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disneysteve
04-15-2006, 01:11 PM
DW, DD and I went to Goodwill and a large local thrift shop today. Here's what we got:

DD: 2 pairs of shorts, 2 pairs of jeans, 1 casual dress shirt, 1 hat (Roots Team USA)

DW: 1 pair of jeans, 1 blouse, 1 skirt

Me: 3 pairs of shorts

General: One glass Hanukkah candy dish

Most clothing items were name brand/designer labels.

Grand total: $41.90 for 13 items. Why do we ever go to the mall? ;)

imsayin
04-15-2006, 01:50 PM
Why do we ever go to the mall?

disneysteve I'll be interested to see if you can keep your DD away from the mall in a few years. For years, I bought DD12 the cheapy shoes & clothes, knowing that one day she would want the more expensive items. She still doesn't get a ton spent on clothes, but once she got into Jr. High, the wants increased dramatically. Luckily, she still enjoys & receives hand-me-downs.

Maybe you'll be lucky & never run into the issue. My SIL was never into clothes and still shops at thrift shops.

TNKBELL
04-15-2006, 01:52 PM
I love the thrift shops too!! It's a great place to find shoes for our family. I love to look through the books especially for the kids, you can't beat 39 cents!! Our thrift stores often have 50% off sales and discount punch cards for an additional discount. For us, garage sale season is approaching...yippee!! Thanks for posting.

TallyLassie
04-15-2006, 01:54 PM
I went to the Salvation Army Thrift Store a few weeks ago, and bought more than I donated. I found two old school desk, kind of beat up (not antique) for $7 a piece. They are great for homework.

disneysteve
04-15-2006, 02:37 PM
For us, garage sale season is approaching...yippee!!
Same here. Actually, we stopped at one yard sale this morning also but didn't get anything there.
I went to the Salvation Army Thrift Store a few weeks ago, and bought more than I donated.
We did bring a bag full of clothes to donate to Goodwill today, also.

anewvance
04-15-2006, 02:41 PM
I went to the Goodwill outlet center today to look for inventory for ebay. I did fantastic, all for $8.50 I got:

Lilly Pulitzer purse (got decide if I want it for me)
Vera Bradley duffle bag
St John dress (sells VERY well on ebay)
Pooh & friends shirt for me!!!
Smocked Vive La Fete bishop dress
Laundry pants
Ralph Lauren hawaiian shirt
Nothing Matches drawstring pants (might keep for me)
Quacker Factory short sleeved sweater
Storybook Knits tank sweater
a few other things that I can't remember.....

I only made it through half the store and the manager came over to say they were closing the store for a half hour (didn't say why) so I paid for the stuff I had but couldn't come back or wait because I had alot of other things to do.

summerrluvv
04-15-2006, 02:45 PM
Our Goodwill stinks. Their prices are really high for everything. Someone could spend a buck more and get something brand new from Walmart. We do have one thrift store in town that I find a lot of toys/books at. DS loves the FP castle/playset stuff and I'm always finding those there for .99 to 1.99.

babiesX2
04-15-2006, 02:46 PM
I went to the Salvation Army Thrift Store a few weeks ago, and bought more than I donated. I found two old school desk, kind of beat up (not antique) for $7 a piece. They are great for homework.

I bought DD13 an old school desk when she was 5. I found it at a yard sale for a few bucks. One of the legs had broken and was shorter than the others. I took the desk home and my dad sawed off the other 3 legs to match the length! I paid $1 for a can of pink spray paint. She passed it on to the twins a few weeks ago because I found her a bigger one at Goodwill for $10. I paid $1 for a can of spray paint and now it is red and matches her room! The twins aren't big enough for the old one yet so I put it down in the basement.

