Thrift stores get tons of items thanks to spring cleaning. So, now is the time to shop!
DealNews Consumer Analyst Anice Lieberman said the best time to go to a thrift store is at the end of the month because that’s when they need to get rid of inventory and prices drop. Lieberman said after 30 days, stores typically lower the price by 20 percent because they need to make room for the new donations. So, go through your closet now! If you haven’t worn any items for a year, recycle, and then you won’t feel bad about buying something new to replace it!
What are some simple ways to save?
“If you see a defect, something a little bit off, tell them to give me a discount,” Lieberman said. Negotiate and always inspect each item. Don’t be afraid to try on the clothes! Just because it says a size 8 doesn’t mean it’s going to fit you perfectly. Don't forget that many people alter their items.
Also, know what’s a good deal before you spend your cash. Then, if it's a good deal, decide if you want or need it. You don’t want to get stuck with something you won’t use. “Once you've bought it, it's yours. There's no return policy so you need to be careful,” Lieberman said. “Avoid electronics because they get outdated so quickly.”
Consignment stores are a good option too. You can make some extra cash, but don’t expect it to be cheaper than thrift stores. Lieberman says,” The consignor has to give the owner part of the money. So, the items will be pricier but the quality may be better.”
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