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12 tips for thrift store shopping in the Magic City

Thrifting is an easy way to save money, but walking into any thrift store can be a daunting task.

You don’t have to be an expert to be a good thrift store shopper. Score stylish steals and deals at your local thrift store with these 12 shopping secrets.

  1. Do your homework and locate thrift stores in your area. You can use the National Thrift Store Directory here: http://www.thethriftshopper.com/.
  2. Set a budget and stick to it.
  3. Make a shopping list and keep it with you at all times. You never know when you’ll find a good bargain!
  4. Stay on task and budget by limiting your shopping to include only specific areas of the store.
  5. Ask the staff which days they stock merchandise so you get the first dibs on new inventory.
  6. Don’t rule out items based on condition or color – keep in mind that furniture can be painted and clothes can be hemmed.
  7. Always wash, dust, or scrub used items. No exceptions!
  8. Try before you buy, if possible. Most thrift stores have a no return policy.
  9. Visit thrift stores often. New items arrive daily, and a store that has nothing one day might have the one piece you’ve been hunting.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask about coupons or sales. Some thrift stores offer additional savings opportunities.
  11. If you see something you like, don’t hesitate to make a purchase as long as it fits your budget. Good items don’t stay long.
  12. Last, but certainly not least, make sure to have fun! Secondhand shopping takes time to browse and flex your creativity muscles.

Here are 8 thrift stores in and around Birmingham to check out. Happy shopping!

Lovelady Thrift Store

2402 Old Springville Rd

Center Point, AL 35215

The Foundry Thrift Store

6550 Aaron Aronov Drive

Fairfield, Al 35064

Mission Possible Bargain Center

4496 Center Point Rd

Pinson, AL 35126

Goodwill

2350 Green Springs Hwy Ste.

Birmingham, AL 35205

Salvation Army Thrift Store

809 Green Springs Hwy Ste.

Birmingham, AL 35209

Vapor Thrift Store

5443 US-280

Birmingham, AL 35242

Americas Thrift Store

1900 Crestwood Blvd #302

Irondale, AL 35210

Super Saver Thrift Store

2331 19th St N.

Bessemer, AL 35020


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