Scoping Out Gems: How to Tackle Resale Stores

Scoping Out Gems: How to Tackle Resale Stores

There’s nothing like getting an amazing bargain, especially when it comes to unique pieces that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. One of the best ways to do this, of course, is to go hunting for what you want in resale stores. However, some people become too easily frustrated by the process, or maybe even overwhelmed by vast amounts of clothing. Luckily, there are some tips that can help you bring your consignment shopping to the next level.

Think about what pieces you’d like to add to your wardrobe.
Are you looking for a gold jacket? Or some green velvet shoes? One of the best ways to start looking is to check out eBay, which boasts an amazing selection of vintage clothing. This can give you a better idea of what you want, and maybe even point you in the direction of certain designers and brands. You may even find something that you want to buy—especially if the price is right.

However, with resale shopping, sometimes it’s best to actually see the piece in person. If you find a garment you like, look over it carefully for stains, missing buttons, and other defects. If you really like it, you can probably use these flaws to your advantage when it’s time to check out. Some resale shops don’t mind negotiating, so keep that in mind.

Check out Goodwill and other thrift shops.
Some of the best gems—with the most attractive price tags—can be found at thrift shops, but you may have to do some research. Some stores have better reputations than others, and the best resale stores are usually found in high-end areas. These are the places where wealthy people go to drop off their clothes. Still, you don’t want to discount a store that’s in a less than perfect neighborhood. Good items can be found anywhere.

Timing is everything.
Many thrift shops get the most foot traffic on the weekends, which means that this is not usually a good time to go hunting for great items. In all likelihood, the supply will probably be picked over if you hit up a resale store on Monday morning. Wait until the store’s stock has been replenished—usually around Wednesday or so—and then go. Also, many thrift shops also curate their items, putting “designer” sections in the front of the store so they are easy to find.

Talk to the employees.
Resale stores often put on special sales and events that allow you to nab garments, shoes and accessories at even deeper discounts than usual. Make friends with the workers so that you get the scoop on when’s the best time to pop in for a shopping session!

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