Thrift stores: we all know and love them. Whether they’re tiny, hole-in-the-wall antique shops where you can find unexpected treasures or bigger secondhand chains, these stores are gold mines of quality items for a fraction of the retail price.

Guess what else is great about thrifting? It’s better for the planet. Many clothing companies use unethical practices to make their clothing and speak nothing about the huge textile wastes that end up in landfills.

Don’t think that buying secondhand means lower quality, either. Sure, that might apply to some items but people everywhere have found amazing things never taken out of the box. These items range from jewelry to electronics to wedding dresses worth thousands of dollars. Let’s face it: there are few downsides to shopping in thrift stores.

As it turns out, there’s a knack to it. Thrift store inventory, policies, and deals vary significantly from store to store, even when shopping at a chain location. Luckily, the thrifty people of the internet are here to give their best tips, tricks, and hacks to help you not only find the best items at your local thrift store but also score the best deals.