24. Ask About The Store’s Delivery Schedule
Finding good deals at a thrift stop often has a lot to do with the day of the week that you show up. For example, if the store has a delivery truck of new items every Wednesday, it means that Tuesday is the worst day to show up. On Tuesdays, they’re running low on absolutely everything in the store. So you’re only going to find rejected objects and clothing that people have already picked over. But if you give them a day to restock and show up on a Thursday morning, you’re likely to find the best things. But you’re never going to know this information unless you ask someone who works there.
Some stores will have different days of the week where they restock certain categories of items. For example, maybe they have people working in the back sorting donations 7 days a week. On Monday they bring out clothes, Tuesday is housewares, etc. You’ll never know their schedule until you ask. Show up on the days when you can find the newest items in your particular category of interest.