Retail prices are on the rise and shopping at thrift stores can be a great way to save money on clothing and home decor. Thrifters may even be able to find high quality designer items for a fraction of their original prices. If not careful, though, thrift shoppers may find themselves wasting as much money as they save by making five common mistakes. Learn about these five common thrifting mistakes and how to avoid them in order to get the most for your money.
- Buying Damaged Items. Thrift stores are filled with good quality items, but many are damaged beyond repair. Avoid wasting money on damaged items by checking over everything carefully. Look for holes, tears, missing buttons and stains on clothing. Check glass and ceramic goods for chips and cracks. Make sure that toys and games have all their pieces. Taking the time to check your items carefully will save you money and disappointment.
- Not Trying on Clothes. While many people won’t buy clothing from a traditional retail store without trying it on they often skip the thrift store dressing rooms. This is a big mistake! Clothing that does not fit is useless and a big waste of money. Avoid this mistake by taking advantage of thrift store fitting rooms and trying on everything that you want to buy. A little extra time in the dressing room could mean a little extra money in your wallet.
- Rushing. Retail stores are easy to shop. All you have to do is find what you like and pull it off the shelf or the rack. Thrift stores are different. They require a little more time and effort to search for the perfect items. Many people dislike thrifting because they don’t anticipate the time it will take to find items and they rush through the store, often leaving empty handed. Avoid this by expecting and preparing to spend more time in the store. This will make thrifting a more enjoyable experience and allow you to find better items.
- Falling for Fake Designer Labels. It is possible to find designer items in thrift stores, but beware of fakes. Sometimes thrift stores hike up the price of items with designer labels.These items may seem like great deals in comparison with the original prices, but remember that thrift stores don’t often research authenticity. Avoid wasting money on fakes by taking the research into your own hands. There are many resources that can help you authenticate designer items. A quick Google search may be all it takes to expose a fake and save you money.
- Not Returning Items. Many people don’t realize that some thrift stores offer returns just like retails stores and so they do not take advantage of these opportunities when they should. Avoid this mistake by asking your local thrift store workers about their return policy. Return items that don’t work for you and save valuable money that can be used on something else.
Shopping at thrift stores can be overwhelming, but it can also be enjoyable! Avoid these common mistakes and you can enjoy thrifting and get the most bang for your buck.