Kovels Top 10 Thrift Shopping Tips

How to Avoid Wasting Money and Get the Most Out of a Thrift Store Visit.

Collectors know the thrill of the hunt at thrift stores, also called charity shops, hospice shops, second-hand stores, and consignment or resale shops. Vintage clothing, jewelry (watches, earrings, necklaces and pins), baskets, plates, china, furniture and even artwork all can be found. Shopping smart can reap rewards. Here are our top 10 tips on how to avoid wasting money and how to get the most out of your thrift store visit.


Bonus tip! If you admire items, you will often get extra nice attention from the dealer, especially if you can show you like antiques and collectibles. If it happens to be a gift for your grandmother be sure to say so!

Here are some recent thrift store finds:


Longaberger milk pitcher

Longaberger milk pitcher, Woven Traditions Classic Blue pattern, 32 oz., 7 in. h., $40.

Salvaged iron and wood pulleys, perfect as a “farm style” accent, three varieties, $30 each.

Toy typewriter, tin, 1950s. Have an aspiring writer in the family? Might be the perfect bookshelf gift, $20.

Vintage cast-iron mailbox, adds character to your porch, $38.

Currier & Ives dishes and service ware, evokes dinner tables of the 1950s–1970s. Prices vary from $10 for a plate, to $9.50 for a cereal bowl, to $65 for a gravy boat.

Amish quilt, a perfect accompaniment for the upcoming chilly fall nights, $285.




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