Thrift Stores Clothes: Will They Really Save You Money?

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Let’s face it – clothes are expensive. Unfortunately, clothes are also one of the necessities that we all must buy. To help lessen the financial burden of clothes shopping, more people are turning to their local thrift stores with the hope of finding some good deals. Is buying used articles of clothing from a thrift store really cheaper in the long run? Most often, the answer is yes.

First off, let’s dispel a couple of the myths surrounding thrift store clothing.

All thrift stores carry are old worn-out items.

Not true. In fact, the vast majority of thrift stores have standards set in place which limit their items to new and gently used articles of clothing. Old worn-out items might not be worth buying, but “almost new” clothing at a fraction of its original price certainly is.

Thrift stores don’t sell brand name items.

Again, not true. Though it can take a bit of searching, brand name items, including ones from top designers around the world, can often be found on thrift store racks. People from all walks of life donate their used clothing to thrift stores, so you never know what you will find when you take the time to look.

It’s important to remember that not all thrift stores have the highest of standards, so it will be up to you to judge whether or not the item is worth buying. Be sure to pass on any items with holes, stains, missing buttons, torn seams, or ones that have been stretched out of shape. If it looks past its prime, then it’s probably not worth spending any money on it.
For first-time thrift store shoppers, it’s best to come armed with a little knowledge so that you can make the most of your shopping experience.

Remember that new items are added to thrift stores all the time. The more often you stop by, the better chance you will have at finding exactly what you’ve been looking for. Also, no two thrift stores will carry the same inventory, so if you have several thrift stores in your area, it can be well worth the time to visit them all.

While you are in the store, be sure that you try everything on before making your purchase. This may you can avoid buying articles of clothing that either don’t fit you properly or look less than flattering. You aren’t saving money if you are buying items that you’ll never wear.

It is also a good idea to inquire about each location’s sale day schedules. Most thrift stores have regular sale days to help rotate their inventory. By choosing to shop on these days instead, you could save even more money. Some thrift stores also offer discounts to seniors and students, so it’s worth asking about this too, should you fall into either of these categories.

With clothes being so expensive these days, it’s no wonder that people are changing their normal shopping routines in the hopes of saving a little money. For many people, this means visiting their local thrift store and buying used articles of clothing for a fraction of their original cost. If you are willing to give it a try, you’ll also see that there really is money to be saved when clothes shopping in a thrift store.
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