perserverancePerseverance is key. It can be tiring flipping through fringe-bedecked dresses and blazers with shoulder pads that could reach China. But think of it as a treasure hunt instead! The things you can find are so exciting if you just keep on going.
find the potential
There is potential in almost everything. Love the fabric of a dress but hate the cut? Make a pillowcase out of it. Find the cutest shirt ever but it's a tad too big? Belt it. Discover your dream pair of boots but they're scuffed? A quick application of shoe polish will do the trick. It's important to see beyond what you're holding in your hands--don't judge a book by it's cover. Chances are, whatever is wrong with it can be remedied.
Having said that, though, don't buy things that you know will just end up in your "to-do" pile. It crowds your closet and it's money wasted.
This is a big one! Almost every piece of merchandise is marked with a colored tag for better organization. Most thrift stores will have a color/tag of the day that's discounted--for example, all items with a red tag are half off, all with a green tag are twenty five percent off, et cetera. Be on the lookout for a board with a color(s) of the day when you walk in.
look for sale tags
wear comfortable clothing
You're going to be on your feet for a long time, flipping through racks and hunting through shelves. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing--it's probably not a good idea to wear those new five inch heels if you're planning on hitting the thrift stores. Also, make sure your outfit will enable you to on clothes quickly and effortlessly.
Most of all, just have fun. Be a little crazy, try something new. After all, you're spending all of what, fifty cents? Bring a friend and laugh through the aisles. Thrifting is fun!