How to Get Deeper Discounts at Thrift Stores

Your discount at the thrift store can help someone in need.
Your discount at the thrift store can help someone in need. (Image: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Thrift stores can be a gold mine for low-priced items such clothing, electronics, kitchen items, home décor and jewelry. Some people buy items from thrift stores to resell on eBay. Whether you are buying thrift store items to keep or resell on eBay, there are ways you can pay less than the shelf price for the items you find.

Shop on the days the thrift store designates for sales. Many thrift stores run specials on certain days of the week with discounts of 50 to 75 percent off the regular price. Research your area thrift stores and learn which days of the week these stores run specials.

Look for color coded tags. Some thrift stores offer discounts on items coded with a specific color. Each color is worth a certain percentage off the regular price for the item.

Search local newspapers for ads and coupons for thrift stores. Ask the store manager if the thrift store ever offers coupons.

Sign up for the store's mailing list if it has one. You may receive coupons in the mail or by email.

Ensure that the item is something really want. It's not a great deal if you won't use the item. A 2011 article recommends bringing a friend with you who can talk you out of buying an unnecessary item.

Examine the item for any serious flaws. It won't end up being a great deal if the item requires extensive repair.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask other customers and the store manager about extra discounts. Special discounts many not be advertised.

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