For many of us, shopping entails hanging our heads low and keeping to ourselves as we grab what we need and leave. But shopping op shops is a different beast. You're actually better off wandering around and paying mind to other shoppers.
Photo by Orin Zebest.
Master op shopper Tavia Tindall explains to Apartment Therapy that op shops are a great place to meet interesting people. Tindall says there's something about two strangers digging through the belongings of a third party that draws people closer. Talking with strangers is good for you, and you're basically surrounded by conversation starters and ice breakers. You don't get that kind of interaction and curiosity in a big box store. Furthermore, other shoppers can be your ticket to finding other great op shops you're unfamiliar with:
...Having these conversations can also give you insights into where others have shopped. My knowledge about where the good thrift stores are has almost entirely come from word of mouth.
Also, paying attention to other shoppers can help you find the good stuff in the store you're shopping at. They might dig up some treasures, but decide against buying them. If you do some casual lurking, you can swoop in and grab some of the best items in the store.
The Surprising Thing You Should Pay Attention to Next Time You Thrift [Apartment Therapy]