7 Things Frugal Shoppers Always Buy At Thrift Stores

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3 min readFeb 21, 2024

Most frugal shoppers know so many things can be just as good, if not better when bought secondhand or refurbished.

Young man shopping for stylish clothes in thrift store. Image Credit: Dragon Images/Shutterstock.

In fact, buying things second-hand can not only save you a lot of money but sometimes even get you better quality items than the items that are being manufactured now, especially with planned observance being the new norm.

Here are some of the best stuff to try to find at thrift stores before buying them new.

1. Solid Wood Furniture

Well-made wooden furniture is known to stand the test of time, so it’s no wonder many shoppers say they buy it secondhand. No matter how old solid wood furniture might be, it will always last longer than anything made of plastic bought brand new.

Even if these pieces are broken, it’s usually easy enough to learn how to fix them, or still more affordable to have a professional fix them than buying new pieces.

2. Textbooks

Textbooks are a silly thing that cost a lot of money. Used textbooks are very often just as good as new ones, and older editions are often still relevant. Try to ask students who recently finished the course to buy a used textbook from them or look at thrift stores near the school to see what they have. You can even work…