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Thrifting can be a thankless task if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Often, you’ll spend hours perusing the shelves without any idea of what constitutes a real bargain – only to then fill your boots with junk that you don’t need. Learning what to keep an eye out for, then, can turn your thrift store visits into genuinely fruitful shopping trips. And, if you’re savvy enough, there are even some potential moneymaking opportunities.

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40. Wooden furniture

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When you think about it, buying second-hand wooden furniture just makes sense. If you buy new, after all, there’s no proof that it’s going to stand the test of time. But a vintage piece you find in a thrift store for a bargain price? Well, it’s lasted this long hasn’t it? If you’re unsure, though, check for dovetailing – a joinery style that indicates a handmade item.

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