Until a few years ago, I had never really gone to second-hand stores. I’d browsed at a few here and there but it wasn’t a staple in my shopping options.
These days, I love checking out what I can find – though I also make sure I’m getting the best deals!
Between the town where I live and the closest urban centre, there are a lot of different options to choose from!
Locally, my favourite place to shop is Goodwill and you can find them all over (here is a list of Goodwill stores and their hours in Ontario). It’s also my favourite place to donate!
Another favourite is Salvation Army Thrift Stores.
And there are some tiny local charity shops as well — in at least 2 little towns that I travel through regularly I can find independent shops (mostly connected with various churches) in which I’ve found all kinds of weird and wonderful things!
The key, as I mentioned above, is to get the best value. Sometimes I find that items are a bit overpriced for a second-hand item compared to the deals I can find by scouring my local stores.
And, crazy as it sounds, be sure to check out sales at these shops!
I had no idea, for example, that Goodwill Stores had weekly sales like the ones above until recently! Value Village also has sales and you can sign up for their newsletter!
Have fun — my favourite thing about second-hand stores are the unique items I can find and the great prices!