How To Thrift Shop During A Pandemic

So you think you are ready to start thrift shopping again but you just don’t know how safe it is. Well I ventured out a few weeks ago to see how different things would be or if I would even be able to do it and honestly it wasn’t that bad. Today I’m sharing with you my tips on “How To Thrift Shop Durning a Pandemic”.

  • Wear A Mask – I’m pretty sure this goes without saying but I’m going to say it anyway. Regardless to how you feel about wearing a mask a lot of cities have mandates about wearing masks in public and several stores including our local Goodwill will not allow you into the store unless you are wearing a mask.
  • Take A Pair of Gloves – Wearing gloves to protect your hands is not new to thrift shopping. Although I never wore them before I would see people with them on all the time prior to the pandemic. You touch a lot of clothing from all over when sifting through racks so wearing gloves is just added protection for your hands.
  • Don’t Try On Clothing – Fitting rooms are off limits during this time. I know that a lot of people don’t try their thrifted finds on anyway before washing them. Some thrift stores do have a return policy but honestly if you wash that 4.00 t-shirt and realize it’s too small, give it to someone that can use it.
  • Store Purchased Items In a Large Bag – It’s a good idea to take your own large bag (I used a trash bag) to store purchased items in. Leave the bag in your car for 23/48 hours unless you plan on throwing everything into the washer immediately. Wash all items in hot water. I have never had an issue with clothing shrinking as long as I hang the too dry. You can even wash them twice if it makes you feel more comfortable, but one good wash in hot water should do it!
  • Thrift Shop Online – As always you can thrift shop without leaving your couch. There are a variety of sites that have awesome deals on second hand items.

Honestly, going out anywhere right now is a personal decision. You have to decide what’s best for you and your comfort level. “Do I go thrift shopping every week like I did before”? NO. “Have I been since I went two weeks ago”? NO. “Will I go again soon”? MAYBE.


  1. Shelley
    July 23, 2020 / 2:06 pm

    Hey lady! Love to see.l you are back at it. I’ve been back in the stores since they’ve reopened about 6 weeks ago. I was prompted to head back out because I’ve started reselling on an app called Depop! I love it! And now I can resell popular “curated” items I’ve thrifted on my on personal shop page. It’s been really fun and financially savvy. 😊

    • mrsbrown0806
      July 23, 2020 / 9:08 pm

      Hi Shelley, I was so nervous and paranoid at after about 5 minutes it went away….You know you will have to tell me more about this app. I have so much stuff because I cancelled the swap…I promise girl, it’s just too much!!!

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