This thread has aggravated my thrift store itch. I didn't go this morning because I was able to fight the urge. One of the twins has been standing on a toy looking out the window so she is telling me she wants to go! :car:

disneysteve
04-15-2006, 02:47 PM
disneysteve I'll be interested to see if you can keep your DD away from the mall in a few years.
Time will tell. Actually, when she was younger, DW would buy stuff for her at the thrift shop and just bring it home. Then we went through a phase where she didn't want stuff that DW picked out but also didn't want to comb through the racks at the thrift shops herself. In the past year, she's gotten to the point where she really appreciates the advantages of going to the thrift shop - great selection, great prices, jeans already broken in, etc. Now she actually asks to go there. Hopefully, that will last. I think the label recognition is important. She loves going to Limited Too but knows it is generally too expensive and we rarely buy anthing there unless its on clearance. But today she got a nice pair of Limited Too shorts for $1.50. And a pair of Jordache jeans for $3.99. And a Roots Team USA Olympic beret hat for $2.00. She understands that she never would have gotten any of those things for regular price.

Somehow I have a feeling that she will be taking her friends to the thrift shops in a few years. One can only hope :)

btass
04-15-2006, 03:04 PM
Ok, it is 3:15 here, I just got the ich to go shopping at the thrift store from this thread! :cool1:

I wonder if I have time to go before I have to be at my inflaws at 6:30!

fiveforall
04-15-2006, 03:20 PM
I just got back about an hour ago! I bought:
Old Navy pants
Old Navy capris(w/tags)
Venezia pants(w/tags)
Gap khakis
Gap blue pants
Talbots khakis
two pair Crossroads pants
Liz Claiborne dress(w/tags)

All for me and only $23! :cool1:

englishteacha
04-15-2006, 03:37 PM
I love thrift shopping! A lot of my clothes, and some of hubby's, come from thrift shops and rummage sales. It's sometimes hard to find our sizes, though. My mom's church has a huge yard sale on Friday that I can't wait to go to! I grew up with second hand everything (I'm the youngest of 8 kids) and I hate to pay full price for anything! I convinced DH several years ago that "thrifty is sexy." :) I'm also big on clearance sales. Most of my work clothes were bought off season for a bargain price. This year is the first time ever that I bought a "brand name" coat new-I got a beautiful LL Bean ski parka on clearance for $40-Originally $100. Who cares if it's last season's coat?? I'm always glad to hear of thrift shop finds! I'm keeping my eyes open for Disney paraphenalia for our upcoming trip...

sweet maxine
04-15-2006, 03:49 PM
Well, I guess there's hope for us. My DD (high school senior) loves going thrift store shopping! She never fails to come home with some great finds, and her friends are all jealous of what she gets for a little bit of nothing. They're always asking her to take them thrift store shopping, but I'm not sure they'd really go. It's a status symbol around here of paying retail, and I have no desire to even attempt to keep up with that. As my DH always says..."Never have more money than you have sense!". Amen!


I hope my thrift store shopping ways have rubbed off enough on my DD so that when she's on her own she'll be able to keep doing the same thing and dressing well, all for a fraction of the price. I hope I've raised her to appreciate the value of a dollar!

disneysteve
04-15-2006, 03:56 PM
I just got back about an hour ago! I bought:
Old Navy capris(w/tags)
Venezia pants(w/tags)
Liz Claiborne dress(w/tags)
I forgot to mention that the Roots hat and the dress shirt DD got had the tags. The shirt was marked $29.99! The hat had the price removed but I'm sure those sold for at least $15. So just those 2 items new would have been more than we spent for everything we got.

grlpwrd
04-15-2006, 04:13 PM
My almost 15yo and 11yo love going to the mall only to eat and maybe get something at Claire's. We find a lot of Gap, Old Navy, Rue, Forever 21, and stuff like that at our thrift stores, but then again you need to know where to look. They help me look for items to resell, too.

They know they will get more for their money if they go to thrift stores. :)

grlpwrd
04-15-2006, 04:21 PM
I went to the Goodwill outlet center today to look for inventory for ebay. I did fantastic, all for $8.50 I got:

Lilly Pulitzer purse (got decide if I want it for me)
Vera Bradley duffle bag
St John dress (sells VERY well on ebay)
Pooh & friends shirt for me!!!
Smocked Vive La Fete bishop dress
Laundry pants
Ralph Lauren hawaiian shirt
Nothing Matches drawstring pants (might keep for me)
Quacker Factory short sleeved sweater
Storybook Knits tank sweater
a few other things that I can't remember.....

