Thrifting can be a thankless task if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Often, you’ll spend hours perusing the shelves without any idea of what constitutes a real bargain – only to then fill your boots with junk that you don’t need. Learning what to keep an eye out for, then, can turn your thrift store visits into genuinely fruitful shopping trips. And, if you’re savvy enough, there are even some potential moneymaking opportunities.
40. Wooden furniture
When you think about it, buying second-hand wooden furniture just makes sense. If you buy new, after all, there’s no proof that it’s going to stand the test of time. But a vintage piece you find in a thrift store for a bargain price? Well, it’s lasted this long hasn’t it? If you’re unsure, though, check for dovetailing – a joinery style that indicates a handmade item.
39. Baby clothes
Babies grow so fast that it can be a financial nightmare trying to keep them clothed. Fortunately, though, there is an alternative. Yes, thrift stores can be an absolute gold mine for baby clothes at a fraction of the price. And even when the kids get a bit older, stick to the same source for everyday clothes, as these will also likely wear out quickly.