Lifehack’s A Basic Guide to Thrift Store Shopping got me thinking. I haven’t set foot in a thrift store since I was a kid. I know there are good deals to be had – not only from reading about the gems others have found, but also from knowing what I personally donate to Goodwill (things like brand new clothing that just isn’t my taste (gifts) and appliances that work great but just don’t get used). So I’ve compiled a list of reasons why I don’t shop at thrift stores to see if I can be persuaded to try it as an adult.
- I can get equally good deals by shopping sales at retail stores. With a discount off an already marked down price and a store coupon, I can easily pay a mere 30% of the full retail price.
- It takes too much time to find what I want. You never know what you’re going to find at a thrift store, which can be a good thing, but I don’t have a lot of time just for browsing. And I certainly don’t have the time to keep going back to the store to see if they’ve gotten what I’m looking for.
- There isn’t much parking available at the stores near us.
- I don’t like combing through a hundred items or more to find one that I like enough to buy. My memories are faded, but I seem to recall stuffed rounders of clothing.
If you’re a veteran thrift store shopper, given my concerns, do you think I would find thrift shopping worthwhile?