I only made it through half the store and the manager came over to say they were closing the store for a half hour (didn't say why) so I paid for the stuff I had but couldn't come back or wait because I had alot of other things to do.

I'm curious, Melissa...is this how you build up your inventory? For me I am branching off into selling for others locally.

No wonder you're doing well ebaying! :wizard:

frannn
04-15-2006, 04:29 PM
I got a few pairs of jeans for DD3 for 4. each, a few Claire's lipglosses (to throw in the Easter baskets) for 1. each, a Nemo flannel sheet set for 5., Pooh bath towel 5., two travel kits (with travel size toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, toothbrush, eyemask, all in a plastic zippered case) for 2. each, and 4 large packs of Equal gum for .25 each. All of this was new.
I then went to the $1 store, and found Lipton diet iced tea (like Crystal light), a few packages of Pillsbury muffin mix, 3 pk of aluminum muffin tins, and 40 ft of foil. I love my local flea market, but its unfortunately in a not so good part of town.

anewvance
04-15-2006, 05:03 PM
Yup, this is part of how I build up inventory. Other ways are my kids used clothes, stuff I actually buy at Gymboree and such. And other ways is buying my kids clothes off of ebay and then using them until they grow out and reselling. Lots of ways to build up inventory. This is definately the best day i'd had at the Goodwill outlet in a long time.

grlpwrd, your user name is so familiar... do I know you from somewhere else?


I'm curious, Melissa...is this how you build up your inventory? For me I am branching off into selling for others locally.

No wonder you're doing well ebaying! :wizard:

babiesX2
04-15-2006, 05:44 PM
I came home empty handed from GW. My best finds last week were a Fisher Price Little Mommy Doll for $1 (I washed her outfit and she was like new), a Leap Frog Phonics Bus ($1), a Fisher Price Little People school bus (50 cents), and 4 Nintendo 64 game cartridges ($2 each).

snappy
04-15-2006, 06:32 PM
My DS17 has been shopping thrift stores himself since he got his driver's license. There is one near school, it is very "in" to shop there. He likes 60's music, so it follows that he would like vintage clothing (not Abercrombie, GAP, Old Navy, I am talking true vintage stuff.)

I only wish DD15 would catch this bug. The girls at the HS she has gone the past two years spend way too much on their wardrobes. She is switching schools next year (her choice), and I am glad. It has not been a healthy influence IMHO. The emphasis on wearing certain labels is a little ridiculous.

Disney Ontario
04-15-2006, 06:32 PM
At my local thrift store today, I found a huge Mickey blanket for $6.99 ,like new and never been washed yet. Then a matching plastic standing Mickey(looks like a piggy bank) $1.99. All for my new Disney/spare/scrapbooking room.

swilshire
04-15-2006, 06:42 PM
Our Goodwill stinks.

Same here. I walk through once in a while and watch for the 1/2 price sales, where some things are almost reasonable. Usually, they charge almost retail for the junk they get. Seldom a good find.

I look for thrift stores when I travel, though. I've bought WONDERFUL stuff at the Goodwill in Cambridge MA. Had to mail some of it home I bought so much.

I was out in San Diego a month or so ago and ask at the desk of the hotel if there was a thrift store around. The youngster I ask just gave me a funny look, but luckily one of her co-workers overheard and sent me to a wonderful area. It was like a thrift store mall. Must have been a dozen of them, mostly affiliated with different churches. My kids loved the odd t-shirts I found there and my luggage was almost overloaded coming home.

Very few yard sales here this weekend, but last weekend, tons of them. Particularly church sales. We spent $60 at one, but you wouldn't believe all of the clothes I found for my sons.

Sheila

TinkInPink
04-15-2006, 06:45 PM
About the not keeping her away from the mall, me and my friends, all in 8th grade LOVE the thrift shops. We would prefere the thrift store over the mall anyday. The one thing we like is that we can go and get twice as much stuff for half as much money.

