First-hand tips for second-hand shopping [GALLERY]

Avid thrift store shoppers share tricks of trade

Thrifting is beautful

The first things you notice when walking inside any second-hand store are row after row of racks filled with clothes of every colour pallet, shelves exploding with shoes, bins brimming with hats and scarves, and baskets crammed with costume jewellery.

The adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” truly applies here, says Emerencz Merkle, co-manager of Divine — a part vintage, part retail store on 17th Avenue S.W.

Merkle — along with her co-manager and a seasoned thrift shopper — have discovered tips and tricks to make second-hand shopping less of a chore and more of a pleasure.

However, for any of these tips to be valid, all three “thrifters” say that persistence and patience are the best weapons in a second-hand shopper’s arsenal.

By Jodi Egan

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