It is the time of the year when we all want to start saving. We spent way too much money on the holidays and for some people those credit card bills will soon be knocking on their doors. What is a better way to start saving than by checking out your nearest resale shop?
Resale shopping has become more popular in the latest years. It isn’t just about the money they save, although they can save really big. It is also the fact that by buying resale they are doing their part in the recycling chain. Plus, you can really find some unusual stuff at these stores.
I personally have checked out all the resale stores from Waverly, Ohio, to south of High Street in Columbus and the resale store: Volunteers of America located in Circleville, Ohio has quickly become my family’s favorite. We love the location (right off the highway, near quite a few restaurants) and we love that parking is no problem (no parallel parking here).
But there is a few tips that will making shopping at Volunteer America or any resale shop even more fun for you.
Make sure you have plenty of time. This isn’t Wal-Mart where everything is in its place. Most resale shops have plenty of everything and it takes time to sort through it. Remember some of the best finds could be hiding in the back of a shelf.
Be friendly and polite to the sales staff. Sometimes they are the ones who can price an item that isn’t marked. Besides you should be nice to everyone.
Learn when they are going to have sales. Some places has a certain day for their big sales, sometimes it is a weekly sale or a monthly sale. Again, this is where being nice to the sales staff is important. If they get to know you and you begin to frequent the shop, they sometimes will let you know about an upcoming sale you might otherwise not had known. If you are a senior citizen or if you take a senior citizen shopping on occasion be sure to find out if they give a senior discount and if so, when.
The Volunteers of America in Circleville, Ohio, has changed their monthly sales date to the last Tuesday of every month. They give a senior discount on all regularly priced items.
Also learn exactly what is on sale. Sometimes, they used terms a regular customer might not understand. Recently, the Volunteers of America had a sale on what they called their bar code items. It meant that it had a little color coded plastic thing attached to it.
Then after you know what the sales are you can start shopping. You should think about what you really want or need as you start. It is easy to get distracted by all the nice things and the nice prices. Then we forget what we really want or worse yet, we overspend. Yes, even when things are 50% off, you can spend to much money.
After you find something you like be sure to check it out closely. Make sure all the buttons are in place, all zippers work, and that there isn’t any holes. If you aren’t quite sure about the size, you can sometimes try on clothes at some resale shops. Take advantage of this opportunity.
If you are buying something electrically, ask if you can plug it in to try. Most places don’t care if you do this. I have even known them to loan a light bulb out so one could test out the lamps.
When it comes to furniture, you should always look for dents, scratches, tears and the like. If it is something like a chair or sofa, you should even sit on it. Sometimes a piece will look great, but won’t sit well.
You should always take the time to check out the front of the store. The clothes and items placed in the windows are sometimes for sale. They can also be some of the best pieces. Sometimes higher priced items that are more valuable are placed behind the sales counter for security purposes. You also can find nice purses, pieces of jewelry and the like inside cases at the counter area. Don’t be bashful. If you see something you like and what to know the price or would like to see it better, ask. The sales staff is usually happy to help.
If you live or plan to be in the Circleville Ohio area and what to check out the Volunteers of America, please do so. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9am to 7pm. They are located at 24799 US Highway 23 South, Circleville, Ohio 43113. And if there is something particular you are looking for or if you have a question you can call them at 740-420-6447.
A lot of resale shops also donate part or all of their profits to charity. This is another reason you may want to shop or you may want to donate to one.
Volunteers of America help abuse children, youth at risk, the frail elderly and disabled families. Each year it is estimated that they help an average of 1.8 million people a year. To contact them or to see if they have a resale shop or an auto auction in your area call them at 1-800-899-0089 or visit their website at www.VOA.ORG .
So if you want to save money, help the recycling business, buy unique things at good prices or if you just want to help a charity, then by all means check out some of the resale shops in your area. You may be glad that you did.