ClarabelleCowFan
04-15-2006, 07:10 PM
Just got back from the local GW and loaded up! DD and I found 2 Disney frames (1 Mickey and 1 Tigger) for .99 each. DD picked out a gorgeous semi-formal dress for me (it was my size and fits great too!) to wear to an awards show in Vegas next month for $5.99 (last year my dress was over $200). We found lots of Limited Too for both girls and even some smocked dresses for me to sell on ebay. :thumbsup2

Great day thrifting here too! I never would have gone but I saw this thread earlier and decided to give ours a shot. Glad I did but I don't think DH is nearly as thrilled as I am! :teeth:

Julia M
04-15-2006, 08:03 PM
I haven't been overly impressed with our thrift stores, either.

I can get just as good of deals at Old Navy or Kohls on clearance. Luckily my kids aren't into brand name stuff (of course, that may change!)

Julia

sandraB
04-15-2006, 08:17 PM
Same here. I walk through once in a while and watch for the 1/2 price sales, where some things are almost reasonable. Usually, they charge almost retail for the junk they get. Seldom a good find.

I look for thrift stores when I travel, though. I've bought WONDERFUL stuff at the Goodwill in Cambridge MA. Had to mail some of it home I bought so much.

I was out in San Diego a month or so ago and ask at the desk of the hotel if there was a thrift store around. The youngster I ask just gave me a funny look, but luckily one of her co-workers overheard and sent me to a wonderful area. It was like a thrift store mall. Must have been a dozen of them, mostly affiliated with different churches. My kids loved the odd t-shirts I found there and my luggage was almost overloaded coming home.

Very few yard sales here this weekend, but last weekend, tons of them. Particularly church sales. We spent $60 at one, but you wouldn't believe all of the clothes I found for my sons.

Sheila


Sheila,

I used to live in Clinton, and there was this great discount store, I cant remember the name!! I used to get liz claiborn shorts there, and tons of nice clothes....they had home stuff too...right downtown???

The good old days.....we live in atlantic canada now, and we have a used clothing place called Frenchy's, they buy used clothes from places like goodwill, in the states....most of our stuff comes from boston area....(we can tell from tshirts...etc...)

Anyway, the us has great discount places...we really have to dig here!!! I tend to shop in the states mostly.

sandi

C.Ann
04-15-2006, 10:05 PM
When I was in Vero Beach last year my brother's GF (who literally is a millionaire a few times over) took me to the most amazing thrift stores.. She refuses to go to the "expensive" ones, but the ones she took my sister and I to were AWESOME.. Where else can you buy name brand clothes for 25 cents to a dollar - many of which still have the tags on them? She also scours thrift shops and such for furniture, decorating accessories, etc.. Can any of you figure out why she has so much money? She's been like this all her life - and her occupation before retiring was a high school physical education teacher!

Right now I'm on the hunt for a couple of dressers for here at the lake and quite frankly, I don't care where they come from: thrift shop; Salvation Army; garage sale; or alongside the road for spring clean-up.. A good cleaning, a coat of paint - maybe some rub-on decals if I'm feeling extra creative - and I'm good to go! So if you see one, let me know!! :lmao:

swilshire
04-16-2006, 09:40 AM
Sheila,

I used to live in Clinton, and there was this great discount store, I cant remember the name!! I used to get liz claiborn shorts there, and tons of nice clothes....they had home stuff too...right downtown???


You're no doubt thinking of Hammers. It's family owned, and the owners are still in the store lots of times when I go there. Hammers survives, but is much different now.

30 years ago when I started shopping there, they bought a lot of burned out stores and other one time deals. Prices were dirt cheap. I remember once they had refrigerated trailers outside the store and were selling frozen food off the back. They still get closeout things sometimes. I've seen a lot of Rite-Aid stuff there lately.

Mostly, though, it's just a small Kmart type store now. There are three of them, one on the road to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg for the tourists.

Sale prices can be good, but mostly they sell clothing at prices you could get anywhere. They do have good specials. "Sheet wars" are always a favorite, where they sell name-brand sheets quite cheaply. Some are in the packages, but many are just loose. People gather around the tables, the workers dump out big boxes and the fights start. Some people help each other find what they need, but there is a lot of grabbing and pulling.

They also have towels cheap on some days. Many of them are damaged or seconds, but they always seem to be a hit as well.

I shop there, but it's not the treasure hunt that it used to be.

