Shopping Smartly When You Shop Secondhand

by Patti | July 9th, 2009 | Fashion

picThere is an art to shopping secondhand. In order to find rare treasures amongst the junk at flea markets, thrift shops and garage sales you need to have a discerning eye- plus you need to know exactly what it is you are looking for. Read on for some tips to make your next secondhand shopping experience a successful one.

You do your research when you it comes to buying a new television or computer, so why not for something vintage? Take the time to study whatever it is you are hoping to find before you go shopping. For example, educate yourself about styles, construction, materials, etc. You want to be able to know the difference between the real deal and a clever knock-off. You also want to be able to separate something that is authentic, valuable and rare from something that is most definitely not.

Sometimes garage sales and flea markets can net you amazing items. Sometimes even one-of-a-kind pieces! Timing does play an integral role in whether you make it to the sales for the best finds or whether you go home disappointed! The early bird really does get the worm when it comes to yard sales and rummage sales. The selection is always best at the beginning of the day.

On the other hand, if you arrive closer to the end of the day, then items may be reduced and the sales may be even better. Some people decide to sell two for one items and the like in order to get them off their hands. Try both approaches- going early and going late- to see which ones works best for you.

Make a plan and stick with it just as you would if you were going to the mall. Flea markets offer plenty of items that are two dollars or less and it is not difficult to get carried away. Even when it comes to secondhand shopping you can still overspend! Avoid this by setting a budget for yourself and setting price limits for the items that you have in mind. This will put the brakes on impulse shopping for sure!

Learn how to haggle and negotiate prices. As long as you don’t expect to get an item for nothing, most people will be reasonable and consider the price you are offering. If they say no, then accept it and move on.

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