4. Ask Management About Freebies
Believe it or not, thrift stores frequently give things away for free. This happens for a few reasons. There might be an item that is borderline unsellable, but they don’t want to throw it away. Or, it could be something that has been sitting in the store for so long, it’s taking up too much space. Another reason could be that the store received an abundance of cheap items that they’re never going to get rid of.
These free items might be at the front desk, or they could be at the front of the store on a nice day. Ask the manager of the store if they ever give out free items, and how you could go about getting them. My local thrift shop frequently tries to give away furniture for free. Like I said, these pieces often have some kind of defect, and will need a bit of TLC before they are usable. But this is still a great deal for someone on a tight budget. Also check out the Craigslist free section.