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7 things you should always buy at thrift stores

Money Talks News Logo By Allison Martin of Money Talks News | Slide 1 of 8: I was introduced to the art of thrifting a few years back when I was going through a rough patch and desperately needed attire for an interview. I had frowned at the thought of shopping at Goodwill, Salvation Army or any other secondhand store. They were loaded with cheapskates, dusty fixtures, outdated clothing — and they smelled weird. Or so I thought. To my surprise, the first Goodwill I visited was massive and full of irresistible deals. I landed a designer suit, blouse and accessories for around $15. And the kicker? The place had a pleasant aroma! After that initial visit, I was hooked and decided to explore similar establishments for deals. Following are some types of items you should consider buying at your local thrift store. But first, an important tip: Set a budget before you go. Even at a thrift store it is possible to overdo it, and it is tempting. So if you decide on $25, leave the plastic at home and only carry that amount of cash to the store. Once you’ve reached your limit, promptly head to the checkout counter. No exceptions! It's not the usual blah, blah, blah. Click here to sign up for our free newsletter.

7 Things You Should Always Buy at Thrift Stores

I was introduced to the art of thrifting a few years back when I was going through a rough patch and desperately needed attire for an interview.

I had frowned at the thought of shopping at Goodwill, Salvation Army or any other secondhand store. They were loaded with cheapskates, dusty fixtures, outdated clothing — and they smelled weird. Or so I thought.

To my surprise, the first Goodwill I visited was massive and full of irresistible deals. I landed a designer suit, blouse and accessories for around $15. And the kicker? The place had a pleasant aroma!

After that initial visit, I was hooked and decided to explore similar establishments for deals. Following are some types of items you should consider buying at your local thrift store.

But first, an important tip: Set a budget before you go. Even at a thrift store it is possible to overdo it, and it is tempting. So if you decide on $25, leave the plastic at home and only carry that amount of cash to the store. Once you’ve reached your limit, promptly head to the checkout counter. No exceptions!

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah. Click here to sign up for our free newsletter.

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