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post #161 of 256
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I have known some people IRL that use thrifting as a way to enable them to be cheap hoarders, and I think that is sad.

 

Yeah, that is so true. If you can't walk through your house or all of your closets literally explode when you open them, you're probably not shopping for the right reasons. I do believe in reasonable stock up shopping and buying off season - I've just gotten to this point where I refuse to buy anything (okay, except stuff like underwear of course) at retail prices. For example, I just hit up the 90% off Halloween clearance at Target and got some things for next year at pennies on the dollar, and some food items that were way discounted just because they had Halloween packaging. Way better to buy after the holiday or second hand and store it for a little while than pay full price for it when you find you need it. If that makes sense. 

post #162 of 256
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Oh, and I should say we donated four boxes of stuff (mostly clothes and toys that Little Man has outgrown) to Goodwill today, and didn't buy a single thing while we were there! 

post #163 of 256

So I try to buy most of our clothing used. Not just because it is thrifty and better for the planet but because I can see if the clothes will stand the test of time. So I like wearing long sleeve t-shirts as my uniform of the day. They are sometimes hard to used so I picked up one at a great price new. I wore it twice, went to take it off and the entire sleeve ripped off. 

post #164 of 256
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I love thrift stores. However I only buy what I truly need or it defeats the savings. Do you buy because its a good deal or because you truly need it?

As a PP mentioned, it's hard to define "need". I actually never used to be into thrift stores or so much garage sales.  But now I have 2 kids, another on the way, and it's kind of fun to go to these places.  I've bought a lot of things we needed: clothes for the kids, maternity clothes for me, and tons of books & games.  We homeschool, so I like having a variety of games to play with the kids.  I feel that playing Monopoly with my son teaches him tons more math than making him sit down and do boring workbooks.  And I like variety.  Now my dh thinks I buy too much stuff, but he's not home with the kids all day reading the same Dora the Explorer book.  I need variety of books for my own sanity, and I really never know what the kids will be into. 

post #165 of 256
Schooling supplies are a need. Imagine buying them new.
post #166 of 256

I just found a pair of snow pants for DS2 for 99 cents at the Salvation Army store!  I was so stoked.  It's very good quality and fits him perfectly.  I always buy new winter coats for the kids but refuse to pay for new snow pants, as they don't get used for more than a few days per season.   This place doesn't get much snow and we don't ski.  Now we're all set for winter (DS1's snow pants still fit him, also a thrift store find last year.).

post #167 of 256
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Originally Posted by mum4boys View Post

So I try to buy most of our clothing used. Not just because it is thrifty and better for the planet but because I can see if the clothes will stand the test of time. So I like wearing long sleeve t-shirts as my uniform of the day. They are sometimes hard to used so I picked up one at a great price new. I wore it twice, went to take it off and the entire sleeve ripped off. 
Yes, that is one of the things I like. I am so picky about buying something new and how it fits. At least at SA I know its been washed and dryer dried, pretty much eliminating any chance that it still can shrink or become misshapen.
post #168 of 256

Yesterday a local thrift did half off all kids clothes. Scored a like new Hanna Andersson size 120 Sweater dress for dd for $2! After a bit of digging, I think it's the Fair Isle or Highland line :)

 

Gotta try it on dd - if it doesn't fit then it'll go on ebay!

post #169 of 256
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Yesterday a local thrift did half off all kids clothes. Scored a like new Hanna Andersson size 120 Sweater dress for dd for $2! After a bit of digging, I think it's the Fair Isle or Highland line :)

 

Gotta try it on dd - if it doesn't fit then it'll go on ebay!

 

I am so jealous! Those clothes are so wonderful, and so pricey! What a find! 

post #170 of 256

I had to join Mothering and not just stalk after finding this thread!!  I work at  thrift store which gives me so many opportunities to get awesome deals.  My most recent amazing purchase was a 23" flat screen computer monitor that has no issues other than being awesome...and I spent $12.50.  One of my favorite purchases was my hall tree that I spent $35 on.  I got the seat recovered and I love it!  Once I start having kids I will pass down my love of thrift to them.  I can't stand going to a regular store and I have decided that this year I am getting all second hand christmas gifts for my family.  

