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post #121 of 257

I agree that the name brand stuff holds up much better.  I have a pair of Talbots work pants that I have worn 2-3 times per week for the past three years, and they're still going strong!  

post #122 of 257
I just got a baby bath chair (not a tub, but one of those reclining chairs for the bath) for $2 in perfect condition. They go for $20+ in the stores.
post #123 of 257
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My Goodwill has a lot of name brand stuff, and for the most part is does hold up better. I often find Banana Republic in the as-is bin for $1.50!

 

 

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I agree that the name brand stuff holds up much better.  I have a pair of Talbots work pants that I have worn 2-3 times per week for the past three years, and they're still going strong!  

 

Does your Goodwill separate the name brands onto boutique racks and charge more?  I was wrong with the prices that I posted, boutique pricing is  $11.99 for pants and 8.99 for shirts.  Mine does and it annoys me, but it does make it easier to find those brands. 

 

I got 2 skirts one brand new from Target and a brand new pair of nude pumps form Target and a pair of black slacks.  I still need cardigans everything was nice was x-small.  I also need belts but that's about it!   

post #124 of 257
There is not a "boutique" section at my Goodwill--it's all together.
post #125 of 257

I am starting a small business project, upcycling used adult t-shirts into baby clothes, and today I found:

 

5 baby rompers and onsies, to use as size guages (I make my own patterns, but want to standardize the size and shape) - $1 each

 

10 used adult t-shirts - 4 or 5 with good art, or music group logo, others not so great, but good for practice - $1 each. 

 

$15 investment, to start a business! All I can think of that I need to get going is thread, and a chalk marker. This evening's project is to pull out and clean up my old serger. If it doesn't still work, it has been at least 2 or 3 years since I have even looked at it, I may be back at the thrift stores tomorrow...

post #126 of 257
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Does your Goodwill separate the name brands onto boutique racks and charge more?  I was wrong with the prices that I posted, boutique pricing is  $11.99 for pants and 8.99 for shirts.  Mine does and it annoys me, but it does make it easier to find those brands. 

 

Not really; it's usually all just dumped in the same bin or hung on the same rack. I've only been in one Goodwill that had a special "designer" section, and that was in Kenosha I think. 

post #127 of 257
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Found a few things today when we popped in - 

 

- Chicago Wolves hat for husband $3

- Brand new Hot Wheels car in package $1

- Board book $1

post #128 of 257
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Originally Posted by mamarhu View Post
 

I am starting a small business project, upcycling used adult t-shirts into baby clothes, and today I found:

 

5 baby rompers and onsies, to use as size guages (I make my own patterns, but want to standardize the size and shape) - $1 each

 

10 used adult t-shirts - 4 or 5 with good art, or music group logo, others not so great, but good for practice - $1 each. 

 

$15 investment, to start a business! All I can think of that I need to get going is thread, and a chalk marker. This evening's project is to pull out and clean up my old serger. If it doesn't still work, it has been at least 2 or 3 years since I have even looked at it, I may be back at the thrift stores tomorrow...

I love this business idea!!!! 

post #129 of 257

Yesterday I scored 3 work shirts that looked barely used and I needed them so very badly...

 

I also found a John Deere Pink and Purple Hoodie for Little L that looks brandnew and a cute LandsEnd Dress with butterflies on it she will love...I have a pair of legging it will look adorable with :)

post #130 of 257
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I finally got a chance today to stop at an independent place, Community Thrift, that we keep passing by. It's a large building and the parking lot is always packed, so I had high hopes. But I was super disappointed. First off, the place was filthy. The clientele was... interesting (to put it mildly). And the prices were outrageous. I found two things (shockingly) that I was interested in, but only ended up getting one thing. I found a brand-new Wilton mini cup cake pan for $7.17 - not a big discount off of retail, but enough that I picked it up. And the thing I left behind was a beautiful amber colored pressed glass turkey (that would've been perfect for my Thanksgiving table), but they wanted $14.00 for it!. No. I am not paying that much for a glass tchotchke that I'll have sitting out for a few weeks every year. I highly doubt I'll go back - I'm just spoiled on the wonders of Goodwill...

 

Which we did also pop into the way home, where I found a Sandra Boynton board book for $0.65. 

post #131 of 257
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Does your Goodwill separate the name brands onto boutique racks and charge more?  I was wrong with the prices that I posted, boutique pricing is  $11.99 for pants and 8.99 for shirts.  Mine does and it annoys me, but it does make it easier to find those brands. 

 

 

Yep, Goodwill near me has a 'boutique' rack of women's clothes, but it seems sort of random. I got a Michael Kors top for $6.99 on the boutique rack (regular shirts are $4.50). But, I often find lots of brand name items (Banana Republic, tons of Ann Taylor/LOFT) in the regular racks.

post #132 of 257
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Yep, Goodwill near me has a 'boutique' rack of women's clothes, but it seems sort of random. I got a Michael Kors top for $6.99 on the boutique rack (regular shirts are $4.50). But, I often find lots of brand name items (Banana Republic, tons of Ann Taylor/LOFT) in the regular racks.

