3. Go to Different Thrift Stores and Antique Shops
Sometimes, the best advice for saving money at the thrift stop is simply go to a different location. The prices are usually dictated by the owner or the manager of the store. This can be drastically different depending on where you go. For example, at my local Goodwill, men’s neckties were $1 each no matter what brands or condition they were in. But I traveled to a different Goodwill location, and they wanted as much as $12 per necktie. The price difference was absolutely ridiculous.
It turns out that at some stores, the manager will go on eBay to see how much that item was selling for online and price it that way. Obviously, this is not a great deal for you as a customer. They are going to make you pay near-retail price of these things that should be cheaper, since you’re at a thrift store. So if you go to a store where the manager has literally printed out an eBay listing to show people how much something costs, don’t bother. You’re likely not going to get a good deal. Simply visit a different thrift shop or antique store.