Last week I showed you guys my thrifted finds for the month of January and I mentioned that I had to barter in order to snag two pieces. Well, learning the art of bartering is a great thrift shopping tip.
While shopping at the Salvation Army, I found a feathered vintage robe that immediately caught my eye. It was only $13 and had such a glam feel to it. I loved it but wasn’t really sure if I’d actually wear it, but I threw it in my cart anyway.
Not long after, I encountered Jasmin from Vintage Vandalizm. She was gushing over the robe, which is just her style, and I noticed she had some pieces in her cart that looked like they could use a good home in my closet.
So, it only made sense for us to make a friendly exchange.
When I first walked in to the Salv, I noticed a cute bag on the racks, but I foolishly didn’t snatch it up. And guess who did? Jasmin! She had the bag in her cart. I told her she could have the robe in exchange for the bag…and a pleated skirt.
If I would have purchased the robe, I know exactly what would have happened. It would just hang in my closet. But by bartering, Jasmin walked away with a piece she really adored and I scored two great items.
Thrift Shopping Tip: If you see a stranger with something in their cart and you really want it, don’t be afraid to chat them up. The item that you’re dying over may be something they’re willing to part with, either courtesy of an exchange or they’ll give it to you without any strings attached. And you may have to offer up multiple pieces in exchange for one. But if it’s worth it, go for it!