Give me a secondhand store over a shopping mall any day.
There’s just something satisfying about pawing through other people’s old stuff and coming up with a gem.
Sure, I like saving money and saving stuff from landfills, but for me the allure is more than that.
It’s the thrill of the hunt.
Lauren Ward and Katie Plato understand that.
Ward, who owns Noto, a boutique in downtown Akron, and Plato, who writes the blog Something to be Found ( www.somethingtobefound.com), are both passionate thrift-store shoppers.
But unlike me, Ward and Plato aren’t at all casual about the pursuit. These two shop with a purpose.
Thrift-shopping success is largely in the planning and technique, they said. You’ll have better luck if you go into it with a good idea of what you’re looking for and a willingness to forage for the good stuff.
It also helps to be able to think creatively, but luckily for in-the-box thinkers like me, that’s not a necessity. Plato and Ward pointed out there are plenty of resources to give you ideas for repurposing old stuff or pulling together outfits, from Pinterest and magazines to TV shows and retail stores. You don’t have to come up with your own ideas. Borrow someone else’s.
More important, they said, is being prepared and persistent.
Use those same resources to keep up with trends in fashion and home decor, so you’ll know a good buy when you see it. Keep a list of the things you’d like to find, which helps you focus your search.
It can be an old-fashioned shopping list or perhaps a Pinterest board or some pictures torn from magazines.
Some other tips they shared:
You just never know what you might find.