40 Thrift Store Secrets Every Savvy Bargain Hunter Should Know

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38. They do what with my donations?

If you make regular donations to a thrift shop, don’t assume that all of your items will end up on sale. You see, staffers typically sort through goods to find the best pieces and put those out for buyers. The rest – including items that stay on shelves for too long without selling – ends up with charities, at a recycling center or, in the worst case scenario, in the trash.

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37. Location matters

The Simple Dollar’s Trent Hamm advised, “You want to know where affluent people live because it’s those affluent people who tend to donate good stuff to thrift stores and consignment shops. These are people who tend to buy expensive things and then turn them over at a high rate.” Just be ready to pay a slightly higher price for your purchases in such areas.

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36. Shop private, expect higher prices

Non-profit thrift stores often put their earnings toward the greater good, supporting job-training initiatives, local shelters, food banks and more. As such, they accept more donations – and sell them at a deeper discount – in order to make the money that the community needs. Private stores, though, will always be more selective with what they sell. And because these businesses have to pay their rent and staff, their prices tend to be higher too.

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