A few Saturdays ago, I went on an all-afternoon thrifting adventure with two of my favorite people. Honest to God, I think we hit four or five stores in a matter of hours. And frankly, I was ill-prepared.
The bag I brought was too big and I kept bumping into racks, people, everything. My shoes were uncomfortable, which made me ornery. I was hungry and thirsty, which definitely did not help with the aforementioned crabbiness.
Anyway, I thought it might be handy (and a good reminder for myself!) to put together a list of must-haves for a day of thrifting.
What’s in My Bag…
-Hand sanitizer or Wet Wipes, because thrift stores aren’t the cleanest of places and getting sick is the pits.
-Notebook. This is where I jot down addresses of new thrifts, estate or garage sales I want to hit up. In it I also keep a running list of things I’m looking for, both for myself & others. It’s helpful for me to refresh myself before heading out to thrift.
-iPhone, for taking pics, Tweeting deals, texting friends re: whether or not they want something, Maps app for when I get lost, etc.
-Easy-to-carry snacks like granola bars, nuts or an apple keep cranky-inducing hunger pangs at bay.
-Water or iced tea, because it’s summer and I’m thirsty 24/7. I’m also partial to stopping by the Bell and getting one of these. So yummy!
-A pen. Because it sucks when you want to write something down and you can’t! This is my favorite, hands-down.
-Wallet. I’ve forgotten this essential item once this summer and needless to say, it was not the most fruitful thrifting trip.
-Listening to my iPod makes driving much more fun.
Also handy: check book (for estate sales), a tape measure (for measuring waistlines on clothes or the dimensions of linens or furniture), lip balm, hand lotion (especially nice in winter).
Another tip: Go with an average-sized, easy-to-carry purse or tote. Not too big, not too small.
What about you, dear readers? What do you tote along when you hit the thrifts?