Wait. Isn’t ANYTIME a good time to thrift? Well, yes, especially in this world of fast-fashion and consumer waste. But there are a few timing-related factors to consider.
Toward the beginning of the season
Even if you’re a bargain-hunter extraordinaire who waits until garments have been marked down at least three times before pouncing, consider thrifting at the beginning of the season instead of the end. Thrift store items are so much cheaper than retail, even at “full price,” and if you thrift when the season is just beginning you’ll get first pick of new offerings. Waiting for markdowns will mean better bargains, but as the season begins to peter out, so do the seasonally appropriate offerings. Get shopping while the getting’s good.
On the day the floor gets restocked
Of course, thrift stores are generally in a constant state of receiving, processing, marking, and selling donated goods. So do seasonal shifts really matter? Well, yes, because donations generally follow seasonal shifts and if you want to thrift a winter coat right now you might be out of luck. But if you’re just looking for good stuff, season be damned, shop on restock day. The most recent batch of donations will hit the sales floor, and you can cherrypick to your heart’s content.
On holidays and sale days
In Minneapolis, virtually all federal and national holidays mean 50% off at the major thrift chains. In addition, most stores will do 50% off a certain color price tag once per week. For the most bargainous of bargains, shop on holidays or sale days.
So how on earth are you supposed to know when these things take place? Why, by asking your friendly thrift store employees, of course! They want you to shop with them, so they’ll be more than happy to share seasonal, stock, and sale-related dates.
When is YOUR favorite time to thrift?
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