Here are some tips for thrift shopping: First and formost realize that you will most likely not have some designer garment jump right out at you. Prepare to make the long haul and search through tons of uninteresting clothes before you may come across something that can catch you eye. If you're one who can't spend a couple of hours going through rack after rack of garments then limit your search to what you may want the most like looking through the t-shirts for that vintage t, or through the dress shirts for a high end label. Then once you build up an 'endurance' will you be able to go through the whole store quickly, plus learn how to spot items earlier and other personal tricks. The next big thing to keep in mind is to search the clothes very, very carefully over. As I said before there may be sweat stains in the arm pit area of the shirts, but even worse would be to buy an item that may have some infestation of creature like lice, fleas, or the worse moth eggs. Also look for other defects like food or other stains; rips, tears, & holes; Â missing buttons; broken snaps, buttons, or zippers; shrinkage; and other careless treatment of the item like washing of a dry clean only garment. Most likely though, I have found that the better the item is brand wise the more the owner takes care of it. You will also want to make sure to try the item on, if you can, so to make sure it actually fits as it should. That's about the main points I think, everything else you should quickly pick up as you gain experience in thrift shopping like the stores where your local "rich" drop off their old clothes, or the ones to find rare and quirky jems. As a side note there are those who may be considered almost phobic in their repulsion to the idea of wearing a garment worn previously by another, to them I say don't pass up thrift stores though for you may still benefit from them too. They are a great place to find ties (it seems in my experience that hardly know one uses thrift stores to find designer ties for I find them by the armful) and suit jackets, both of which have minimal body contact with the owner. Happy hunting.