Guide to Finding the Best Buys at Salvation Army

  1. Go regularly
    Going once and not finding anything cannot determine that thrifting never works. Shoot for once a week or every 2 weeks.
  2. Learn about discounts
    Wednesdays are half off day at Salvation Army where I live and that's when I go. Some thrift stores have certain tag colors on sale at different times.
  3. Go early
    Especially on discount day. There is a line outside to get in my SA on Wednesdays. Mostly so you can get a cart.
  4. Be open to anything.
    But also have an idea of what you're looking for. Go straight to any section you really need something from. Snow pants, shoes, children's clothes, pants, etc. Then be ready to find things you didn't even know you needed! Ugly Christmas sweater in July? Snag it.
  5. Go with a friend
    I have trouble making decisions and often go a safe route. My friend helps me decide to take a risk. Also, you can split up a bit and look for each other in different sections.
  6. Don't be afraid to try things on
    I often skip this step because I'm lazy and it's half off so it's easier to buy. I often regret this.
  7. Don't be afraid of used things.
    I have found most of my workout gear at SA. (Lululemon for $1.50 anyone?) This might gross some people out but I'm ok with it. I do have standards though. No undergarments or swim suits.
  8. Take your time
    It's more enjoyable if you can take your time and you're more likely to find that steal.
  9. Check the rack by the dressing room
    Maybe someone tried something on and it didn't fit. Might fit you! And it was probably pretty cool if someone decided to try it on.
  10. Go with a friend
    I'm putting this twice because it really does make it better.