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Clothes on hangers in a thrift store near The Slate in Savannah, Georgia



Thrift store fanatics know: It’s tough hunting out there. Maybe you’re new to the thrifting game and are wondering how to make the most out of your first experience. You’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for an ironic sweatshirt with a psychedelic butterfly design, a chic suitcase with a timeless paisley pattern, or a Looney Tunes-themed salt and pepper shaker set to add to your ever-growing collection (who are we to judge!?), our guide will help you nab exactly what you’re looking for.

Small Towns, Big Surprises

You might be thinking your best bet to find a good deal is a Goodwill in a wealthy neighborhood. While we’re not suggesting you won’t – a lot of people have the same idea, which means it’s often slim pickings. Instead, try a smaller town. These locations usually don’t get enough local donations, which means the bigger stores donate their excess inventory. You’d be surprised what you’ll find. Dior sunglasses? Yes, please!

Wednesdays Over Weekends

Shopping in a thrift store on a Saturday will just lead to you and another shopper going medieval over a vintage pair of Ronald McDonald slippers. It’s a lose-lose situation, when you think about it. Don’t. Do it. Wednesdays tend to be a little more low-key, and you can normally count on a fresh inventory. Pro tip: Call the store and ask when they restock.

Go in With a Plan

You may think it might be fun to browse freely, looking around, seeing what all the store has to offer. Until suddenly, you find yourself in the toy aisle, confronted with a wave of nostalgia. Bop It. Tamagotchi. Betty Spaghetty. Doodle Bear. Gak Splat. And, say, doesn’t that Furby look just like Princess Buttercake IV? Trust us. Go in with a plan and stick to it – or else find yourself with a trunk full of tchotchkes and doodads, wondering where you went wrong. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Get Your Shopping On

Now that you’re prepared, it’s time to get to it! Be sure to check out our blog for more lifestyle advice and posts on local events.