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Diversifying your thrift route is one of the key elements to being a successful thrifter and for making secondhand become second nature. I attribute my thrifting success to the habit of regularly adding new-to-me stores into my rotation. These are some lessons I’ve learned along the way:
Dos and Don’ts of starting a new relationship with a thrift store:
• Do explore outside of your immediate area. We like to try one new store a month.
• Don’t judge the store based on the neighborhood or area. I’ve been to some of the worst stores in some of the most prestigious cities and neighborhoods.
• Do a quick five minute walkthrough of the store before you focus on one area.
• Do a search of the store on social media before stopping in to get a feel of the vibe, but keep an open mind and don’t base your judgement totally on what you see on their page.
• Don’t assume all major retail thrift stores are the same. For example, Goodwills are operated by territories so their pricing, layout, and inventory will be different from one city to another.
• Do explore beyond typical retail thrift stores and try other ways of shopping secondhand such as antique, consignment, online, and rummage stores.
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