Sheila

crisi
04-16-2006, 09:57 AM
I wouldn't shop charitible thrift stores, like Goodwill. They are set up as charities, and I don't need charity. I'd rather leave their inventory for people who do need it. A friend of mine works for such a place, they only make enough to cover their costs - and he rants endlessly about the people who make good money coming in to pick over the inventory so there is nothing left for the actual poor people they intend to serve. Especially since the advent of eBay, the store isn't really accomplishing its mission. This isn't judging anyone here, there are certainly no rules against it, it just isn't something I would do.

I do shop, on occation, consignment. And I got a $230 jacket at Nordstrom Rack this weekend for $14.

HaleyB
04-16-2006, 10:05 AM
We have great thrift stores.

I have not gone looking for ebay stuff in a long time because I have so much on hand right now. But my kids love to shop thrift stores and used book stores. They are much more fun to look through, we can spend hours.

OhMari
04-16-2006, 10:14 AM
Time will tell. Actually, when she was younger, DW would buy stuff for her at the thrift shop and just bring it home. Then we went through a phase where she didn't want stuff that DW picked out but also didn't want to comb through the racks at the thrift shops herself. In the past year, she's gotten to the point where she really appreciates the advantages of going to the thrift shop - great selection, great prices, jeans already broken in, etc. Now she actually asks to go there. Hopefully, that will last. I think the label recognition is important. She loves going to Limited Too but knows it is generally too expensive and we rarely buy anthing there unless its on clearance. But today she got a nice pair of Limited Too shorts for $1.50. And a pair of Jordache jeans for $3.99. And a Roots Team USA Olympic beret hat for $2.00. She understands that she never would have gotten any of those things for regular price.

Somehow I have a feeling that she will be taking her friends to the thrift shops in a few years. One can only hope :)

My dd in college has 2 friends that buy all their clothes at Thrift stores. In the winter they have a "Super Sweet Sweater Party" they all buy sweaters that are so outragious and funny for like a quarter and wear them for the party. My biggest score was a $65 tv stand for my dd's apartment that I got for $9.00. I cleaned it up and washed the glass doors and it looks brand new. My dd lives and goes to school in Marquette MI and they have really cool thrift stores.

HaleyB
04-16-2006, 10:24 AM
Oh and c. ann check Craigslist.org for furniture. We get fixer up stuff for free sometimes even.

cami89
04-16-2006, 11:23 AM
I wouldn't shop charitible thrift stores, like Goodwill. They are set up as charities, and I don't need charity. I'd rather leave their inventory for people who do need it. A friend of mine works for such a place, they only make enough to cover their costs - and he rants endlessly about the people who make good money coming in to pick over the inventory so there is nothing left for the actual poor people they intend to serve. Especially since the advent of eBay, the store isn't really accomplishing its mission. This isn't judging anyone here, there are certainly no rules against it, it just isn't something I would do.

I do shop, on occation, consignment. And I got a $230 jacket at Nordstrom Rack this weekend for $14.

I don't feel badly buying from Goodwill and I don't feel like I'm taking away from someone else and/or accepting charity by spending my money there. I don't think they care who buys their merchandise - I pay what they ask for it, so what is the problem? My store offers a discount to military and law enforcement personnel - based on that, it doesn't seem like they are discouraging folks to buy from them, no?

Tantor
04-16-2006, 12:01 PM
My DD 10 loves going to Goodwill. For me it's a challenge to see what name brands I can get. We get lots of Gap, Old Navy, Mary Kate and Ashley stuff.
IT is just amazing. We have quite afew Goodwills with in a 20 mile radius. :cool1:

Alexsma
04-16-2006, 12:06 PM
I wouldn't shop charitible thrift stores, like Goodwill. They are set up as charities, and I don't need charity. I'd rather leave their inventory for people who do need it. A friend of mine works for such a place, they only make enough to cover their costs - and he rants endlessly about the people who make good money coming in to pick over the inventory so there is nothing left for the actual poor people they intend to serve. Especially since the advent of eBay, the store isn't really accomplishing its mission. This isn't judging anyone here, there are certainly no rules against it, it just isn't something I would do.

I do shop, on occation, consignment. And I got a $230 jacket at Nordstrom Rack this weekend for $14.

