Whether you're strapped for cash or prefer more unique threads to off-the-rack retail, there are plenty of reasons to take your phone along on your next thrifting adventure. Find out how mobile apps can enhance your shopping experience, and get suggestions for free and inexpensive apps you can download today.
Looking for somewhere new to take your thrifting talents? Head in a new direction and take your phone along! With apps like ThriftBuddy you can browse thrift store listings based on proximity or zip code, and easily get directions using your phone's GPS. It's the perfect tool for finding road trip treasures or charity boutiques hidden off the beaten path—and aren't those always the one's with the best t-shirt collections?
Consignment stores and thrift stores can be great, affordable go-tos, but sometimes your usual haunts can get a bit played out. Garage sales, rummage sales, and flea markets are all great bargain-buying alternatives, but browsing the classifieds can be clunky, and promising poster boards are often hard to find.
But fear not thrifty shoppers! Even the old-timey art of junk sale hunting has been enhanced by mobile technology. Apps like Garage Sale Rover and Gsalr aggregate listings from classified services (including online favorites like Craigslist, Oodle and WeekendTreasure.com) compiling and mapping the sales for you. You can even filter your results by keyword or day of the week. With that kind of trip planning, you can turn a crapshoot of a Saturday into a fun, efficient treasure-hunting mission.
Looking for something specific to complete a costume? Have a peculiar nook in need of the perfect piece of furniture? Yardsale is particularly slick-looking app that let's you see photos, prices and descriptions of individual items in your area, turning your neighborhood into a new store every week.
See all the stuff closest to you, check the feed for just-added items, or search for something specific. Sellers can even let friends and neighbors get first dibs with Facebook and Twitter sharing built in. It's like a super-simplified classified ad, with a mobile-friendly, interactive interface built in. Oh, and did we mention it's free?
Before you dive in and start downloading new apps, it would be wise to take some precautionary steps to protect your personal information. (Thriftiness only goes so far when some hacker swipes your bank account information.)
Be sure your mobile thrift-finder is protected with Mobile and Tablet Security for your Android devices. Now go get your thrifting on!