Shopping at a thrift store is a great way to expand your budget. As a bonus, buying gently used goods is a better environmental choice than buying new products. Do your kids need back-to-school clothes? Stop by the thrift store for some back-to-school savings. Do you want to redecorate your house? It’s time for a visit to the thrift store.

 

In honor of National Thrift Shop Day I’m going to share some of my favorite how-to articles.

 

How to find the best thrift stores

If you’ve never been to a thrift store before then this HGTV.com article is a great place to start.

 

“Some of the best items are found at thrift stores that are located a few miles outside of major cities. I was working in a small town about 45 minutes from my home. There was a junk shop that housed a lot of old items. This is also the place where I found an authentic Saarinen Knoll Tulip table and four tulip chairs.”

 

Thrift store shopping tips

Kori shares her favorite thrift store shopping tips in her post on the Real Moms Guide. Her first piece of advice, “get over it.” Throw away any preconceived notions that you have about buying used clothing and you might be surprised by what you find.

 

What items should you leave at the thrift store?

Thrift stores are filled with a plethora of items but not all are good deals, regardless of the rock-bottom prices. Does a nice upholstered love seat catch your eye? You may want to skip by that due to the possibility of bed bugs, fleas or other small critters that could infest your home.

 

More items on the “Do Not Buy” list

Bike helmets, cologne and cribs are three items on Sammy Davis Vintage’s list of 10 Risky Things Not to Buy.

 

“Thrift store shopping can save you a few bucks on expensive necessities but without you even knowing it at time of purchase, eventually cost you big on the safety scale.”

 

How to clean thrift store clothing

You’ve scored some trendy fashions at the local thrift store but now what? Now it is time to properly clean your new (to you) threads.

 

“There’s nothing I like more than a shopping spree at my local Salvation Army. I never really paid much attention to disinfecting the garments, until I learned that a fashion editor friend of mine received a nasty infection from not cleaning her thrift store purchases properly. This post gives you tips on cleaning and disinfecting your thrift store purchases.”

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