It’s always good to make a list, especially if you take your thrifting seriously. It’s even better to make a great list.
We here at Blanco Bros. keep several lists.
It is very important for several reasons:
1) Keep track of what you already have and don’t: I have lost track over the years of how many times I purchased a dvd/cd/lp that I already owned or worst: I have accidentally purchased two or three more copies and now have several copies of the same album.
Sometimes with cds and records there is a variant version. I get them mixed up and end up purchasing the non-variant version.
2) Keep track of pieces or parts: We all have that item that is almost complete and missing an essential part. It also serves as a reminder when you out and about to hunt and ask.
Ex: I attended toyfest this past summer with no list. It was horrible, I instantly saw several items I “thought” I needed. I ended up purchasing several duplicates and not purchasing the items I really did need.
3) Measurements, measurements, measurements: I don’t care how good someone’s memory is, there is no way you can remember everything. Especially measurements. I keep a page of several sizes of posters and frames that I need.