Thrift stores that are stagnant, with merchandise that sits on racks for days or weeks, are not where you want to be shopping. The best thrift stores are those that have rapidly changing merchandise – and lots of it!
Today I learned that my favorite thrift store will be moving by year-end. Since it’s not in the most convenient location for me, the move could be good news, right? Yes and no.
The store will be relocating a couple miles away, which isn’t far, but it’s two more miles away from my house, so I’m not jumping for joy at the prospect of traveling even farther to shop. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that relocation – change – means that there will soon be clearance sales occurring to help move some of the existing merchandise. Rather than having to load it up and truck it to the new store, the manager has decided to drop prices first. This is music to my ears, especially since there is an upholstered chair I’ve been eyeing. With a markdown, I will be happy to commit to buy it.
I bring this up because I only found out about the impending move by asking if the furniture might soon be going on sale. That simple question yielded me much more useful information than I expected. So don’t be afraid to ask if the manager “can do better” on the price of an item, or if a sale may be coming up soon. You never know what else you may learn that can save you even more money!