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New to You: A Guide to Thrift Shopping

The Vue Apartments Blog, Fitchburg, WI  Find great, gently-used items at a thrift shop near you by using the tips and tricks in today's blog post.

Vintage is in, and that means thrift shops! Thrift shopping can be a lot of fun if done the right way. Lucky for you, The Vue Apartments Blog is here to help you make the most out of your thrifting experience by sharing some helpful thrifting tips and tricks. Keep reading for our best thrift shopping advice; then head out to discover the best thrift shops in the Fitchburg, Wisconsin area.  


Set a Budget

It can be very easy to overspend at thrift stores because everything is so inexpensive that you just want to buy it all. Avoid falling into this trap by setting a budget before you go and stick to that budget. If you think it will help, bring a set amount of money in cash to ensure you don’t go over budget.


Skip the Dressing Rooms

Thrift shops often have a limited number of dressing rooms available. Instead of waiting in line until a dressing room is unoccupied, skip it altogether. How? Wear tight, form-fitting clothing that you can easily try clothes on over right in the store.


Bring Your Own Shopping Bag

Instead of having to maneuver a shopping cart through the maze of crowded aisles in a thrift store, bring a reusable grocery bag to carry items that interest you.


Inspect Items Before Purchase

Before you buy anything from a thrift store, make sure you have inspected it thoroughly for holes, tears, and stains. If it can be easily fixed don’t turn it down, but avoid anything that might need extensive repair work; if you get your items home and then notice holes, stains, or tears that you didn’t notice before, it’s usually too late — many thrift stores have a no return policy. Try to avoid any surprises by examining an item closely before buying it.


Bring a Friend

Bringing someone along can make thrift shopping a lot more enjoyable. Pick out crazy outfits for each other to try on, and see who can find the coolest item. Another great reason to bring someone with you is to get a second opinion when you’re unsure about an item. It’s a good idea to bring someone along who you know will give you their honest opinion, even if it’s not what you want to hear.


Do you have any thrifting tips to share with us? Leave them in the comments so we can give them a go. Thanks for reading our post, and best of luck in your thrift shopping adventures!