Keys to Shopping at Thrift Stores




Susie has been working at the UCLA Thrift Shop for 12 years and shares tips for shopping at these types of stores. "Know your prices beforehand. Do a little research beforehand so that when you're going into the store, you know if you're getting a good buy or not," she says.

If you're purchasing an electronic item, she suggests checking to make sure the gadget works before you leave the store. "We actually check out electronics ahead of time, but some thrift stores don't," she explains. "Sometimes, you can get a 24-hour return policy on them."

"Finding these thrift stores, I'm telling you, you can be strategic about this," Dr. Phil says. "The one that Susie's been involved with forever kind of sits at a junction between Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Brentwood. So you get really good stuff in there, right?"

"We do," she confirms. "We get wonderful things."

Dr. Phil notes that most thrift stores contribute their earnings toward good causes.

"Ours goes to patient aid," Susie says. "It's really for people who are quite desperate. We also buy blood mobiles. We buy ambulances. We really help people in the hospital at UCLA." Last year, her store made close to $1 million in sales.

"If you don't want to shop at a thrift shop, or you don't need to, then donate to a thrift shop," Dr. Phil suggests to his viewers. He adds that he and Robin donate to the UCLA Thrift Shop.  

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