Goodwill and Thrift Store Shopping?

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    Dec 30, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    Went to a Goodwill store today to look for glassware and pots for plants and terrariums (why spend $10-$20 when you can get the same thing for $1.97) and was surprised to see a huge heap of drop-offs outside. Inside they've recently doubled the size of the store. I like a good deal, and also purchased five books for $2.00. But at one point five people, men and women of all ages and races including myself, hovered over a few unloaded shopping carts of electronics and wares. One person was this well-dressed older lady in pearls. For a moment I felt both joy and dread at the whole scenario.

    Do you ever shop at thrift stores?

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    Dec 30, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    There is nothing wrong with shopping at thrift stores. I like to buy cooking stuff. I am a foodie and good pots and pans are pricey!

    And the charities use the money to train those who need help for jobs and prepare them for the job market. If people with money dont buy from the thrift stores, they cannot operate to provide work and funds for the necessary programs.

    I donate my used stuff to individuals who need it and homeless shelters, but I have no problems browsing through thrift stores.
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    Dec 30, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    I love shopping at Thrift Stores. Honestly, I get some of my favorite off-the-wall stuff from there. My top coat... originally 275 dollars. Got it for 10 at one. :3
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    Dec 30, 2011 10:05 PM GMT
    I gave a ton of clothes last year, including my high school senior picture suit that I probably only wore twice and kept in a closet for 30 years.
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    Dec 30, 2011 10:10 PM GMT
    Yes, I shop at thrift stores, also yard and estate sales. BTW. I still have my 8th grade picture suit.
    Yes, I am a little crazy
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    Dec 30, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    Absolutely! Why throw money away paying retail when you can buy recycled!

    Love the Earth!

    Recycle!
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    Dec 30, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    For me, Goodwill and thrift stores have simply depended on location. Some stores are almost like a hypermarket while others look like a social welfare office.

    Unfortunately I've never been able to get any decent clothes there because small sizes for guys (other than for little boys) virtually don't exist. I mean, come on, Americans these days are pretty damn big icon_rolleyes.gif However, I have gotten some shoes and flip flops from the Goodwill.

    The best deal I ever found at the Goodwill was an Oster 8-speed blender for $6! The particular model is usually $30-$40 at retail price. And yes, the blender worked just fine and still works 3 years after my purchase.
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    Dec 30, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    Thrift, clearance and closeout stores are completely dependent on location. I live on the border with the US, you have no idea how much incredible stuff ends up filtered in the closeout stores here. I've actually made a tidy business from reselling it. When I've travelled to other parts in the US the difference of what I DON'T find over there is shocking.
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    Dec 31, 2011 12:26 AM GMT
    Bill and I scored a beautiful print of a Pears Soap ad. Framed well and in perfect condition. 5 bucks. Turns out it's worth over 200.

    We bought a thin to the point of near transparent Chinese vase with handles. No stamp, nothing. Turns out it's an original piece, porcelain and the appraiser offered over five hundred for it. We paid a buck fifty.

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    Dec 31, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidDo you ever shop at thrift stores?

    Yeah, at 2 local ones that use the money for HIV/AIDS care, with one additionally running a food bank with the proceeds. Clothing-wise I mostly get cargo shorts, my daily wear here, for which the pre-worn look is perfect. You pay extra for it in retail stores. We also sometimes get kitchen and cooking items there, and I've gotten some great bargains on table lamps.
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    Dec 31, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    Often I find myself giving dirty looks to gay boys who wear my size.
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:16 AM GMT
    Absolutely. I'm an eclectic collector and I also sell some of the stuff I find on ebay and make some very serious money doing that as a hobby. I can average around $350 a month selling stuff I've not paid more than $50 for. You just gotta know your stuff.

