[Orange Baskets by ~db~]
I regularly read wisdom from The Thrifty Chicks, another blog advocating for thrifting culture. Over the past couple of weeks they’ve published a series that amounts to a thrifting instruction manual. Lots of good advice there, and it’s always interesting to see how other people approach thrifting. I thought this bit interesting, from Thrift Store Tips #3:
- Upon entering the store, always grab that shopping cart; 80% of the time, I end up with at least four items that total under $10.
- Do not worry if the cart if empty upon leaving the store. Keep a regular thrift shopping routine and the cart will overflow during different visits.
I almost never get a shopping cart or basket when I walk in the store. Though my thrifting trips have been yielding an awful lot of bargain fruit lately, I often saunter around the shop and leave empty handed. Like keeping a list, not carrying a basket means that I have to think about a purchase just a little more: Is this board game or bag of ribbon or casserole dish really worth my walking back to the line of carts at the front of the store? Once I have the cart I feel as though I’m not quite as choosy about what I buy. (Not surprisingly, my favorite purchase of the day is usually the first thing I pick up.)
Brian read the first part of this post over my shoulder, and it turns out he thrifts the same way, but not entirely for the same reasons. For me, not getting a cart is putting up a little psychological roadblock. It’s an attempt to be more intentional about the crap (the lovely, unique, beautiful crap) I bring into my life. For Brian, using a cart or not using a cart is about what he happens to be doing. “When you pick something up, you switch from browsing to shopping,” he says. “So at that point, you might as well pick up a cart.”
Kali mentioned another reason to eschew a cart: Some people believe they have better luck starting without one, as though picking up a basket or cart is too presumptuous; it sets you up for failure. By this reasoning, starting without a cart (with low expectations) almost ensures a bargain bonanza. A sort of new-agey Murphy’s Law, I guess.
Is this all crazy? And what about you–cart or no cart?