Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

How to Make the Most of Your Next Thrift Shopping Trip

Looking to refresh your wardrobe on a budget? Head to your nearest thrift store! Thrift shopping is a great way to find trendy fashions for less than traditional retail prices. Whether you’re an experienced bargain hunter or a first-time thrifter, follow these tips to make your next thrift shopping trip a success.

Be prepared

Without a game plan, thrift shopping can sometimes be overwhelming. Before you head out on your next shopping trip, think about what you’re looking for, whether it’s accessories, work attire, formal wear, or closet basics. Making a wish list will help you save time and stay within your budget. Of course, there’s no harm in a little spontaneity. Keep your eyes peeled for items in ” new-with-tags” condition, as well as designer pieces and rare vintage finds.

Goodwill summer fashion; pink dress with pink shoes

Pink dress from Goodwill


Check for sales and special promotions

Thrift stores like Ohio Valley Goodwill often feature special sales where shoppers can score deals on top of already incredible prices. It’s a good idea to follow your favorite thrift stores on social media to stay up-to-date on the latest sales and promotions. At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we offer a host of savings opportunities exclusively for Goodwill shoppers. You can check out our Facebook page, get a coupon for our featured store of the month, view our sales calendars and even sign up to receive special offers sent directly to your email.


Visit often

Unlike traditional retail stores, where new merchandise is stocked on a predictable basis, the inventory in thrift stores is usually updated more frequently. At Goodwill, our selection of merchandise can change from day-to-day, meaning that every shopping trip is a chance to find something new. Part of the fun of thrift shopping is that you never know what you might find on any given day, so it’s a good idea to visit regularly.

Mother and son sorting clothes in cardboard boxes to donate to Goodwill

Donate to Goodwill



Want to make room in your closet for all your amazing thrift store finds? The next time you go thrift shopping, bring along some items to donate. Following the ” one in, one out” rule can make all the difference in keeping your wardrobe organized and clutter-free. At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we make it easy to donate your gently used clothing and household goods with our convenient donation sites. By choosing to donate to Goodwill, you’ll make more space in your closet and pass along reusable goods to someone who will put them to good use!

When you go thrift shopping at Ohio Valley Goodwill, you’re getting more than a great deal. You’re also getting the satisfaction of knowing your purchase will help someone in your community go to work! Our retail stores exist to help fund life-changing job skills programs and employment services for individuals with disabilities and veterans right here in the Greater Cincinnati community. Thrift shopping at Goodwill is retail therapy you can feel great about!

We have 18 retail stores conveniently located across the Cincinnati area where you can shop for great deals and support Goodwill’s mission. Find your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill location and plan your next shopping trip today!