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Thrifting in Greenbelt, MD

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This month the Verde at Greenbelt Station Blog is featuring a few fun tips to help you thrift. Thrift stores have the reputation of selling clothing and items that are old, out-of-date, and out-of-style, but that’s not true! Thrift stores often sell unique vintage and classic items that can be used to decorate your Greenbelt, MD apartment. Explore Maryland and its history by visiting estate sales, thrift stores, and flea markets all over the state. Read on for thrifting advice.

Tip One: Keep an Open Mind

The first thing to remember when you’re thrift store shopping is to keep an open mind. You’ll never find anything good if you’re not open to the weird and the wonderful stuff you’ll find at your local thrift store. There’s value in visiting both a carefully curated vintage clothing shop and your local Goodwill or Salvation Army. You never know where or when you’ll strike gold. Go to your local thrift store without any preconceived ideas of what you might find (or even what you want) there. Keep your mind open and find something great!

Tip Two: Budget

Many people think that because thrift store shopping is so cheap that it is unnecessary to set a budget. That’s not true! Set a budget to avoid buying items you don’t need (or even really want). Bring a set amount of cash on your thrifting adventure, and don’t spend a dollar more. No one wants an apartment filled with knick-knacks you’ll eventually end up giving away.

Tip Three: Alter

Don’t be afraid to alter the items that you find at the thrift store. Refinish an old kitchen table, make a collage out of old magazines, or cut the shoulder pads out of a classic blazer. Don’t discard an item you love just because of one or two flaws. Alter your finds to fit your tastes and style.

Do you have any thrifting tips for us? Let us know in the comments. Thanks for reading our post!