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When most people consider thrift stores they often think of used items. But sometimes a major thrift store will collaborate with a major department store, offering many of the same items. So the question is, should you buy a new item from a thrift store? Well….

When a thrift store in my area had its grand opening, I went. When I walked in the store was like a rock concert, people everywhere. I had no intention of buying anything until I spotted a box of cherry-wood suit hangers.

Wooden Hangers

I really needed some good-quality hangers and these were less than half of what they would be in the department store. And they had two boxes of them in the thrift store. Even better, the store is still stocking the same hangers!

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Rule #1: Buy a new item in a thrift store is when the price is significantly less that what it would be in a department store.

Just because an item is brand new in a thrift store, doesn’t mean it’s currently being sold in regular retail store. It can simply mean someone donated a product that has never been used and still in the box.

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For example, I picked up these Ralph Lauren sterling silver wine chillers earlier this year.

Ralph Lauren wine chillers

The $135 price tag from the original store was still on them. I knew I’d use them for years to come so I bought them.

Rule #2: If the item is brand new but not currently in circulation, and the price is right, buy it.


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What happens if you see an item in the thrift store, but you also know regular stores carry it? While it is good to patronize thrift stores that have a good mission to donate and give back, don’t pay more for an item that you can find elsewhere cheaper. For example, purchase small items like batteries or pencils from a traditional retail store.

Rule #3: Don’t check your price-checking skills at the door. Buy only the real bargains.

Do keep in mind that thrift stores return policies do vary.

So have you purchased a brand new item from a thrift store? What was it?

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16 Responses

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  3. middlechild says:

    I get many things new at the thrift stores. One warning though, a person needs to really check things over because even though something hasn't ever been used, it may still be old . Fabric and such can break down after several years of non use.

  4. samc says:

    I bought a little black dress with a $169.00 price tag attached. The dress cost me $8.00!! Also, Target donates to Goodwill in my area. You can pick these new items up at bargain prices.

  5. @MrGWHunting says:

    This is an excellent point. So glad you brought it up.

  6. Stacey says:

    Target does have a partnership with Goodwill. My mother works for Goodwill in Orlando and I live in Virginia and we've both purchased several Target items from our respective local Goodwill stores. We're crossing our fingers for the Missoni collection!

  7. Oh my goodness! Thanks so much for the tip! I'm going to check with my local GW store and see if they have a designated date so that I can come on those days. Thanks!

  8. Guest says:

    I bought a Missoni queen sized duvet cover one day for $14 (new) and the matching shams 2 days later for $4. Also got several blouses and a travel makeup case.

  9. mary paris says:

    decor for my daughter's wedding reception. People donate their vases, placecard holders, etc after their nuptuals. We've been able to score gorgeous silver trays, matching blue vases & hurricane lanters for her wedding of 100 for about $50.

  10. Amie says:

    My daughter and I love thrifting and now my daughter in law is a fan as well. We bought her wedding dress for $18.00, took it to a great alterations shop and they cleaned it, tailored it to fit and made a veil all for under $100. Since the wedding was a victorian theme it worked out great. I bought my mother of the groom dress for $5. They were married in Vegas at the Paris hotel Chapel and no one would have ever known these were thrift store finds.

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