Julie Tilsner had a great list of five golden rules to thrift store shopping. Let's make it ten:
6). The early bird gets the worm. Every thrift store has its own schedule. In our Upper Cape area, Mashpee Senior Center's shop opens for the week on Monday, St. Vincent de Paul opens on Tuesday, Emerald House on Wednesday, North Falmouth Congregational Church on Thursday. While new items are added throughout the week, you'll find the most new additions on opening morning, often at the ends of the rack. The best time to be there is the beginning of their week.
7). Examine the labels: A crisp label often means little or no wear/washing.