It was pretty much Goodwill or nothing and the Goodwill stores there had really raised their prices.
Rare Coaching Days plates from the 1930s
Atlanta is a whole different story. I am finding more and more thrift stores and they are proving to be pretty great.
That being said I just can't walk into a thrift store and start plucking things off the shelves, pay, and walk out. I wish it was that easy.
This is basically how I proceed, with the assumption that I will find some great stuff. I usually do, but not always. I definitely want to be prepared though. so I grab a shopping cart
Beautiful Redcliff covered vegetable dish
I head for the homegoods first because this is what I primarily sell. As I move through the isles I put things that I think I might want into the cart. I know what I like and have a pretty good eye for things and a ball park figure for what they will sell for.
After I have checked out all of the vintage homegoods, I quickly look at the furniture to see if there is something I might want (like the piece I am looking for to go behind my setee) and then start looking through the clothes, as I am now selling on Poshmark.
How sweet is this 1972 Alva official museum reproduction
Once again I add things to my cart to sort through when I am finished shopping.
Now is when I have to start making decisions about what I will purchase.
This is where my cell phone comes in. If I am not sure what I can resell something for I research it. I also take time to really check over each item to see if there are any flaws I didn't notice when I first picked it up.
Perfect pottery bowl for a farmhouse kitchen
If something doesn't measure up it goes back on the shelf or rack. Next I wait patiently in line, pay, and load it into my car.
When I get it home a whole new process begins.
Thrifting and selling isn't for everyone. Not everyone has the time or desire to get out there and find the treasures they want. That is why they need resellers like me, and I love it. To me there is nothing like the thrill of the hunt.