Making a list before you go to the thrift store is soooo important! It helps to keep you focused and allows you to get the best out of the thrift store. I wanted to share with you guys 5 tips on how to make a good list for your next thrift store adventure!
1) Write it Down
I know this one seems obvious, but seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I have made a list in my head, walked into the thrift store, and forgotten everything I wanted to look for. So write it down! Whether on paper, on your phone, or on your hand, having a list to guide you will help a lot.
2) Keep it Simple
If you write down that you want a lime green sweater with unicorns and rainbows on it, you might be a little disappointed when you don’t find it. Keeping your list vague is better and keeps the search open ended, for example if you say that you want to find a warm chunky sweater preferably in green, you’re more likely to find results and be happy.
3) Keep it to about 10 things
If you’re looking for some many things at a time you might get overwhelmed, so focus on searching for a couple of items at a time.
4) Leave room for chance
One of the best parts of going to the thrift store is finding an amazing piece of clothing or trinket that you never even knew existed! If you find a beautiful necklace that you've fallen in love with and is reasonably priced, I would say get it, even if it's not on your list, Now don’t go overboard and buy every cool thing you see, but just remember the list isn't final.
5) Don't give up
If you don’t find something on your list the first time you look, don’t give up! Keep this item on your list, or at least in the back of your mind, so that when you go to the thrift store again you can look for it. I really really want a vintage sunflower dress, but every time I look in the dress section I never see the bright yellow floral pattern. I don’t give up or get dismayed. I just keep the sunflower dress on my list, so that one day when I stumble upon one I will remember to get it.
I wrote about some other items currently on my thrift list in this blog post.
Hope these help you out!