8. Find a Thrift Shop in an Affluent Area
The best thrift shopping hack ever is to shop in a rich town. People with money obviously have better stuff. And they’re usually more willing to donate their things when they get tired of it. Personally, I love to go shopping in the rich Philadelphia neighborhoods, because I find designer clothing and shoes on the regular. Large cities like New York and Los Angeles also have amazing things and their thrift stores. On the flip side, if you go to a poor city, you’re not going to find anything worth writing home about. Some of the worst locations I have ever visited were Atlantic City and Knoxville, Tennessee, because the stores were in low-income communities.
For some of you, it might seem like a paradox. Aren’t thrift stores supposed to help poor people? Yes and no. The overarching organizations want to raise money for their respective charities. So it actually makes the most sense to keep the money flowing in affluent areas. Some organizations like Goodwill and Salvation Army move items around the state to make sure every location gets inventory. But the smaller independently owned thrift stores don’t have the money or man power to do that. So they can only source from local donations.