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When shopping at thrift stores, you have to be willing to forage for the good stuff. Here are more tips from the experts at Goodwill Industries:

Dig deep. You have to search through racks, squat to see what's on lower shelves, lift and move things, and otherwise take an active approach to seeking out hidden treasures.

Focus. Concentrate on finding only two or three items you really like.

Develop an eye. When you're shopping for clothes, it's easier to spot textures, colors or prints than styles. Look for those first.

Be willing to change things. A sewing machine can transform an outdated style or fix a poor fit. An old curtain can supply the fabric to cover a lampshade. Try to see things for their potential, not their present state.

Shop off season. People usually donate clothing, holiday decorations and other items at the end of a season, so that's a good time to shop.

Don't be afraid. The idea of painting a hutch or taking in a skirt might seem daunting if you've never done it before, but thrift store finds are a low-risk, low-cost place to start building your skills.

Shop often. Thrift store merchandise changes frequently, even daily.

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