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Thrifting Tips: Maximize Your Next Trip

Thrifting may be a hobby, a necessity, or something new to you–because thrifting is for everyone! Regardless of the reason, shopping and donating with us helps the environment and your community. Try out our thrifting tips to help you have your best thrift haul ever during your next trip to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. Fab finds await!

Thrifting Tip #1: Shop frequently

The inventory in our stores is always changing as new items are added daily – that’s one of many reasons why our Thrift Stores are such great places to shop! If you have your heart set on a certain item, the best way to find it is to visit the stores frequently.

Thrifting Tip #2: Check different size categories

Because Thrift Stores carry everything from vintage to fast fashion, sizing can be all over the map. To make sure you’re not missing out on any fab finds, try checking the sizes both above and below your typical section. You never know what you’ll find.

Thrifting Tip #3: Go first thing in the morning

New items are often put out after close and before opening, so this helps ensure you are the first to get your hands on the best finds of the day.

Jeans hanging on a rack at the Thrift Store

Thrifting Tip #4: Make a list

Shopping in our Thrift Stores is like a treasure hunt. It can take a bit of searching, but it’s bound to be gold! If you are on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans, or a chunky knit sweater, the best way to keep track of what you need is by keeping a list of the essentials. This does not mean you shouldn’t check out the shoes, or accessories or books for something else that might catch your eye.

Thrifting Tip #5: Try visiting a Thrift Store out of town

Because the items in our stores rely on the donations we receive from our generous community, selection can vary greatly in different areas. Make a day out of it and thrift through cities near (or far) from you! For a list of our locations, click here.

Thrifting list in a notebook

Thrifting Tip #6: Sign up for our mailing list

To make sure you’re the first to know about our sale days and exclusive offers, subscribe to our emails. Plus, you’ll also see great content from our collaborators across the country, from style inspiration to easy home décor DIYs. Don’t want to wait for your first email? Visit our Inspiration page now or check out our YouTube channel.

Take your time

Our Thrift Stores are packed with unique items that you can’t find anywhere else, so be sure to check out all sections from housewares to jewelry to electronics.

Computer screen in Thrift Store

Most importantly, have fun!

Share your fab finds with us and tag us to be featured on our page and for a chance to win $25 towards your next purchase!

Use these thrifting tips to find your new-to-you favourite find! 

Mother and two children walking through Thrift Store