Hunting through the racks of your local thrift & charity shops for hidden second hand treasures is marvelous but have you ever thought of thrifting online?
The same thrill of discovery and groovy prices scored while lounging in PJs from the comfort of your own home is a pretty awesome way to spend a lazy afternoon hibernating from these last frozen days of winter.
And so I present my How-to and Top Tips for Online Thrifting Trips:
Step 1: Login & select the category you’re interested in browsing.
My fave is, of course, Clothing & Accessories…
Step 2: Ignore all of the subcategories & head down to the “Show Only” option & click “See All”
Step 3: Choose your filters – my standard selections are:
Price: Be budget conscious & set the maximum you would be willing & are able to spend on an individual item – keeping in mind that shipping costs will be added to the end price.
Offer Format: Select “Auction”
Item Location: Select the country where you reside or where your purchase(s) will be shipped to.
Yes, there might be an amazing find from elsewhere in the world but the headache of shipping time, international postage costs, possible import duties & taxes and potential disappointment when the item isn’t what you were expecting is simply not worth the risk when thrifting online…Unless you’re searching for something specific that you know can’t be reasonably found in your country.
Show Only: “Paypal Accepted” – I choose to view items that accept paypal, even though their system isn’t perfect it does offer more buyer protection than a bank transfer + I can pay instantly which (hopefully) means my purchase will be shipped quicker.
Step 4: Get your thrifty scrolling on! Not selecting any subcategories means that you can browse through ALL of the items up for grabs in the general category you chose – just like being in a “brick & mortar” thrift store…and by setting that maximum price limit you know that everything you see you can actually afford + you won’t be tempted to break your budget!
Granted, not everything will be to your taste & style but nothing beats discovering, bidding and winning that diamond in the rough for a bargain price!