By: Lance Cothern

Shopping at thrift stores can save you a bundle on clothes, household items, and even furniture. So why is there this weird stigma attached to buying second-hand?

Maybe it’s because lower prices imply lower quality?

The reality is many items are gently used, donated by charity or even brand new. Even if they’re not, what’s the big deal about using something twice?

In the end, it doesn’t matter what other people think. You need to do what’s right for you. If you need or want to save money, shopping at thrift stores is a great way to save.

Here are a few reasons I shop at thrift stores:

I Can Save Money and Get Quality Items

I’m not a huge fan of spending crazy amounts of money on my wardrobe. I buy enough clothes to get by without having to do laundry often. Rather than go to department stores and pay full price (or even the sale price), I sometimes shop at thrift stores to find sweet deals.

This is especially true when it comes to business clothes.

I bought dress shirts at Goodwill to wear to work on a regular basis when I was working at a CPA firm.

I was even complimented on the shirts I found at thrift stores. The best part was they usually only cost $3 to $5, and some of them still had the original tags on them, so they were brand new! Where is the shame in that?

If you want to find the best deals at thrift stores, consider driving to the wealthier areas of town. You might be able to find some awesome deals on high-quality items.

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