Thrifting can be quite addictive. Whether it be looking for vintage clothing, a hard to find collectible or just a really good deal. Once you find a little success, you just want more of it. If you are ready to do some serious thrifting, you will find Orlando thrift stores top notch.
Good Orlando Thrifting
Here are some of the best choices if you enjoy shopping Orlando thrift stores.
Why We Like It
Located just north of the city of Orlando is OMG Thrift. This is a “for profit” thrift center, but it is worth checking out. Although the prices may be a bit higher with stores actually looking to make money, you also get a few perks. They are usually cleaner and much better organized. OMG is no exception and you will enjoy your time there. They even have dressing rooms to try on clothes, a rarity with thrift stores.
Like most thrift stores, there are no returns.
Community Thrift Store
Why We Like it
A nice selection of clothing and household goods. This thrift store is particularly well loved by shoe shoppers, looking for a deal. The location is located just south of downtown Orlando, so it is convenient. They only accept cash but they do have an ATM located inside.
Make sure you want it, because there are no returns.
Cash only, no credit accepted.
Various locations throughout the city. The Orange Blossom location is located south of the downtown area and it is one of the larger facilities.
Why We Like It
Goodwill is one of the largest and most well known thrift stores in the country. People are constantly donating to Goodwill which means that they are well stocked. They are also a non profit which means that money you spend will go towards helping people in your community. You can find a little bit of everything at Goodwill, so come with an open mind.
Leave yourself plenty of time to sort through the merchandise. The location above is a large facility.
Don’t always expect things to be organized.
Goodwill is a great place to find used furniture.
Why We Like It
While this is not exactly a non profit organization, they do buy at least some of their goods from non profits. This location has something that a lot of Orlando thrift stores lack, cleanliness. It is also well lit and organized, so much so that it almost takes the fun out of the hunt. It is just too easy. City Thrift is a little higher priced than other thrift stores, but they are worthy of a visit.
Look for the specials which can be as much as half off.
Orlando Thrifting Tips
New to thrift store shopping? It is an art and a passion for so many. Take a look at some thrifting tips that you might find useful.
Scan The Aisles
You will never be able to go through everything in a thrift store and most stores are quite frankly not that well organized. Learn to scan the aisles for things that you like instead of rummaging. It will save you time and allow you to cover more ground.
Work As A Team
Thrift store shopping is more fun and much more effective as a team. You can cover more ground if you go with a friend or friends. Make sure that everyone knows what everyone else is looking for so that they can spot it and grab it.
Wear Tight Clothing
You do not necessarily need to wear a cat suit, but yoga pants might be appropriate. Most thrift stores do not have changing rooms, so wearing tight clothing will allow you to try things on right in the middle of the aisle. Save time and make sure that you get the right fit, because there is no taking it back.
Make Friends With Staff
If you frequent a particular store, try to make friends with the regular employees. Not only will it make your trips more enjoyable, it might make them more productive. Nobody knows where the good stuff is better than the ones who put it there.
Go Thrifting During The Week
Everyone goes out shopping on the weekend. That means that you will have to deal with large crowds and the merchandise will be well picked over. Go on a Tuesday or Wednesday for the best chance of scoring something really good.
Shop The Off Season
Just like regular retailers, thrift store owners price for the season. Winter clothes will be cheaper in the Summer and beach gear will be discounted in the Fall. This means that you will have to do some extra planning, but the cost savings will be worth it.
Inspect Your Finds
You just found the item that you have been desperately searching for, but don’t put it in your cart too fast. Examine it carefully for signs of damage. If it is clothing, look for stains, tears, damaged stitching or stains. Check everything else for cracks, missing pieces or other damage. Remember, all sales are final.