    As well what's the point in buying new junk when you can get better stuff used for pennies on the dollar.. For example not too long ago I got a near new top of the line Miele canister vac with all the attachments and an extra hose for $75.. It sells for around $800. There was nothing at all wrong with it,, clean as a whistle. Somebody probably died and someone in their family just packs all the stuff up and sends it over to Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity.
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:19 AM GMT
    You get the best leather jackets at thrift stores. The new shit at Macys, etc sucks in comparison.
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:21 AM GMT
    My boyfriend bought a vase at a thrift store for 125 bucks (which is pricey for a thrift store), but after realizing what he had, he shipped it to an auction house in New York that sold it for 32,000.00. The color catalog it was featured in stays on the coffee table as a reminder to what you can find in a thrift store!
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:24 AM GMT
    not normally unless I am looking for a costume of some sort. I did do three months of community service at a goodwill and got an awesome print that was a limited edition produced by a record company as a xmas gift to their artists. They let me have it for $1. I originally had gotten it for my office but I loved it so much it hangs over my bed.

    I do go to Buffalo Exchange sometimes. Have gotten a few things there.
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:25 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidI buy EVERYTHING at thrift stores and their more mainstream chain cohorts. Yeah, my fashion sense sucks and my wardrobe is lacking, but I can buy so much stuff there. It's awesome!


    It is awesome! Way to be TRULY non-mainstream unlike those hipsters icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    I love thrift store! Sometimes you can find good shit there! I found a really cute RL Polo tie that would normally be about 100 bucks for 1.50 icon_smile.gif And instead of buying 1 pair of hundred dollar jeans, I just go to Plato's Closet and can get 10 pairs of 100 dollar jeas for 100 bucks. As long as you wash it... what's the problem? lol
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:29 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    pocketnico said
    Trollileo saidI buy EVERYTHING at thrift stores and their more mainstream chain cohorts. Yeah, my fashion sense sucks and my wardrobe is lacking, but I can buy so much stuff there. It's awesome!


    It is awesome! Way to be TRULY non-mainstream unlike those hipsters icon_rolleyes.gif
    90% of my wardrobe consists of what I find at Goodwill, and I can't find anything about them being homophobic.

    I got two pairs of pants today on sale icon_smile.gif But I was at Nordstrom and they love homos.
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    I've seen some nice clothes at a few thrift stores, but unfortunately small sizes for men are few in between. I seem to luck out only in shoes because size 9 is fairly common.
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    I hit the thrift stores in my area about once a month. My grandmother used to take me to the Salvation Army when I was a kid, so I know my way around second hand stores.

    I live in an affluent area and I always find some very good deals One of the best was when I purchased 3 Burberry shirts for $10.00. I purchased top brand sport jackets [Missoni, Ralph Lauren, 40 Savile Row] for $5.00--and they were hardly worn at the thrift stores I frequent.

    They saved me a lot of money during my college years when I didn't have a lot of cash to spend on clothes. It's nice going into t thrift store and coming out with some nice clothes and knowing you didn't spend a fortune.
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:37 AM GMT
    I like thrift shopping, you never know what treasures you'd find.
    My best purchases I got last time were an Armani tuxedo for 6(!!!) dollars, a vintage YSL smoking jacket for six bucks and a bunch of designer dress shirts for a dollar! And all in my size too. Score! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    i buy a lot of my clothes from thrift stores
    maybe i'm a """hipster""" but ya
    salvation army is my playground
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:43 AM GMT
    johnthejock69 saidi buy a lot of my clothes from thrift stores
    maybe i'm a """hipster""" but ya
    salvation army is my playground


    salvation army no like the gays.
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:44 AM GMT
    johnthejock69 saidi buy a lot of my clothes from thrift stores
    maybe i'm a """hipster""" but ya
    salvation army is my playground


    You're NOT a Hipster.
    Hipsters shop at Urban Outfitters. icon_lol.gif!
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    Dec 31, 2011 5:47 AM GMT
    I think my best sale at a thrift store was my prom tuxedo for like ten bucks or something. I've always wondered though, does anyone really buy second hand underwear? It seems so weird but almost all the thrift stores I've been to sell them.