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post #1 of 22
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with "good finds" shopping GOODWILL stores in wealthier areas?? yay or nay?

I was JW...
post #2 of 22
Good googly woogly, yes! High end catalog clothes are so nice to find. And you also get better "hobby" clothes. I drove to a wealthy area Goodwill to find my daughter horsebackriding pants and boots and got them for a song. They are so-o expensive, break the bank expensive, new!
post #3 of 22
I've had much better luck at Goodwill and salvation army thriftstores, and any thrift store really, in wealthier areas. Also thrift stores in bigger cities seem to have better stuff too, but mainly because the average income is higher, I think.
post #4 of 22
I haven't tried other Goodwills, but in our area every donation goes to the central location and is distributed to the stores from there. So I would think they would all get approximately the same stuff? Or am I nuts?
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by rebeccalizzie
I haven't tried other Goodwills, but in our area every donation goes to the central location and is distributed to the stores from there. So I would think they would all get approximately the same stuff? Or am I nuts?
that's the way the big chain thrift stores do it here too(like GW or the SA). At the smaller stores, however, I've definitely had better luck in "better" neighborhoods.
post #6 of 22
Even with the central distrabution, stores in more well to do areas don't get as picked over as fast. They have less people near them who need to shop there.
post #7 of 22
The stores here are better in the more wealthy areas as well. They say that it goes to the central location but they don't actually send it there. We have one that is by the college campus and they always get in the name brand stuff and make it super cheap!
post #8 of 22
The larger stores tend to have a bigger selection & better chances of finding what you're looking for. Haven't ventured out of town yet but it's on my to do list!
post #9 of 22
I've never lived in a city that had good neighborhood vs. bad neighborhood thrift store, but I do like bigger stores. With a dd that is super picky with cothes plus me that an odd size (petite) a larger selection ups our odds of finding something we like.
post #10 of 22
My mother shops in some wealthier areas for me and she finds great stuff. She's also done really well at rummage sales in wealthy areas.
post #11 of 22
What I find is that the best thrifts are where the colleges are and surrounding areas where the students live.
post #12 of 22
I wish I could find good stuff at our Goodwills. I live in a large city and we have more than one. I figured that I could find some good stuff at the one near the college campus, but no luck. I go about once every month and can't find anything. Is there a best day to go, I wonder? They only have hideous stuff that looks like it was bought in the 70's and I looked at the baby clothes for dd, and most of them have yucky stains on them or holes. I wonder why they accept stuff like that. Oh well.
post #13 of 22
There is this goodwill about 55 miles from here, but I make a special trip once in a while. They have a sale once a month where all the clothes are $1, kids clothes are even cheaper. I got some brand new (tags still on) CK jeans for $1 and a bunch of cute shirts. Other times they will have a 'fill the big paper grocery sack for $8, I can usually fit 6 or 7 pairs of jeans and 4 or 5 shirts in there. They also get awesome furniture. My aunt got a almost brand new Lazy Boy for $15, it still had the plastic wrap on the foot rest!

Yeah, it's in a 'ritzy' part of town. They always have name brand stuff that barely looks worn. They also have awesome Vintage stuff once in a while. I haven't been in a long time...might have to make a trip sometime.
post #14 of 22
It is worth it to shop in better areas. I don't if it's because, they get the good stuff or it is just not so picked over.
post #15 of 22
i also have found much better deals, especially with clothing in "better" neighborhoods. although everyone else knows it too so it's getting harder to find really good deals.

first post! w00t!
post #16 of 22
I noticed that some of the stuff I give ends up across town at another GW. All of the GW around hear price the clothing the same. It is everything else it is up to the people working in the back to price the items. I haven't noticed any difference in the clothing though. Seems like they do a pretty good job of distributing it all evenly around town.
post #17 of 22
What I have noticed is more suits for men and the nicer clothes for women, but not so much in my size anyway. I look for nice towels, bedding and blankets and do well in a more wealthy area.

However, in a regular town I found a nearly brand new pair of Birkenstocks for $1.49 and I'm happy as a clam.
post #18 of 22
When I lived in a big city, I found lots of great stuff. Sometimes I found the best stuff in the poorer areas. Now, the place where i live has the worst, overpriced Goodwills. I guess it just depends on the area.
post #19 of 22
I think the reason why 'wealthier' areas are better is because of the picked-over issue. We do praticularly well at a specific store in our area that's actually in a very lower middle class neighborhood but is hidden behind a grocery store that went out of business, so no one ever remembers that it's there. We get fantastic finds there every time we're in because they just keep getting new stuff and nothing ever goes out the door! We can even find nice work clothes for DH, who at 6'5 and 190lbs is a tough fit anywhere we go.
post #20 of 22
I live in a very upper middle class area (I don't know how we got here!) and I definitely see a difference in the goods in the wealthier areas of town. In fact a girlfriend and I go several times a year and hit all the good one, SCORE CITY! I also found that if you're near a college or military base where there's people who move alot and don't want to drag stuff with them...you can find really good deals. My entire house is basically eclectic Goodwill finds, but I love it. I got a very highend sofa that had the packing tag still attached for a song (< $90). I have seen stuff that I know came from Restoration hardware, Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn that must have been damaged but was new and was for sale in GW.
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