We all like to feel like we got a great deal on our purchases. With that in mind, You want to make sure you get the best deal when buying from a thrift store.
You can choose to buy your inventory from the flea market, but you will be limiting yourself to "weekend work". I always suggest that you work the thrift stores and the flea markets to maximize your online money making experience. Not to mention that in the flea market, you can negotiate and get an even better deal!
Here is are Do's and Don'ts;
DO shop often. Un Like the flea market, thrift store will re-stock daily depending on what its donated. You will always have something new to look at if you go to the thrift stores every 2-3 days and visit your flea market at least once a week.
DO ask your local thrift stores for valuable info. When do they re-stock.
What time? Which day offers half-off sales? etc. The better prepared you are with all that information, the better your chances are to find your
"find of the week"
Do take cash... Some times you will want to buy something and you may not have enough cash for it, or no cash at all. What happens if the thrift store only takes cash? then you will have to leave to find an ATM and chances are, that sneaky person that watched you look at an item will go right behind you and possibly pick it up since they saw it was of interest to someone else. It adds value.
Do treat all the employees there with respect. Build a relationship with them. It will not cost you anything to go out of your way to acknowledge them or say hello, especially if you go in there often and they see you a lot.
By creating relationships, you will be helping yourself. What i that person that now became your friend sees an item they may think you will like? They will tell you about it. What if they find an item that just came in and will not be put on the floor for a few days? They can maybe tell you when it will be and what time, so you can be there to get it? or better yet, what if you can have them put something aside for you ? You just never know
DON'T assume that you will be able to find an item later on. If you see something you like, you have until "check out" time to decide if its worth you picking up. Grab it if you are uncertain, but never leave an item behind and go back to look for it because you decided to buy it, but then , its probably gone!
DON'T ignore seasonal items. Just because its not Christmas does not mean that those nice Hallmark Ornaments will not sell a few months down the road. In fact, they will sell like hot cakes and you will have a hard time finding ornaments around the holidays. Think and ahead and profit big!
DON'T limit your store selection to areas you know. Venture out to other parts of the city or even state to find the best treasures. Go to a historic town or area that would have some history behind it and find a store there. Better chances of finding related treasures. Also, never ignore lower income stores due to their location. Those locations could hold your "Find of the Week"
So there you have it! My Do's and Don'ts of Thrifting. Yeah, there are tons more, but those are the more basic and simple ones to remember. When ever you want to make money online or work from home using eBay, this is the easiest way to start. Just stick to your guidelines and don't become a hoarder.
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