2. Decide on a budget. How much can you afford to spend on what you have decided to purchase? Take only that amount of cash into the shop with you. Don't make exceptions! If you find what you need, but it's more than you planned to spend, walk away.
3. Try on the item before you buy. If you're shopping for clothes, don't leave the store without knowing that it will fit. Most resale shops have a fitting room, so take advantage of it. Most of us wouldn't think to purchase a brand new garment without trying it on, so why do we do it at thrift stores? If you're purchasing furniture or other household items, be sure it fits your space and is in decent shape. Be sure to understand the shop's policy on returning purchases. They may not allow it.
Sure, you can sometimes treat yourself - walking in without a formal list of what you're going to buy, just looking for that special something that catches your eye. Even when treating yourself, try never to buy something that doesn't have a purpose or use in your life. But, above all, never shop without a budget in mind.
Jennifer Raschig loves to share thoughts on creating restful spaces and presenting your best self every day.