Thrifting like a Boss: Tips for Pro Thrifters

Thrifting like a Boss

If you are a Thrift shopper, you sure know how overwhelming it can be to walk into a thrift shop and decide which items will fulfill their destiny in your hands. Here are some tips to thrift like a boss, every time. Also, make sure to check out our List of Thrift Stores in NYC.


Infographic Summary: Thrifting Like a Boss

Pick the Right day

Call ahead to your local stores for hours and scout listings for the first and last days of sales.

Make a Plan

Prioritize the spots with the most potential and map your route accordingly

Keep a List

Have a running list of items you are looking for: sizes, room dimensions, color scheme ideas.

Dress For The Pick

It’s worth putting some thought into your outfit for the day. Dress in layers and choose colors that can withstand a little dust.

Consider Supplies

A tape measure, paint or fabric swatches, water and hand wipes are all worthwhile.

Cover your Bases

Bring cash, checks and debit/credit card to ensure you are able to pay based on what the seller or store will accept.

Bring good company

A thrifting companion who is guaranteed to make the day fun and can keep a 3rd and 4th eye out for specific items on your list is a valuable asset!

Case the Joint

Making an initial loop lets you get a sense of what’s available and prohibits you from missing anything major while your attention is elsewhere.

Grab and Go

At thrift stores especially, lead up the cart with anything you are interested in or are questioning. You can always purge pre-checkout.

Use your Hands

Reach out and touch fabrics. Something amazing may jump out that you didn’t see, but you felt. Move stacks of housewares, dig through bottom shelves. It’s worth the hunt!

Be Realistic

What do you truly have time to repair, re-purpose, or re-sell? Being honest with yourself about these things will prevent buyer’s remorse and keep space in your home open for other treasures.


Asking for a lower price is always worth a try, but be mindful of the item’s worth, the context and the mood of the sale. Estate sales, for example require a more delicate approach.