If new to the world of secondhand shopping or a seasoned veteran, thrift shopping is not only eco-friendly but, in the case of GraceWorks, is used to fund programs that help Williamson County neighbors in need.
It can also be very good for your wallet—not to mention your wardrobe and home. Armed with the right mindset and a few tips and tricks, anyone can find a treasure next time they visit the GraceWorks Thrift Store in either Franklin or Fairview:
Know The Sales
GraceWorks Thrift Stores have a variety of regular discounts along with special sales each week. For example, seniors get 30% off their purchases each Thursday. All items from the Antiques & Collectible area are 30% off every Tuesday. Visit here for the weekly sales and how you can have them emailed or texted to you each Monday.
Know The System
In the Furniture Room in Franklin, check out the color tags board when you walk in to see what colors are discounted. Some items are as much as 75% off the tagged price.
Packing up dishes and glassware is a real chore when moving so they are often donated to GraceWorks. Full sets of dishes, which originally cost hundreds, are sometimes available for pennies on the dollar.
Since GraceWorks will come out and pick up furniture and appliances in great shape, some people are happier to see their larger items go to a good cause than deal with them if they are moving or buying new. Sectional sofas, refrigerators and washer/dryers are often available.
Bring Your Smartphone
For those who are looking for that unique collectible, a hop on a search engine usually reaps quick results when finding out what something is worth. The same goes for getting quick reviews on furniture brands.
Merchandise is put out often throughout the day so customers have as much a chance finding new inventory at 3 p.m. as they do at 9 a.m.
Don’t Be Afraid To Tailor
Just because a clothing item doesn’t fit you perfectly doesn’t mean you have to leave it behind. Designer items like coats, suits and dresses can often be tailored for a relatively small fee.
Test It Out
Every electrical item for sale at GraceWorks has been tested but always be sure to plug it in and check it yourself. Ask the cashier who will gladly plug in your item or let you borrow a light bulb or batteries to test before you buy.
Don’t Forget the Punch Card
Be sure to get and use your GraceWorks punch card. Every time you spend $5 or more, you get a punch. Every Tuesday is “Double Punch Day”. After ten punches, use your card to get $5 off your next purchase.
Search Name Brands
The GraceWorks boutique has a number of top name brands available. If you’re the sort who only shops for name-brand fashions, the boutique might have exactly what you need for a lot less than you’d expect to pay at the mall.
Imagine The Possibilities
Sometimes, a coat of paint and some new hardware on an old piece of furniture can transform it to something fresh and fun. Keep an open mind when looking at an item to see how you can make it to something unique.
One Item In, One Item Out
To keep thrifting from becoming hoarding, consider donating an item to GraceWorks for every item purchased. That way, you’re doubling up on helping your neighbors.
Don’t Get In A Hurry
Shopping at any thrift store isn’t very fun if you’re in a hurry or not in the mood to browse. Though the GraceWorks Thrift Stores are well organized, finding that special something can take time. When you land on that thrift store treasure, the time spent on the hunt is worth it and you’ll have a great story to share with your friends.
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