I love the rush of finding a good deal, and Goodwill is where it’s at. Sometimes it can be a bit of a hunt, but with some time and persistence, I’ve been able to find quite a few low-cost treasures!
Though I love Goodwill, the thought of sifting through irregular racks and shelves of used items does not exactly trip my trigger. SO I have to go in with a plan. Here are a few of the ways I mentally prepare myself for my Goodwill excursions:
- Make a specific list of wants. What kinds of clothing, furniture, decor, etc. do I want? I often look at my Pinterest board ahead of time for inspiration, and I write down specific things I want.
- Be picky. I make sure what I buy is truly what I want and in good condition. I’m not just buying it to buy something or because it’s cheap. I don’t need clutter in my apartment, and I could save that money for something I really do want or need.
- Keep an open mind. I just said to be picky, but I also go in with some imagination. If something’s a good price, but not EXACTLY what I want, can I make minor adjustments to fit my needs? Maybe a shirt needs an easy stitch. A sturdy piece of furniture needs a coat of paint. Maybe I can’t wear this summer dress now, but I’ll be so excited to wear it in a few months. Make sure the adjustment is realistic and doesn’t tack on more costs.
- Go early. There are usually fewer shoppers at the store early in the morning, which makes it less chaotic. I’m likely to have more patience, and the hunt is more enjoyable.
- Set aside time. I accept that finding my treasures will take time, and I might come out empty-handed. This is totally okay- I’ll find something next time!
I’ve snagged a few more tips from other thrifters and plan to use them the next time I shop. I particularly like this post from Bless’er House.
Enjoy the hunt!
P.S. Check out my finds from today (9 tops for $50!):