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7 Items You Should Buy at a Thrift Store

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You’ve likely popped into a thrift store in the past; but, unless you set out with a specific list of things to search for there, you may have found yourself overwhelmed.

Thrift stores can be hectic places, with numerous aisles and an overall sense of clutter. Despite the fast-paced atmosphere, they almost always bear treasure for those who have the patience and discipline to sort through the piles of "other people's junk".

Not only can you find significant savings on a variety of items at these havens of used products, they can help the planet by giving items a second life — instead of sending them to a landfill.

Additionally, shopping at thrift stores can be a boon for your community, as thrift stores help provide jobs to marginalized people, which is great for the local economy.

Still, as noted, thrift stores can be tricky to navigate.


A lamp is the sort of furnishing that not only literally lights up a room but also can bring a lot of character to a space. At retailers such as Target, you can find plenty of run-of-the-mill lamps. Standing lamps start at around $30, and table lamps average at around $60.

There’s nothing wrong with these lamps, and you actually can find some fun ones. But a $70 lamp at a thrift store is probably a seriously cool and unusual find that will have all your guests asking, “Where’d you get that lamp?”

Artificial Christmas Trees

Artificial Christmas trees cost a small fortune — as much as $1,000, in some cases. Some thrift stores sell these and usually offer you a better price than a retailer selling a new fake tree.

Classic Books

Every home needs a solid collection of books. But books aren’t cheap; and, if you’re just starting to build out your library, you may have a long road ahead of you. You can stock up on the classics at thrift stores. Bonus points if you’re seeking books that are rare or out of print.

Thrift stores can be a good resource for finding books that are no longer in print. These books can include out-of-print titles, first editions and other rare editions that can be difficult to find elsewhere. You may even come across signed copies of books by well-known authors. Again, prices are usually reasonable.

Clothing for the Entire Family

Most every thrift store sells clothing. If you’re up for a hunt and know your sizes, this is an excellent place to sift for deals.

Designer Handbags

Every handbag collector knows that these seemingly whimsical items can cost an arm and a leg. You might just find your biggest steal ever at your local thrift store.

You’d be surprised by the handbag selection at some thrift stores. If you know your stuff, you can sometimes find a gently used, genuine designer handbag that just needs a little TLC to look brand new.

Vinyl Records

Online streaming may be the most popular way to listen to new music, but vinyl has made a huge comeback. If you’re looking for a place to get classic albums for your record player, look no further than thrift stores.

Before you buy, check the condition of the record — look out for scratches, cracks or chips.

Various Collectible Items

One of the most thrilling aspects of thrift stores is that you can find pretty much anything you want in some secret area of the store. Let your inspiration be your guide and leave no corner unexplored.

Whatever your passion — whether it’s fashion, home décor, books, jewelry — you can strike gold at thrift stores,

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