Hands up, who likes to shop? Now keep your hands up if you like to search forever to find something good and end up paying an expensive price. There really shouldn’t be any hands left up! Many savvy shoppers out there already know that malls and main streets aren’t always the best places to find bargain deals on items, but these are definitely hidden secrets that these shoppers probably don’t want you to know!
Well, it’s time to reveal some of the best places when you wish to find awesome items at fantastic prices. What’s more, several established places are beginning to move with the times and accept Bitcoin as a payment option, meaning as a shopper, we’re almost spoiled for choice.
Flea markets/vintage fairs/thrift shops
Flea markets and vintage fairs often take place on the weekend, but there are some which may well happen every day in your neighborhood. Whilst it’s true that you’ll have to look through a lot of unusual and useless items at many of these markets, you’ll still be able to find something cool like original vinyl albums, old artwork and books, vintage jewelry and many other things that people once enjoyed, but are happy to part with now. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is a perfect saying for places like these!
The great thing about thrift shops like Oxfam is that these places also contain many of the same items found in flea markets and vintage fairs, but a portion of the sale goes towards a good cause. So, you get the knowledge that you’re helping someone in the world, whilst still finding a great item at an affordable price.
Too Good To Go app
Every year, tons of produce is thrown away when the sell-by-date is expired, but the food still remains in good condition for a few days longer. In a bid to remove food waste and help shoppers save money, apps like Too Good To Go have appeared and are starting to revolutionize the way we buy food. You simply download the app, turn on your location, then search your area to see which restaurants, supermarkets and bakeries have food close to expiration, but that they don’t wish to throw away. The costs are often way more than half price and can often be bought in bulk, meaning that you can pick up many cheap items at once.
Across the Internet, there are websites that deserve to be called genuine specialists and experts in terms of what they buy & sell. For example, if you’re looking to buy a watch from a brand like Tissot, it might be wise to use Chrono24, as the website only deals in watches and will likely be as passionate and educated about these timepieces as you’d hope. Many of the items are actually second-hand, which means that you can pay prices far lower than if you’d purchased brand new. This is the case for many items, like cars, sports clothing, or whatever you might be after. You’ll discover that a website that focuses solely on one thing will often provide the best options at decent prices.
It would be strange if you haven’t heard of eBay by now, but it’s worth reiterating how popular and widespread the online marketplace has become. Whenever you think that something is too obscure or useless to be bought or sold, just try on eBay… you’ll be surprised just how quickly things can be gone! The site will definitely have some tough competition from cheap sites like Amazon Marketplace, but eBay still has a strong reputation in this area of business.
Second-hand options for clothing
This last one is a double-edged sword, as not only is the focus on buying great clothing items, but also selling! BuzzFeed has listed some fantastic places where you’ll find articles of clothing and even accessories at prices that are much suited to someone trying to save money but still likes to shop. With these possibilities, you can also sell a few unwanted items that are only sitting around collecting dust and use that money to buy some newer, better things.
At the end of the day, it’s all about looking hard at all the opportunities around you, because if you go to the same place all the time, chances are you won’t discover all the incredible things that can be bought in other places. Get out there and find something you think looks awesome.