I told you on Friday, when I shared my best-ever Goodwill finds, that I feel a little competitive when I'm bargain shopping...
I couldn't wait on these. I paid $10, which was 80% off than original price.
Learn the schedule of your specific store. When do they put out new stock? When do the weekly sales start? By stopping in at these times, you can be the first to see new items and take advantage of the sales. Also get to know the workers, so that you can ask them questions about the sale schedule. The people who work at my Goodwill are so sweet! If I'm eyeing something up that isn't on sale, they'll tell me how long it will be until the the item is scheduled to be on sale, which helps me decide if I want to wait on it.
Go in with an open mind, and be willing to look at what items can become, rather than what they are. Goodwill is the land of project possibilities for me. I love to pick up items that I can paint, re-purpose or otherwise transform. It's the perfect place to find project starters and inspiration. Can that embroidery hoop that costs 49 cents be a wreath form? (Done that.) Could that huge, ugly picture be painted over and transformed into a chalkboard? (Done that too!) Best of all-- if a project from a Goodwill item goes south, I don't have to feel too bad about it because I only spent a few bucks on the materials.
If at all possible, shop alone and when you're not in a hurry. I find that I really need to have the time to wander around by myself in order to think creatively about the items that I see in the store. Distractions and time constraints stunt that process for me.
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