This is a good question, what is thrift store etiquette? Thrift store
etiquette is the rules that make interaction with others less inoffensive
and comfortable at a thrift store. Thrift store etiquette involves learning
proper behavior socially and professionally, in casual or formal
circumstances, here and abroad in the thrift stores.
Some rules of thrift etiquette is to;
1. Be aware of Shoppers around you as you move down the aisles. If
you have a cart be mindful not to block aisles. keep cart close to the side
of the aisle, you are viewing. It’s good etiquette to be mindful of people
around you so you can avoid bumping into anyone.
2. When looking through thrift items, leave them in the spot you
found them, don't unfold clothing and leave it like that. Refold clothing.
Leave the items where you found it instead of moving items around. The
employees have grouped certain items together like glassware for
3. Don't pull price tags off the items and change prices on
items. Looks Shady when you do that.It makes it harder for people that are
actually buying piece to know the price and the thrift would have to reprice
4. Don't buy unpriced donations there are still on cart wait
until the items are placed on shelves. This is bad etiquette when you
purchase items off the cart that the employees are about to price the items
on, unless you ask the employee first. If it's okay to take off the
cart before pricing item.
5. Don't try to haggle over price, the prices are set at the thrift,
it's not a bazaar or swap meet. At checkout, there is always someone trying
to haggle over the price at the thrift. These prices have been set by
the thrift and usually the employees don’t have the authority to
unilaterally change the prices. So be mindful of others waiting on
line when you try to haggle over thrift store items.
6. Watch your children, if you bring kids into the thrift.
Children could innocently damage items at thrift if playing
7. Only take what you use currently and leave the rest for others.If
you see a lot of ites up for sale that you like but there are many of the
same goods. Then leave it for someone else to get, if you have gotten
a lot of the items already.
8. Don't take too much time in dressing rooms, allow time for others
to use dressing rooms to. If the fitting rooms are crowded then good decorum
would be to try your item and get out of the fitting room as soon as
possible so that others could use it.
9. If shopping at Goodwill bins or Outlets doesn't run to grab items.
Don't act like a Walmart shopper during a Christmas rush. It’s important to
be civilized and not run to grab items out of bins. It makes the
experience more pleasant for everyone.
10. Don't touch items from another person's cart. This is common
sense, if you see something you like in someone’s cart then its too late to
get it because its in someone else’s cart.
11. Do not donate items after hours, try to donate them when staff is
available to put away items. It’s bad form to leave items after donation
hours because if the donation area is open air, you will leave the donated
items out to the elements until the following day when the staff can process
12. Do not ask staff to check if items you're looking for is in the
back. They must wait to price items before putting on the floor. Even, if
they had the item in the back they normally wait for until they have priced
the item to bring it out to the shelves.
13. Don't take don't talk too loudly or be disruptive. Thrift stores
are normally quiet and pensive places. There is usually music being played
at thrift stores but if you go to a thrift that is relatively quiet then you
should not speak too loudly or be disruptive.
14. Scan the thrift before actually shopping to get used to the lay
of the land. It is good to scan the shop first then look around the store
twice to make sure you have not left anything behind.
15. Don't be upset if you don't find anything at the thrift
store. Sometimes, you may not find anything at the thrift because you
may not find anything that attracts you that day. But, the key is to
keep returning to the thrift to find your special item.
in summary, if you do these fifteen things. Your life in thrift
stores will be much easier. Thrift store etiquette is important to make
everyone's experience at the thrift enjoyable..