35+ Tips, Ideas & Savvy Secrets for Your Next Thrift Shopping Trip

Poking through old furniture, stumbling on vintage gems and turning the corner to face a used piece of art that looks like it was made just for your home — the thrills of thrift shopping are plentiful. If you plan on staying away from the crowds chasing sales and want to get your thrift on during this three-day holiday weekend, we've gathered our favorite tips, ideas and inspiration so you have your best, most awesome thrift adventures yet!

A successful thrift trip needs five things:

Five Tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping

Want to DIY? Here's what to look for when you shop:

10 Common Thrift Store Finds That Work Great for DIY Projects

10 Easy-to-Find Secondhand Staples (and How To DIY These Thrift Store Finds)

Want to know where to go?

2013 Flea Market Guide: Coast to Coast

10 US Flea Markets Worth a Trip

How to clean up your thrift store finds:

How To Clean Up a Flea Market Find

How To Get the Musty Smell Out of Your Thrifted Treasures

Here's how to get the best deal:

Bargain Hunting & Deal Making

Don't bring home any unwanted guests:

How To Avoid Bringing Bedbugs Home from Hotels, Thrift Stores and More

Don't forget to consider whether you need what you're about to buy:

Thinking Before Buying at the Thrift Store

And please, please do this if you thrift any art this weekend:

Adding Monsters to Thrift Store Paintings

What thrift shopping tips and ideas would you add to this list? Share your best thrift advice in the comments below!

(Image credits: Bethany Nauert; Amanda Johnson; Oliver Jeffers; Apartment Therapy Classifieds; Brooklyn Flea Profile; Alameda Point Antiques and Collectibles Faire; Laure Joliet; The Art of Doing Stuff; Rebecca Orlov; Shutterstock/Shutterstock; Sarah Rae Smith; Chris McMahon)