It's very interesting isn't it? 

post #133 of 257

I stopped by Goodwill today and got 2 pairs of Gap pants and and button down for DH.  Both pants were the right color for 1/2 price blue items today!  

post #134 of 257
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Ha, I totally forgot to post my latest haul from last Thursday when we stopped on our way to grocery shopping. I found a brand-new with tags Peanut's "Great Pumpkin" long sleeved t-shirt for Little Man for $3, and I got about a dozen books for $5 to squirrel away for one of his Christmas gifts - a very rare Richard Scarry, some Dr. Seuss, some Sandra Boynton and the Beatrix Potter series. 

post #135 of 257

My latest scores (from a kids consignment sale on half-price day):

--girl's Gap dress $1--dark red with satin ribbons, perfect for Christmas

--girl's Gymboree top and pants set $2

--girl's Gap leggings $1.50--cream colored; will pair with the dress

 

I was pretty pleased. I usually shop Goodwill for DD's clothes, but these prices were even better. (Goodwill prices in my area can be high, especially on brand name clothing). My area has these kids consignment sales once or twice a year. People consign their 'like-new' brand name items and set their own prices. Sometimes I find nice items at good prices. Lately, though, I've seen really high prices and kind of a "meh" selection. Like, the sale organizers aren't supposed to accept any clothes with stains, holes, etc or anything other than name-brand items (no Target or Walmart brand clothes). Lately, I've seen lots that seem to have slipped in unnoticed or they've relaxed their standards. Often, I can find better pieces at Goodwill. But, I still like going for the thrill of the hunt. :)

 

I also sent my first bag into ThredUp...got $26 in return. Wondering if I should spend it there or cash out. I'll probably cash out and spend it at the thrift store. :)

post #136 of 257
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Popped into Goodwill today while running errands and found four children's books for Little Man - a Dr. Suess and Golden Book that I let him have today and two that I snuck past him for Christmas - another Dr. Suess and a Berenstein Bears Christmas story. 

post #137 of 257

Basically brand new Timbuk2 bag for $3 at a community garage sale. 

post #138 of 257

My city has many, many Goodwills. Each reflects the neighborhood it is in. The way cool hipster neighborhood Goodwill has great clothes and home goods, brand-name, vintage, like that, but very expensive, at least by thrift store standards. The conservative, upscale neighborhood one is expensive and classy. My po' folks neighborhood has cheaper stuff, but not the same quality or variety. I don't know if this is based on where the donations are received, or if they send all the "good stuff" to the upscale stores.

 

The Mormon church runs one of the best thrift stores around here. Best prices, generally good quality merchandise, always clean and well organi*ed.

post #139 of 257

I'll admit, I don't go to thrift stores as much as I should (but I'm an Ebay, Freecycle addict..) reading this thread + my recent buys makes me realize what I'm missing! 

 

 

Went to little teeny local kids consignment shop. It's in a wealthy area, and it's so teeny and crammed you can barely walk around, but if you dig you can find some really amazing things;

 

-Lilly Pulitzer corduroy skirt (hot pink with horses on one side, and the other side is tan with red horseshoes) my daughter rides, and is obsessed with horses

-Crewcuts button down "dress" shirt for girls, brown with a galloping horses on it 

-Handmade beautiful knit sweater 

-Ugg clogs for DD 

-Hatley rainboots for DS with robots on them

-Two Pony pals books 

-American Girl book "Girls and Their Horses"

-Usborne Spooky Stencils for DS

 

 

I almost cried, all that stuff and I think I paid $75...which I know seems like a lot, but thinking that alone the Uggs cost that much made me happy. I wasn't expecting all the name brands nor was I expecting all the HORSE STUFF! It made my DD's day to come home to new books and the beautiful horse clothing, which she literally hugged when she got it. I'm def going to be heading back to that one sans my DS (who's three, and was very patient)...outside the shop they had a ton of costumes, some were less than $5 and would be great for Christmas/the dress up bin. 

post #140 of 257

Yesterday I had to go in to work for a few hours.  Afterward I decided to go home a different way so that I could pass by a different Goodwill.  There is also a Savers nearby but I spent so much time in Goodwill and I scored, so I didn't bother with Savers.  I started in the women's section, I always end up with  a heap of stuff to try on!   I found 2 pairs of dress work pants in the boutique section but, they were both half price.  I found 2 cardigans 1 dark green silk the other NWT brown, from the Limited. Then I found a violet wrap sweater and an aqua sweater, 2 tees a scarf.  I found one top for my older daughter.  And I totally scored for my younger daughter!  I found 4 pairs of brand new abrocrombie skinny jeans in her size for $3.99 each!  They will be going under the tree for Christmas!  No luck whatsoever in the men's department.  But on Friday I hit a different, tiny thrift shop where I got him 3 pairs of jeans and I got myself 1 pair of black banana dress pants.  I have several pants now to hem!  I was hoping to get to it today but I have so much to do I don't know if it will happen!

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