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post #201 of 253

Oh, and a thrifting story:

 

I inadvertently offended an acquaintance a while back when I mentioned thrifting. We were talking about how our kids outgrow clothes and shoes so quickly and how often the quality of new clothes at Target, tween-girl-mall-stores, etc. is poor, especially for the price. I mentioned how I get a lot of quality basics for my DD at thrift stores--that I can get brand name clothes for a bargain and I know they will hold up since often they've already been worn and laundered before... She mentioned that she used to donate to thrift stores,  but stopped because she "got pissed of"' when she realized her items weren't going to "people who need them". Like me, apparently. :/

 

I was kind of surprised at her comment and didn't really respond....I mean, who is to say who really 'needs' to shop at thrift stores...I think there are many different reasons people shop at Goodwill, charity shops, and yard sales, all of which are valid. Any thoughts?

post #202 of 253

I think its a common misconception that thrift stores are meant for lower income or 'needy' people. Generally thrift stores use the income from their sales to provide programing for the community such as job training.
If she wants to donate directly to people in need places like crisis nurseries and state agencies that place foster children would be better options.

post #203 of 253
Maybe she was talking about how some thrift shops are for profit and sales dont go back to the community and needy? Thats a reason Im more selective of where I donate. Donating is one of the ways I can be generous, and I very rarely resell anything so I donate a lot. I want things to go where hopefully they do the most good so I donate to a private mission one town over, and another communityoutreach fb page.
post #204 of 253

Can't believe I haven't been in on this thread yet!!

 

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Originally Posted by beachbaby View Post

 

 

I was kind of surprised at her comment and didn't really respond....I mean, who is to say who really 'needs' to shop at thrift stores...I think there are many different reasons people shop at Goodwill, charity shops, and yard sales, all of which are valid. Any thoughts?

 

My opinion is that all reasons are valid - some people cannot afford anything else, some people enjoy the hunt, some people buy things and resell as a business, some people buy stuff to craft with, others buy gifts, antiques, etc. I think it's all fine because it's all reusing something existing and saving it from the landfill for a while longer instead of having to create something new and use extra resources. For me personally, we are in a pretty decent financial position, but would not be able to afford other things we value (travel, music lessons, etc.) if I bought all of our clothes and some other items new, so I thrift to stretch the budget. I usually get better quality stuff than I would be able to afford new. For me, the issue of whether the store supports the local community or not isn't really a major issue. We donate to other agencies that help locally, and when it comes down to it, providing a cheap option to buy needed things is a service, too.

 

I haven't been thrifting much lately, but when a friend has lunch with me at our favorite place, we always stop by the local thrift shop next door. Last time a week ago, I got DD1 a hand-crocheted afghan to replace one that I had previously thrifted for her that lost its softness, a brand new journal and stickers for DD2, and two new photo albums. One of them I already filled with vacation photos!

 

I am looking forward to getting a chunk of the girls' summer wardrobe from thrift shops. T-shirts mainly.

post #205 of 253
Last week I got a pair Hanna Andersson red sweatpants, with the tags still on for $2! One of my favorite thrifts of all times is a Knit Pro wood interchangeable deluxe knitting kit, all brand new. It costs about $85 online and I got it for $10! smile.gif
post #206 of 253

Last week, I got a brand new round deep dish non glazed stoneware made by Pampered Chef in original box, with the nylon scraper and information booklet for a grand total of $4. :)  

post #207 of 253
Today I got DH an almost new pair of cushy sandals for 2$ at our local hospice attic. When we went to good will there was a sign on the door that said they just raised prices, anyone else have this happen in their area?
post #208 of 253
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Originally Posted by Siuann View Post
. When we went to good will there was a sign on the door that said they just raised prices, anyone else have this happen in their area?

I went to a Goodwill last Tuesday and didn't see a sign.  But I noticed the clothes were sorted by size now. I could have missed higher prices as I was really excited about the sorting!!

post #209 of 253
Thanks for the replies!

 

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Originally Posted by quirkylayne View Post
 

I think its a common misconception that thrift stores are meant for lower income or 'needy' people. Generally thrift stores use the income from their sales to provide programing for the community such as job training.
If she wants to donate directly to people in need places like crisis nurseries and state agencies that place foster children would be better options.

Yeah, I think it's a common thought, too...When I first started thrifting, my DH thought it was as if I was taking the opportunity to buy low cost, needed items from people who 'really' need them.

 

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Originally Posted by happyhats View Post

Maybe she was talking about how some thrift shops are for profit and sales dont go back to the community and needy? Thats a reason Im more selective of where I donate. Donating is one of the ways I can be generous, and I very rarely resell anything so I donate a lot. I want things to go where hopefully they do the most good so I donate to a private mission one town over, and another communityoutreach fb page.

The store she specifically mentioned was hospital charity store, so the profits do go back to the local community, so I don't know. :/

 

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Originally Posted by Ragana View Post
 

 

My opinion is that all reasons are valid - some people cannot afford anything else, some people enjoy the hunt, some people buy things and resell as a business, some people buy stuff to craft with, others buy gifts, antiques, etc. I think it's all fine because it's all reusing something existing and saving it from the landfill for a while longer instead of having to create something new and use extra resources. For me personally, we are in a pretty decent financial position, but would not be able to afford other things we value (travel, music lessons, etc.) if I bought all of our clothes and some other items new, so I thrift to stretch the budget. I usually get better quality stuff than I would be able to afford new. For me, the issue of whether the store supports the local community or not isn't really a major issue. We donate to other agencies that help locally, and when it comes down to it, providing a cheap option to buy needed things is a service, too.

