When Dave travels for business he has work prep that he must do. He irons his shirts (I don't do ironing unless I'm crafting), packs his bag, stows his laptop in his computer bag and makes sure all his documents to travel are in order. Every Thursday evening I prepare for Thrifting. It's my job and I want to be ready.
Here are things that I need to do on Thursday evening:
- Make sure my wallet has between $100-$200 in cash. Small bills are preferable especially for negotiating.
- Charge my iphone
- Download my the latest version of my bookseller's tool to be able to get up-to-date info on books.
- Charge my PDA book scanner
- Plan my route which includes using the newspaper & Craigslist to find all the sales for the weekend.
- Clean van and make sure the below items are ready:
Rolling cart to use at Flea Markets, Rummage Sales and Neighborhood Sales.
Three empty boxes to store purchased items in so that they don't roll around an possibly break.
A bag of bags. These were purchased for groceries but I use them for thrifting most of the time. They are especially useful at Estate Sales.
The most important thing for me to remember to bring is food. It doesn't take long for me to get very hungry. I rarely want to take the time to stop and eat so I bring food and drinks with me. Here is my basket of healthy-ish junk food. It keeps me going. I usually include fruit but our fruit bowl was bare last night.
I have three days of thrifting in front of me. Friday - estate sales, Saturday - garage sales, rummage sales & estate sales and Sunday - the Sebastopol Flea Market and any Sunday only garage sales.
How do you prepare for Thrifting?