Upcoming sales are valuable insider information you can use to boost your success with thrift store finds – and your savings too!
I feel like we should have some sort of celebration today.
Or maybe a going-away party.
We’re at the end of the How to Thrift Shop Like a PRO series and I’m both excited and a little sad.
I’m excited because I love sharing these hacks with you. And here’s another one – yay!
But I’m a little sad because I’ve had so much fun sharing them and showing you how satisfying it can be to use them for second-hand shopping.
Now we’re at the very last hack! I just don’t want it to end.
The Upcoming Sales Hack
I saved this one for last because it’s as simple as walking up to the register where you shop and asking.
With all the other hacks under your belt, you’ve got everything you need to find the goods every time you shop, and with a little inside information, you can get them for less!
I’ve never been in a thrift store that didn’t have some kind of discount system.
And it isn’t just thrift store either. You can find them at yard sales, flea markets, and even consignment stores.
All you have to do is ask.
Types of Sales
When you know what’s going to be on sale on a given day, you’re already ahead of the game and can set up your shopping plans to fit them.
Common sales cycles are:
- tag sales – certain colored tags are discounted on certain days. This is especially common with clothing. Ask if your thrift shops run these sales, and get the details.
- specific sales days – some stores run sales on predictable schedules. That makes it easy to know what type of items will be on sale the day you plan to shop – when you know.
There’s a sister hack to the upcoming sales hack: know the restocking schedule of the stores you frequent.
Again, this is as easy as just asking.
When you arrive after the fresh inventory hits the shelves, you get the first choice on the best pieces – those things that are usually long gone when you just drop in at random times.
Plus, if they’re items that are on sale that day, you get first choice and the best deals!
Upcoming Sales Score
I found this little tin planter on one of my trips and since it fit my thrift shopping criteria and was practically a steal, I bought it.
I think I paid a whole quarter for it.
First things first – it needed a little cleaning up.
I used small-grit sandpaper to knock off the rust and rough up the finish for a paint job.
Paint is truly your thrift shopping BFF – it can cover a multitude of flaws, but its finest feature is how transformational it is.
So much better, right?
After the paint dried, I hit it again with sandpaper using a very light touch.
I wanted to slightly distress the edges and corners so it didn’t look so finished.
After I decide if a find will be an upcycle or a repurpose, then I jump into my favorite part – the designing.
I decided on a simple upcycle, but a pretty makeover – giving it a gentle French flair – and designed a stencil to match. The really nice thing about designing your own stencils is that you can size them perfectly for your project.
I know some people like spray adhesives, but I’m a big fan of tape.
Painters tape is what I usually use, but because this project is small and the margin is narrow, I just used a few pieces of washi tape.
Tip: Use extra pieces to mask off parts of the stencil that will be painted a different color.
And since the paint dries so quickly, it won’t smudge the project at all.
Get all the tips and tricks for stencil art.
For the flower parts of the stencil, I moved the tape over sections of the vine I had already painted to protect them.
Even with the smallest of stencil brushes, it can be tricky to keep from getting paint in a section that’s super close. Tape is a quick and easy solution.
After the paint was dry, I cut a piece of floral foam and wedged the pieces down into the bottom of the planter.
I had my glue gun all heated up and ready to go, but because the planter was angled, they wedged right in with a snug fit.
Use glue if you have a planter with straight sides.
With a bouquet of pink peonies pushed it, it was all finished – and so much better than that rusty little tin that cost nearly nothing.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the How to Thrift Shop Like a PRO series and have lots of inspiration and hacks for your thrifting trips. You can find the entire series here.