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Guest Post: Amanda’s Top Five Tips for Thrifting

August 25, 2010

I’ve heard a lot of people complain that they’re not good at thrifting. They get overwhelmed when surrounded by so many things to look through and feel like they don’t know how to approach the grand Goodwill search.

As an experienced thrifter, here are a few tips I can offer to make your experience a lot easier, more productive, and fun!

  • Don’t be in a hurry. Give yourself about an hour for a good rummaging experience. Treat it as a treasure hunt and take your time to explore all the sections of the store. If you’re in a hurry, you’ll end up scanning right over things that could be useful.
  • Bring a list of things you’re looking for. You take one to the grocery store, so why not Goodwill? Think of pieces you’ve been wanting for your wardrobe, little touches that are needed around the house, or supplies for your latest craft project.
  • Don’t forget your friends. You never know what you might find for your vintage-loving or crafty friends. And sometimes you’ll find things brand new, still in the box or with the tags, that just might be the perfect fit for someone you need to buy for.
  • Look past scratches, stains, scrapes, and broken parts. If something doesn’t work, sometimes it can be fixed or used in a different way. An old lamp can be rewired with a cheap, simple kit from the hardware store. A blanket with a big stain can be used to recover a footstool. A scratched rocking chair can be refinished or painted.
  • Bring your own bags. Everyone has gotten used to bringing their reusable shopping bags to the market, but Goodwill doesn’t have to be an exception. Bring your bags and bring plenty (just in case you leave with armfuls)!

Here’s a look at some of my recent favorite Goodwill finds:

-Amanda Aileen Fisher


This post was written by guest blogger and Goodwill shopper Amanda Aileen Fisher. Stop by our Contributors page for more about Amanda.

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