Hai, my name is Marian and I am addicted to Thrifting, that would probably be how I would introduce myself if Thrifting Addict Anonymous meetings were a thing. Frankly because I would definitely end up there!My love affair with thrift stores goes beyond the clothes or the shoes, it’s about the adventures and satisfaction that come with having to look through a heap/rack of clothes just to find amazing gems that you get to make your own.You may be wondering what thrifting is! Thrifting is the act of making purchases from different second hand and vintage clothing stores, in Zambia this is commonly known as Salaula. If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook, then you have seen me post some of my unbelievably affordable thrift finds!
Exhibit A: Can you believe this whole look , except the shoes, was thrifted and cost me just under k40!!
By far the most common question I have been asked by my readers and followers is “HOW DO YOU GET SUCH GOOD DEALS. “Well here’s how…
Timing is everything, a minute could determine whether you get that pair of jeans for k60 or k30. In the morning most stalls would have just opened up and prices are usually high around this time. In the afternoon however prices begin to go down as most sellers would have made most of their best sales already. This is why the best time to go thrifting would be between 3pm and 5pm. At this time stall owners will be getting closer to closing and would not want to be left with any stock and so prices are reduced and there is room to negotiate.
2.LEARN THE ART OF NEGOTIATING
“In business, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate” (Chester L. Karrass). Do not be afraid to ask for the price to be dropped, of course not a price too absurd, but find a balance. You could buy items in bulk and strike a deal for a discount it may work sometimes and sometimes it won’t but ,that should never stop you from trying. One thing we do know is that at the end of the day you will have great negotiating skills.
Here is a scenario where you just negotiated to purchase a k30 dress for k20 and you won the seller over but, when it is time to make the payment you give him a k50. The seller could easily tell you he has no change and then you will have to pay the actual price because you love the dress so much. The lesson here is be prepared and always have change it makes negotiating easier.
4.MAKE IT A HABIT
This is the basic rule of the learning curve, the more you do something the better you get better at it. The more you go thrifting, the easier it is for you to pick what spots have the best stuff, where to get the best deals and more importantly how to negotiate yourself the best deals.
Do your research on the thrift stores in your town or area and visit them all one thrift trip at a time. This will give you an insight on what each thrift area has to offer and when you have a specific list you know where exactly to go. This will also give you a chance to assess how things are priced in each area and which one best suites your budget.
This is probably the most important tip, everything takes time you will not become a ninja thrifter overnight ,be patient with yourself and enjoy the process.
I hope you found these tips helpful.How do you guys save money when you go thrifting, let me know in the comment section!
Until next time
Ciao xoxo !