Have you noticed that the prices at many thrift stores have skyrocketed? Most avid thrifters have taken note and are looking for ways to save money while thrifting.
It seems like an oxymoron that one would have to try to save money when thrifting but with the rapid rise of reselling and the increased popularity of thrifting with a sudden thrift craze, many thrift stores are recognizing that they can make even more money as some of the items they have are quite valuable.
One way thrifters are finding better deals is by bypassing general Goodwill retail stores and opting to shop their outlet stores or bins as they are commonly called.
If you’ve never been to the bins, here is a quick guide to making the most out of your trip and you can read our article here about the pros and cons of shopping the bins.
Whether you’re a person that thrifts from time to time or an avid thrifter you’re bound to find some great deals at most Goodwill Outlets.
What makes a Goodwill Outlet special?
Glad you asked, Goodwill Outlet stores aren’t like general Goodwill Retail stores because items are not presorted and you pay by the pound instead of per item, which saves you a ton of money but also usually takes more time to sort through all of the items.
To learn more about the pros and cons of thrifting at Goodwill Outlet stores read my latest article here.
If you are ready to make the leap and jump into the wonderful world of Goodwill Outlets here are a few things you should bring with you.
7 Things you will definitely need when Shopping the Goodwill BinS
Believe me, you’re going to want to wear gloves. The clothes and other items at Goodwill outlet stored (like most thrift stores) are not cleaned prior to being placed into bins and many times you will notice staining on your hands depending on how long you thrift.
I have also seen bugs in the bins so it may be better to be safe than sorry.
2. Protective Gear
Aside from gloves make sure to bring other protective gear as you deem necessary, this includes a face mask and hand sanitizer.
The bins can be dusty and dirty, and you never know what kind of germs may be lurking.
Get ready to fight for your life!
Okay, I may be exaggerating slightly but at least get ready to get a little ballsy when going after a piece you’re eyeing.
Not only do you have to be quick at grabbing items but you also have to be able to maneuver through a swarm of people that pounce on new bins as they are brought out.
When new bins are brought out, normally everyone lines up alongside the bins waiting for the go-ahead to start searching them for fresh items (some people don’t even wait for the go-ahead). Once this happens it can sometimes be pure chaos, so be mentally prepared as I forwarned you!
4. A friend
Not only can your friend help you choose items as your sort through your finds but as a team you can keep an eye on each other’s things.
5. A sheet or blanket
Yep, that’s right bring a sheet or blanket to cover up the items in your cart. Not only will this help prevent onlookers from seeing what you have in your account it will also help deter anyone from rummaging through your finds once you have them.
I haven’t experienced it personally, but I have heard horror stories about some people having items stolen from their cart so having a second set of eyes can only prove to be beneficial.
Alternatively, you can use a clothing item from the Goodwill outlets that are large enough to cover your items.
If you are purchasing electronics you will definitely want to have some batteries to ensure the item works, this is especially important if you find a large item as you’re paying by weight.
Bring some of the commons sizes triple (AAA) and double-A batters
Some Goodwill Outlets provide large bags, think garbage bags, while others provide nothing so it is best to bring your own bags
If you plan on purchasing a lot of items call ahead first to see if your Goodwill outlet offers bags
I hope these tips help! Also, I’d love to connect with you on Instagram.