Looking to snag a sweet deal on some new gear from a thrift store or flea market? Knowing how to shop smart is what it’s all about. Keep these quick tips in mind to get what you want for far less than you ever imagined!
Be in the mood to browse.
Let’s be real, very rarely will you walk into a flea market or second-hand store and score the deal of the century within the first five minutes of shopping. Usually it requires a whole lot of browsing around before you stumble upon that one hidden gem at an incredible price. So don’t get frustrated. Be patient and take your time. The more you look, the better your chances are of finding a good deal.
Only buy brands you can’t afford at full price.
Unless you absolutely can’t live without them, there’s no sense in purchasing a Forever 21 dress or a pair of H&M shorts from a second-hand store. Instead, look for clothing and accessories from high-end brands that you wouldn’t normally be able to afford at full price. Not only will you be pleased with yourself for finding such a steal, but if it’s a quality piece, you’ll also be able to sell it again once you’re over it.
Ask for a lower price.
While you’re probably not going to be able to haggle as much for a better price at a second-hand store, flea markets are the prime place to put your bargaining skills to use. In fact, it’s even expected! Ask for the price you’d be willing to pay, and then go from there. Remember not to lowball the seller though, as that will just insult him or her. As a general rule, start at 50 to 60 percent of the asking price and no lower.
Compare prices on eBay.
Don’t recognize a brand or just not sure how much something it’s actually worth? Do a quick search on eBay (you can easily download the app to your smartphone) for the item and compare prices. Make sure you refine by “sold listings” to get an accurate idea of what the piece is going for. Snatch it up if the asking price is less. If not, see if it’s currently selling on eBay and buy it from there.
Elizabeth Mitchell blogs about fashion and beauty at The Neon Blonde.She also writes for SheKnows, The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and Latest-Hairstyles.
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