 

I haven't been thrifting much lately, but when a friend has lunch with me at our favorite place, we always stop by the local thrift shop next door. Last time a week ago, I got DD1 a hand-crocheted afghan to replace one that I had previously thrifted for her that lost its softness, a brand new journal and stickers for DD2, and two new photo albums. One of them I already filled with vacation photos!

 

I am looking forward to getting a chunk of the girls' summer wardrobe from thrift shops. T-shirts mainly.

Yeah, I thrift partly to save $, partly for the thrill of the hunt, and partly out of environmental concerns. I think it's an outdated mentality to think thrift shops are only for the 'needy'. And the shops themselves are advertising, marketing, and merchandising like 'real' stores, trying to draw in customers.

post #210 of 253
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Originally Posted by Siuann View Post

Today I got DH an almost new pair of cushy sandals for 2$ at our local hospice attic. When we went to good will there was a sign on the door that said they just raised prices, anyone else have this happen in their area?


Didn't see a sign about prices at my Goodwill, but did notice kids clothes were sorted by size, too! Didn't check adult clothing, though.

post #211 of 253

Our Goodwills have raised prices too - a bit too much IMO. Adult clothing {even t-shirts} now starts at $4.99. Kids thankfully is still .99 for 4t & under, $1.99 for above that.

 

They also changed their sales too. They used to do $1 off color of the day some days of the week & $2 off others. Now it's 50% off color of the week every day.

 

Still no sorting by size - I wish!

 

Honestly I rarely shop goodwill & buy much. I'd rather go to the thrifts in town with .99 sale days.

post #212 of 253
I shop at 2 different Goodwills...98% of mine and my 6 year olds clothing comes from there because of the lowcost...I was in there the other night looking for some knock off Ugg like boots for L and I noticed that a lot of their prices had risen..Most jeans and shirts were 1.99 before now they are 3.99..Some of it even went as high as 4.99...Mine is also kind of revamping the way the store looks...Like Putting their childrens section off to one side and "decorating" it..Lots of new signs so you don't have to dig so much...Much more organized..

Didn't find her any boots but I did find...

A strainer...it looked brandnew and I got it for 75 cents...Really needed it too..I get tiered of watching my gluten free pasta fall in the sink when I drain...

I got L a cute summer outfit for 2.99..I was surprised to find the shorts and top together..Usually they seperate so they can charge seperate..

Toy Story 1 2 and 3 on VHS for 1$ each...We don't have cable or even netflix ect...we just watch videos so L was super happy to get these..she had never seen them smile.gif
post #213 of 253

Stopped at the thrift store today. Mostly I got some clothes I needed - corduroy jacket, nice top, scarf, shirt, exercise pants, a t-shirt for DD1. A sleepover bag for DD2. A couple of mugs. The score was camping stuff: two enameled bowls and two enameled iron frying pans (old Descoware made in Belgium). The frying pans go for something like $20 each on eBay, and I got two for about $10. Not super cheap, but a nice deal.

post #214 of 253
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Originally Posted by wish View Post

Last week I got a pair Hanna Andersson red sweatpants, with the tags still on for $2! One of my favorite thrifts of all times is a Knit Pro wood interchangeable deluxe knitting kit, all brand new. It costs about $85 online and I got it for $10! smile.gif


I am jealous! I am watching for knitting supplies just like that. Great score!

post #215 of 253

OK- this is making me want to go thrifting.... ugh... i DO NOT need to be shopping at all...

post #216 of 253

Zebra, I know, right? I have gone I think three times since October (when I went for Halloween costume stuff). I limit myself to when I "need" (I guess that word can be debated) something - in this case it was the clothes I mentioned above, because I know I will find something else I like or want to get for my kids. Hence my new frying pans...

post #217 of 253
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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post
 

Our Goodwills have raised prices too - a bit too much IMO. Adult clothing {even t-shirts} now starts at $4.99. Kids thankfully is still .99 for 4t & under, $1.99 for above that.

 

 

 

 

The places around here have, too. There are still 50% off and 25% off tags, but of course, that will be the stuff not quite in season or whatever.

post #218 of 253
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Originally Posted by zebra15 View Post
 

OK- this is making me want to go thrifting.... ugh... i DO NOT need to be shopping at all...

My work schedule has kept me horribly busy since the holidays, and we haven't been on our normal local thrift store circuit at all. Yesterday I found myself across the street from one of my favorites, and the lady commented that she hadn't seen us for a while. I guess that's an indication of how often we were going before!

 

Found a hotsling for $3 which may or may not work for me - while I'm within the height/weight range for that size, I'm at the upper end of both, so a size bigger would probably be better, but I've read that you want them a bit on the snug side with small babies anyways. So I suppose we'll see in a few months! I think someone local must be a pouch addict - this is the 5th pouch sling I've found there (and the first that might reasonably fit me).

post #219 of 253
Thread Starter 

Stopped into Goodwill to drop off two boxes and a bag, and ended up finding a few things to bring home - at least it was less items than I donated!

 

Wooden Melissa & Doug puzzle $1,

Little People puzzle $1

2 pairs of brand new in packaging Mossimo boxer briefs $1 each

2 brand new packages of ornament hooks $1

post #220 of 253
Thread Starter 

Passed by a different Goodwill today on the way home from a train show and hit the jackpot on books - $5 and I got six Dr. Suess and two Thomas books - all in brand new condition. 

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