Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day
Donations play a huge part in our eco-friendly mission to protect the planet one piece of junk at a time. When you call The Junkluggers to remove used furniture, old clothing, appliances, or more from your home, you are not only helping to keep those items out of the landfill, you are also helping your local community. We do our best to donate or recycle as much of what we lug away as possible, passing on the savings to you in the form of a tax-deductible receipt, and passing your items along to those who need it the most right in your very own community.
We are very proud of our partnerships with a number of local thrift shops across the country and we are happy to celebrate National Thrift Shop Day on August 17th. In support of all of our local donation center partners, we put together these handy tips for making the most of a day at your local thrift store:
If you are shopping for appliances, always ask to plug them in before committing to buy. If you are purchasing CDs, records, or DVDs, open up the case to make sure nothing is damaged / what you think you are buying is actually in there! No one wants to get home only to discover that you’d just paid for a cardboard sleeve and that record you were looking forward to is nowhere in sight. When purchasing used clothing, give the garment a thorough once-over – check for stains, rips, missing buttons, or broken zippers.
Know The Schedule
Many thrift stores will run different promotions on different days – for instance all items with a blue tag are 50% off on Wednesdays. Find out when the best discounts are to maximize your savings. Also find out the shop’s donation schedule to determine the best shopping days. Many larger thrift store chains will add to their inventory on a daily basis, but some smaller stores may only accept donations on certain days of the week, which means the best time to shop is a day or two after, allowing the store time to restock the shelves with the newest donations.
Try It On
One of the biggest problems with thrifting is that most clothing on the racks only come in one size and color. Since many stores do not offer refunds, it’s important to try everything on before you purchase it. If the store doesn’t have dressing rooms, wearing form-fitting clothing will make it easier to try on the garment over whatever you are already wearing.
Look For Potential
Thrift store finds won’t always be exactly what you are looking for, but being able to visualize an item’s potential after a quick cleaning or a new coat of paint will make a huge difference.
One great thrill of shopping for clothes at thrift stores is discovering something you never knew you wanted until you saw it hanging there on the rack, calling out to you. Unfortunately, that perfect suit or new dress might not be exactly your size. If you are handy enough with a sewing machine, then you might be able to get away with purchasing damaged goods at a fraction of the price and with a little work you’ll be left with something good as new! Otherwise, a few alterations to a thrifty purchase might still be cheaper than buying the item new.
Don’t Get Carried Away
Just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean you need it! Have a purpose in mind when going to a thrift store to keep you from losing your mind and coming home with tons of other people’s junk that is just going to further clutter your home. Don’t buy something because you might need it later, only purchase what you have a clear need for right now.
Most thrift stores exist to sell discounted items to support a cause such as helping individuals with disabilities, veterans, animal shelters, and more. Do a little research on your local thrift store to find out what cause your purchases will be supporting to make sure their values align with yours. And always remember that local donation centers are constantly looking for more donations! Take back some space in your home by emptying out your closets and donating household items you no longer use to a good cause.
If you have more to donate than you can fit in the back of your car, give us a call and we’ll be happy to donate those items on your behalf, sending you the tax-deductible receipt for any items donated within 14 business days. Book now and save $10 on same day or next day appointments!