share your thrifted finds using the tag #12MonthsofThrifting on Instagram. This month’s prompt is to thrift something you need off-season.

Goodwill Akron locations carry seasonal items all year round, meaning you can easily find a coat in July and a swimsuit in December. Thrifting off-season is one my favorite ways to find items on my thrift wish list all year round. Best part? Not many other shoppers are shopping for a coat in the middle of the summer so you might get the entire aisle to yourself!

Plan ahead

Think about upcoming events, holidays, electronics, home décor, clothes, supplies, or furniture items you need and put them on a running thrift wish list. For example, my four year old grows out of clothes very quickly so I’m already thrifting for fall and winter play clothes for her next size at Goodwill.

Make it a part of your thrift routine

It can be tough to get in the right headspace to shop for holiday décor or winter clothes in July. I try to make a point to at least walk through the seasonal sections about once a month at Goodwill to see if there’s anything I need on my list.

Look for the deals

Since most shoppers are shopping for their current needs, much of the seasonal items will stay on the sales floor until they get marked down. So be sure to check the half off color tag for the day and save on seasonal items.

Items to look for off-season

These are some of the items I always shop for year round: outerwear, Christmas décor, children’s clothes, snowsuits, swimwear, formal dresses, gifts, garden supplies, and bakeware. 

Remember, buying something you don’t really need is never a bargain, no matter the price.