Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day on August 17th

national thrift shop day

National Thrift Shop Day is a day for everyone to visit thrift shops (also known as secondhand, consignment, resale, and charity shops/stores) to experience the economic benefits of buying items secondhand. For those of you who have never secondhand shopped before, you have an amazing experience waiting for you. You can find great bargains that save you money and rare or unique items.

1-800-Charity Cars, an award winning vehicle donation/distribution charity, would like to share with you the following list of tips to make the most of your thrift store shopping experiences.


Most secondhand shops have sales where they have specific items marked down. Many shops have specific weekly or monthly 50% off sales. Goodwill, for instance, has a certain color tag for 50% off every week.


Once you locate a thrift shop that you like, be sure to visit often. New items are constantly coming in so there will be new things to check out each time you go.


Many thrift shops are very crowded on the weekends so avoid weekend shopping. This also means they will be depleted at the new week’s start, so do your shopping mid to late week. Wednesday through Friday is usually the best selection.


If you want to really see if you’re getting a great deal, or perhaps you purchase to resell, get a barcode scanner app for your cell phone. There are many to choose from such as ScanLife, ShopSavvy, Shopper, and BarcodeScanner to name a few. These apps will allow you to simply scan any item with a barcode and receive pricing information as well as reviews for the item.


Majority of thrift stores do not allow returns and items are sold as is. Be sure you try on clothing and test all electronics before you purchase them.


Since you are going to be at the thrift store, be sure to bring in all your unwanted or unused items to donate while you are there. You can make this a regular part of your routine and prevent accumulating clutter around your home. Just once a month (or however often you need to clean things out) take any unwanted items in during your thrift store shopping trip and donate them.

If you have an unused or unwanted vehicle, consider making a vehicle donation today. Your generous donation can help change the lives of struggling families. We accept vehicles of all types, running or not, and provide free pickup and towing across the entire United States. To donate your car to 1-800-Charity Cars, just give us a call at 1-800-CHARITY (1-800-242-7489 x 2) or use our easy online form. To make monetary donations through JustGive or PayPal, visit www.800charitycars.org. Are you feeling thrifty? Be sure to check out our recent article for ideas on how you can save on monthly expenses.

  • CAP.

    WoW! Thrifting is one of my favorite things in the world to do! I had no idea there was even a Thrift Day! I will have to share that with my daughter! LOL I find so many good buys thrifting. The idea about scanning bar codes on a cellphone is really great. My phone will not do that, but if it did, WoW !!! what a great idea. Thank you for posting it! Cyndi