I know there have got to be tons of thrift shopping guides on the internet, but were they written by a thrift shop professional?! I've been managing a local thrift shop for 5 months now and I still thrift in my spare time. I've got a system that helps me scan and shop even the largest shop in under an hour.
Here are my steps. Modify them to suit your needs!
Bring cash just in case.
Grab a cart.
Start in a section that inspires you.
Spot clothing by pattern or color.
If something is cool, but you're just not sure, put it in your cart anyway.
Estimate your total along the way.
If you're buying it for yourself, try it on!
Get a second opinion.
Narrow it down!
If you love the shop, take a business card and get social.
Here's a helpful cheat sheet to pin or take with you!