One thing I wanted to ask everyone was--does it matter to you where the money goes?  For example I work at a St. Vinny's and all of the money brought in from the stores in my county stay in my county.  (There are 6 stores in my county)  Our stores support low/no income individuals/families by giving out clothing vouchers twice a year ($25/adult and $15/child) to anyone who asks and furniture vouchers once every 5 years after doing a home study to find out what the person needs. We also offer rental assistance, just opened a pharmacy, and there is a huge food pantry.


Since I started working at St. Vinny's I can't bring myself to shop at Savers or Goodwill because they don't give back the community and I would rather know that my money is going right back into the community.  Savers donates money to a local non-profit charity but they are not a non-profit themselves and they never say how much they donate.  Goodwill has district operating officers making 500,000k plus but then they pay their disabled employees per piece which sometimes means less than $1/hour.

 

post #171 of 256
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Originally Posted by aliemay View Post
For example I work at a St. Vinny's and all of the money brought in from the stores in my county stay in my county.  (There are 6 stores in my county)  Our stores support low/no income individuals/families by giving out clothing vouchers twice a year ($25/adult and $15/child) to anyone who asks and furniture vouchers once every 5 years after doing a home study to find out what the person needs. We also offer rental assistance, just opened a pharmacy, and there is a huge food pantry.


Since I started working at St. Vinny's I can't bring myself to shop at Savers or Goodwill because they don't give back the community and I would rather know that my money is going right back into the community.  Savers donates money to a local non-profit charity but they are not a non-profit themselves and they never say how much they donate.  Goodwill has district operating officers making 500,000k plus but then they pay their disabled employees per piece which sometimes means less than $1/hour.

 

I didn't know that about Goodwill. I've heard some stories about Salvation Army that were disturbing to me. Honestly, I think my favorite second hand shop is a total for-profit operation. I lived near a St. Vincents a while back but I don't think we have one here. We do have some *very* local shops operated by churches and etc. and I think the profits for those go directly to the community. Great topic! And, welcome to MDC!! 

post #172 of 256
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Since I started working at St. Vinny's I can't bring myself to shop at Savers or Goodwill because they don't give back the community and I would rather know that my money is going right back into the community.  Savers donates money to a local non-profit charity but they are not a non-profit themselves and they never say how much they donate.  Goodwill has district operating officers making 500,000k plus but then they pay their disabled employees per piece which sometimes means less than $1/hour.

 

My town doesn't have any of the big chain thrift stores. Most are local or semi-local charities that I'm overall willing to support, and a few are small family businesses (which we don't tend to go to more than occasionally, as they're generally more expensive and tend to have more of an antique/collectibles focus).

 

When we're elsewhere - visiting as a one-off thing it isn't really a consideration, but it does tend to influence which ones we return to on a regular basis. I wouldn't say I avoid Salvation Army entirely, but it definitely isn't one I search out.

post #173 of 256
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Originally Posted by aliemay View Post
 

I had to join Mothering and not just stalk after finding this thread!!  I work at  thrift store which gives me so many opportunities to get awesome deals.  My most recent amazing purchase was a 23" flat screen computer monitor that has no issues other than being awesome...and I spent $12.50.  One of my favorite purchases was my hall tree that I spent $35 on.  I got the seat recovered and I love it!  Once I start having kids I will pass down my love of thrift to them.  I can't stand going to a regular store and I have decided that this year I am getting all second hand christmas gifts for my family.  

One thing I wanted to ask everyone was--does it matter to you where the money goes?  For example I work at a St. Vinny's and all of the money brought in from the stores in my county stay in my county.  (There are 6 stores in my county)  Our stores support low/no income individuals/families by giving out clothing vouchers twice a year ($25/adult and $15/child) to anyone who asks and furniture vouchers once every 5 years after doing a home study to find out what the person needs. We also offer rental assistance, just opened a pharmacy, and there is a huge food pantry.


Since I started working at St. Vinny's I can't bring myself to shop at Savers or Goodwill because they don't give back the community and I would rather know that my money is going right back into the community.  Savers donates money to a local non-profit charity but they are not a non-profit themselves and they never say how much they donate.  Goodwill has district operating officers making 500,000k plus but then they pay their disabled employees per piece which sometimes means less than $1/hour.

 

 

 

I go where it's cheap, be it a small local thrift or the big salvation army.

