Tip: Buy Off-Season

With the weather turning considerably cooler in northern parts of the U.S., those of us being treated to the changing colors of the leaves are already eyeing sweaters and boots. As stores begin to put up Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations, we’re all assessing how we’re going to keep warm this winter. But the savviest shoppers already did that back in June, when air-conditioned stores were clearing out their cold weather gear at bargain prices.

To save even more at thrift stores – and any retailer, really – shop against the season, not with it. As cool weather returns, stores will be stocking heavier clothing and marking down spring and summer apparel. So now is the time to keep an eye out for great summer shorts, t-shirts, sandals, and sundresses. I just picked up some bright pink and blue Lilly Pulitzer pants for next summer at the low, low price of $.59.

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Pay pennies for new-to-you clothing and housewares

Imagine being able to buy pricey, but gently used, name brand outfits for your kids from Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister or North Face for a small fraction of what they cost new. You'll even spot furniture, silver and glassware for your home for less than a meal out. Or find something for yourself from Chico’s, J. Jill or Lilly Pulitzer and pay for it with the change from the bottom of your purse. Those are the kinds of deals to be had at thrift shops.

If you get a thrill from finding fabulous deals at thrift shops, consignment stores, and resale outlets, I hope you’ll visit this site often. You’ll pick up proven tips for saving even more on your thrift shop purchases, find the latest thrift shop news and information, learn about items you might not have thought to search for in thrift stores and get a look at photos of my best thrifty bargains.

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