How to Get Deeper Discounts at Thrift Stores

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Thrift stores can be a gold mine for finding items such as new and used clothing, electronics, kitchen items, home décor, jewelry, and much more. Some people buy items from thrift stores to resell on eBay. I have found True Religion jeans for $5, Ferragamo shoes for $3, and Frederick's of Hollywood lingerie for $1. Whether you are buying thrift store items to keep or resell on eBay, there are ways you can pay less than the shelf price of the item.

  • Some thrift stores run specials on certain days offering discounts of 50% - 75% of their regular price. For example, the Value Village in my area marks everything in the store down 50% on the last Wednesday of the month. My Salvation Army thrift store marks items 50% off on Mondays. Learn the sales and specials in your area and go to the stores on the sale days.

  • Learn the color tag system. Thrift stores such as Goodwill, Value Village, and America's Thrift Store have a color coding system. A certain color tag is on sale every day at a certain percentage off. Focus on the color tag that is on sale.

  • My Goodwill store offers Senior Citizen Tuesdays. Everything in the store is 25% off if purchased by a Senior Citizen. If you are a Senior Citizen, take advantage of these special shopping days. If you aren't a Senior Citizen, maybe you have a relative, friend, neighbor, or co-worker who can go with you to help you get the discount.

  • Look for ads and coupons in local newspapers and in your junk mail. Another thrift store near me places an ad in the weekly paper with a coupon for 50% off the entire purchase, up to $200! These coupons can save you a lot of money. If you see other customers using coupons, ask where they got them. Ask the store manager if your thrift store ever offers coupons.

  • If your thrift store has a mailing list, sign up. You might receive coupons in the mail or by email.

  • See the resources links below for more thrift store shopping information.

Tips & Warnings

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

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