WHY SECOND HAND?
Frequency is one of the most important factors when it comes to thriftin'. I know, this may not be feasible by many, but if you work or live near a second hand store, visiting in the beginning and towards the end of the week will be beneficial. Now, don't get me wrong; I don't guarantee finding a great item at EVERY trip but chances are, you will find a gem amongst the rubble. Stock is always coming and going in these stores so I also advise you to "friend" a salesperson. This way, they can always "save" or "put aside" something you may like or want from the window (items in the window usually are not for sale until a designated day or time. Becoming acquainted with a staff member can lead to you getting that item before it gets placed on the floor). Visit as many shops as you can on a weekend or a day off. This way, you can get a feel for which shops carry items more your taste and style-this can become your go-to.
OK, by now, you're over the initial shock of the establishment. I suggest having an idea of what you want i.e. I'm on the search for sequins dress or leather shorts. Usually, clothing is color-coordinated on the floor which eases the search. Once you have that in your head, begin visually scanning the racks for sequins. If you're not shopping for anything in particular, walk to the category of item you want, for example, the pants isle or skirt isle.
*there are several Housing works thrift shops but the ones above are the ones I usually check out.
In all, use my tips above to get the most out of your shopping experience while thriftin'. Also, remember, you may walk in with high hopes and walk out empty-handed. Just realize that thriftin' can be a hit or miss. To my local and visiting readers, please let me know about your experiences after shopping at any one of the above stores.