 

BUT I don't donate to Salvation Army or Goodwill. Donations I give to small local places that helped us when we needed it.

post #174 of 256

What do you mean Goodwill does not give back to the community? The reason why they have thrift shops is to support their job training programs. They have an awesome job training program at that. Savers/Value Village even though it is a for profit company, the reason why you get a tax donation when you donate to them because they support non profits per their website: Our longstanding success hinges on solid working relationships with 140 nonprofit partners across the US, Canada, and Australia. Every time you donate reusable clothing and household items either to them or directly to us at one of our stores via a Community Donation Center, we pay them. Over the past 10 years, we’ve paid more than $1.5 billion! That’s pure sustainable funding that supports their programs and services in your communities and beyond.

I like donating to Value Village because I can support a couple of non profit charities that are quite small and do not have the means to have their thrift store etc. 

post #175 of 256

I'm sorry, I should have been more specific.  Goodwill and Savers don't give back to the community where they are located the same way some thrifts stores do. I gave some examples of how the thrift store I work at contributes to its local community and all of the money made at the stores stays in the same county it is located.  To me that is a big deal.  

 

But my point with the question was really to find out how others felt about it.  Maybe it would be better for a different thread.  I didn't really mean to derail the thread--I love reading about the deals people get!! 

 

My deal of the day-

A brand new in the box solar light garden stake set (10 of them!!) from HGTV.  I looked them up online and they are $79.95 from HSN.com.  I paid $3.  Perfect Christmas present for my mom!

post #176 of 256

Today me and the little had gone into town to clean out my car and use the local vacumn...(it needed it bad) and L(6) asked if we could stop at the Treasure Store(Good Will)...I only had $11 to my name but I though what the heck...So we did....Glad I did :joy

 

I got L a brand new pair of Sonoma Jeans(adj waist yay!!) with hearts on the pockets for $2...They are cute, she loves them and she needs them so badly....all of her 4's are getting short in the ankles....

 

I got L a good sized brown riding horse for her Barbies...This little girl LOVES horses...she saw it and wanted it so bad...I flipped it over and saw 50 cents on it and about cried....Made her day <3

 

I also was able to find her this big clunky cool calculater for small children for a $1...Will come in great for her working on math...

 

Was glad I stopped...I can't take her to ToysRus  like all the other kids but you just never know what you will find at the Treasure Store..... :)

post #177 of 256
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Today me and the little had gone into town to clean out my car and use the local vacumn...(it needed it bad) and L(6) asked if we could stop at the Treasure Store(Good Will)...I only had $11 to my name but I though what the heck...So we did....Glad I did :joy

 

I got L a brand new pair of Sonoma Jeans(adj waist yay!!) with hearts on the pockets for $2...They are cute, she loves them and she needs them so badly....all of her 4's are getting short in the ankles....

 

I got L a good sized brown riding horse for her Barbies...This little girl LOVES horses...she saw it and wanted it so bad...I flipped it over and saw 50 cents on it and about cried....Made her day <3

 

I also was able to find her this big clunky cool calculater for small children for a $1...Will come in great for her working on math...

 

Was glad I stopped...I can't take her to ToysRus  like all the other kids but you just never know what you will find at the Treasure Store..... :)

 

I'm so glad for you! That's the best thing I've read all day. Isn't it amazing what just $3.50 can do? 

post #178 of 256

That is awesome Mylie. Your kids are not really missing out on much at all going to get toys and Toys R Us. They will learn value for their money. 90% of my daughter's most beloved toys came from a thrift store. 

post #179 of 256
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After a long hiatus, I finally popped into a Goodwill today. I was looking for some new pants for Little Man, since he's growing like a weed. I didn't find any, but I did pick up a few other things - 

 

- 3 Dr. Suess books $1.80.

- Vintage Churchill Blue Willow (my china pattern) platter $2.00 (major score!).

- Brand new Threshhold from Target coffee mug with my husband's initial on it $1 (he's always complaining that he doesn't have his "own" mug).

 

And I'm kicking myself, because the new Savers close to us is finally open, and I didn't even think of it today while I had the car!

 

ETA - Almost forgot - I also got a package of 7 window clings for just $0.50 - 5 of them are fall leaves, one is Thanksgiving stuff and one is Halloween teddy bears (will probably just re-donate that one since it's not my taste). They would've cost close to $10 new!


Edited by kitchensqueen - 11/23/13 at 6:51pm
post #180 of 256
Stopped in to my favorite ARC today.

Timbuktu small messenger bag - $1.50
Brand New Ralph Lauren Sweater - $6.00
Brand new sleep sack $3.00
Cashmere scarf $2.00
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