10 Items That You Should Always Buy at Thrift Stores

Updated on December 1, 2018

Shopping Smart to Save Money

It goes without saying that you can save tons of money shopping at thrift stores. That's always fun. But the real fun in thrift store shopping though, is in the hunt. The looking, and looking, and looking for that diamond in the rough. That one thing in the whole store that will make the trip worth it. These 10 items may not exactly be "that one thing," but it's good to look for them every single time you find yourself at a thrift store.

Gardening Supplies

It doesn't matter if you see hand tools, full sized tools, pots and planters, wheelbarrows, or whatever. It's well worth the time to stop and check it out to be sure that it's still in good working order. Check for things like: wooden handles on tools don't have any cracks, the plastic pots aren't starting to split, and any rubber isn't dry rotting. If anything passes all of your inspections, buy it to save yourself some money next time you are in the lawn and garden store.

Books

Thrift store bookshelves are always littered with books on every topic under the Sun. It doesn't matter if you collect books, or just plain like to read. Thrift store books are worth stopping to check out.

Tools

The tool selection at thrift stores can range greatly due to different policies. But even while bladed tools may not be available to you, punches, chisels, hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and files are all worth stopping to take a look at. Aesthetically they usually will need a little T.L.C., but you can usually walk out of the store with a perfectly functional tool for a very nice price.

Electronics

It doesn't matter if you are looking for radios, game systems, alarm clocks, or computers. Your local thrift shop just may have what you are looking for. Most places will let you test electronics prior to buying them. If your store doesn't have a return policy make sure to take advantage of this.

Maps and Atlases

Though they have been mostly replaced by technology, maps, and atlases are still useful backup tools to keep handy. You will probably be able to find atlases in with the books, and maps may be there as well, but I have also found them in with the paintings, and while rifling through free and bargain bins.

Dishes and Utensils

Unless I find something somewhere else that I really like, most of my dishes and eating utensils come from thrift shops. If you are buying ceramic or glass items be sure to check for chips and cracks, and don't buy metal with rusty spots. If your items pass those two checks, buy them.

Bicycles

Even if you don't ride one, a bicycle is almost always a good buy from a thrift shop. If you can get ahold of them cheap enough they are good project bases to upcycle and flip for a little bit of profit. Or you could just put some elbow grease into it and give it as a gift or sell it that way.

Clothing

Second hand stores are an awesome place to shop for name brand clothing at a fraction of what you'd pay for them if you went and bought them from a department or clothing store. And if you look hard enough you can find brand new clothing with tags still attached. They are also a good source of clothing to wear if you have an especially messy job that you need to do and would like to have something disposable to wear.

Emergency Equipment

Preparing yourself and your family for an emergency can be an expensive undertaking. Be on the lookout for things like flashlights, coolers, tents, battery operated radios, and lanterns to save yourself a lot of money. Just be sure to check everything to be sure that it works properly, and there isn't excessive wear.

Furniture

Of all of the items to be purchased at thrift stores, furniture is where you will probably save the most money. Purchasing second hand furniture, most of the time, will work out to costing you pennies on the dollar when compared to going out and buying something brand new.

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      • StreamandField profile imageAUTHOR

        Michael 

        2 weeks ago from Jacksonville,NC

        Thank you very much Stephanie. I love thrift shopping and going to yard sales because you truly never know what you are going to find.

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        Stephanie Launiu 

        2 weeks ago from Hawai'i

        Your article was a nice reminder of what kinds of bargains we can find at thrift stores. It also reminded me to check out the thrift stores around me that I haven't been to in a while. I've been buying too many things for full price when I know, with a little extra time, I could have found them in a thrift store. And you're right, the fun is in the hunt. Thank you for a well-written article. Sharing on Pinterest and FB.

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