Club Chronicles: Try the Thrift Store Scavenger Hunt – Franklin County Times
Thrift stores offer a triple win: shoppers can find unique items – such as clothes, shoes, furniture, and decorations – and get those items at reduced prices, and people who donate unwanted items or unnecessary ones may qualify for a tax deduction before the year ends, if that store supports a charity.
The treasure hunt captivates the imagination of young and old. Most treasure hunters scour the shelves and stalls of local thrift stores and flea markets in search of the fame and fortune that comes with finding something of great value inexpensively.
You often see these treasure hunters on popular TV shows, such as Antiques Roadshow and Flea Market Finds.
For example, an antique dealer discovered a painting at a thrift store in Anderson, SC. He was drawn to the expensive looking setting. So he paid $ 3 and went home – and later found out that the photo was from 1650 and was extremely valuable. It was auctioned for $ 190,000.
There are plenty of thrift stores, antique malls, and flea markets in our area for people to spend countless hours looking for fabulous finds. Treasure hunting can even become a hobby or business for people who spend weekends or vacations shopping. Part of the adventure is never knowing what you might find.
However, before you start your hunting expedition, you need to make a plan.
1. Take your time. If you are willing to put in the time and visit the same store casually but regularly, your shopping will add to a collected home that you love and fits your budget.
2. Check the store schedule. Ask the store owner if there is a day of the week that sales take place or a day of the week that new donations are renewed. Mondays and Tuesdays are good times for shopping, after garage sale leftovers are brought in on weekends.
3. Buy within the limit of your ability to repair. A low price tag on a piece of furniture might sound tempting, but consider the option of rehabilitating the piece of furniture before you buy it.
4. Look for wholesale prices. When it comes to freeing up shelf space, thrift stores often offer wholesale prices, such as 10 cents each for all dishes or cups.
5. Be insightful. Don’t buy things just because they are good deals.
6. Bring a tape measure. This tool helps you determine whether a larger item will fit your home – or your car – before you buy.
7. Bring cash. Not all thrift stores accept credit cards, so stop by an ATM quickly before shopping.
8. Don’t haggle. Thrift stores often send profits to charity, so haggling over prices is frowned upon. The only exception may be if you are purchasing multiple items, especially the purchase of which would free up store space.
9. Visit stores in new places. Explore stores in other cities, especially when you are on vacation, to discover new selections. In addition, anything you buy can also serve as a keepsake.