When you think of thrift stores, is Goodwill the first one to come to mind?
It might be the only thrift store in your area. But chances are, there are at least a few others — local and national charities.
I’ve found my share of decent finds at Goodwill stores. But I’ve found even better deals at thrift stores such as St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.
Take today for example.
Johnny and I stopped in the St. Vincent de Paul because Tuesdays are “kid” days there. It’s half-off children’s clothing, books and games.
- I picked up a size 2T winter coat that I anticipate he’ll be able to wear next year for $2.
- Some like-new New Balance tennis shoes for Johnny for $1
- A stack of books in excellent condition ranging in price from $0.20 to $1 each
- Trivial Pursuit 20th Anniversary Edition with game cards still in the original wrapper for $2
And that was just one day of thrifting!
I picked up a schedule of what’s on sale when and keep it on my bulletin board.
The Salvation Army also has various sale days, and you could probably get at copy of their schedule there.
Of course, the types of deals you’d be able to find absolutely depend on the donations that store receives. Some people donate to Goodwill and Goodwill only. I like to share my donations among my favorite stores.
If you haven’t thrifted lately, or if you’ve never been to another thrift store besides Goodwill, be sure to check ’em out!
Edited to add: Some thrift stores are more picky about the quality of goods they’ll put on your shelves. If you think one store has nothing but junk, try somewhere else! You might find lots of new or nearly new items!