Holy cow, right on page two of this... More than 7 years ago, this thread's starter (and SF admin) "j" created an epic post that:
j: "— Also, and I know this is kind of anal retentive, I optimize my trip through the store to head off someone snatching up something great while I'm busy elsewhere. Shoes first, then coats, suits, shirts, ties, sweaters, electronics, toys (for stuff like the keytar) etc, then finally the case (for cufflinks and such). I have no idea whether this has ever helped me, and probably never will. But if I saw a guy walking off with some perfect RLPL croc loafers right as I got to the end of a long suit rack, I wouldn't be able to forgive myself.
Ha, I don't think anyone saw me handling the Gucci croc loafers as I wasn't parading around the store with them. This is a good thought to have in the back of your mind if you suspect there's another hanger shuffler in the store. SHOES FIRST. It blows my mind that some seasoned thrifters in this thread have mentioned that they rarely, if ever, check the shoe section. You will be rewarded sooner than later. Trust.