The purpose of these charitible thrift stores is that they sell donated items to make money to fund their charities! The money that everyone spends in the stores actually allows that charity to help more people.

welovedis
04-16-2006, 12:57 PM
We have a number of thifts and I go to them on a regular basis both to purchase for myself & my family and to sell on eBay. I wear a lot of Ann Taylor and Coldwater Creek clothing & can usually find at least 1-2 pieces at each store I visit. These are items that would retail for at least $50 each (pants, blazer, even tailored shirts) and I get them for less than $3 usually. Sometimes items have store tags on them, other times they don't but I do look things over carefully before buying.

I'm happy to say that people are typically shocked to hear that I've never bought anything at an Ann Taylor store, and only occasionally buy from CCreek (only if there is a great sale in the outlet) and still have 95% of my wardrobe from those 2 places.

I think that many people feel there is some type of stigma associated with shopping at a thift store & that's fine with me. I'll be happy to not that to share my eBay profit-makers with anyone, lol! :)

anewvance--not sure about the other poster, but I recognize your info from the eBay boards. :)

sweet maxine
04-16-2006, 01:05 PM
How's this?

Got a cute blouse from Goodwill two weeks ago (Casual Corner brand), and wore it with a new skirt (on sale 70% off) to church for Easter today. Looked really nice if I say so myself!

BTW, no one was able to detect my wearing of a thrift store blouse today.

ClarabelleCowFan
04-16-2006, 02:09 PM
I wouldn't shop charitible thrift stores, like Goodwill. They are set up as charities, and I don't need charity. I'd rather leave their inventory for people who do need it. A friend of mine works for such a place, they only make enough to cover their costs - and he rants endlessly about the people who make good money coming in to pick over the inventory so there is nothing left for the actual poor people they intend to serve. Especially since the advent of eBay, the store isn't really accomplishing its mission. This isn't judging anyone here, there are certainly no rules against it, it just isn't something I would do.


Actually our Goodwill stores would never survive without the dollars brought in from "regular" shoppers. The poor here get vouchers for clothes and don't actually spend cash for their purchases. How does that help the overhead??

We have about a dozen Goodwills in the area and they are all marketed towards people looking for bargain shopping, not for the poor or indigent. Goodwill has TV, radio and newspaper advertising on a regular basis. I hardly think they spend all that money on marketing to the poor. I took my daughter to Goodwill yesterday. Sure there were some things I bought to resell on ebay but we paid the price Goodwill was asking so where is the problem in doing that? I also bought a dress for myself and clothes for both daughters. I would rather pay $2.99 for their dresses then $30 at Limited Too.

I don't see that I am taking clothing away from the poor by shopping at Goodwill. There is plenty to go around - the stores are always packed with stuff. We just did our Spring Cleaning and took in 3 pickup truck loads of clothes, toys, furniture and household items to the very Goodwill that we shopped at.

If you dont want to shop at thrift stores then no one is going to force you. Leave the bargains for the rest of us!

Julia M
04-16-2006, 02:35 PM
I'm envious........our Goodwills don't seem to carry nicer labels (and they should, we are in a very affluent area) or maybe I just have poor luck in the clothes area.

I also think the prices are high.....like $7.99 for a pair of jeans. I bought dd a pair of Arizona brand jeans from Penny's......2 for $21.99 (B1G1F)

I do get paperback books all the time.

I do hope, since they have "fancy dresses" that as dd gets old enough to go to formal dances, that I can find prom dresses there...........listening to my friends, that's a big expense.

What are the popular brands for teen age boys and girls? Oldest ds is starting high school in the fall, and maybe I can be on the lookout this summer for some trendy shirts (he hasn't cared so far...Old Navy is his style, but you never know!)

Julia

babiesX2
04-16-2006, 02:47 PM
I wouldn't shop charitible thrift stores, like Goodwill. They are set up as charities, and I don't need charity. I'd rather leave their inventory for people who do need it. A friend of mine works for such a place, they only make enough to cover their costs - and he rants endlessly about the people who make good money coming in to pick over the inventory so there is nothing left for the actual poor people they intend to serve. Especially since the advent of eBay, the store isn't really accomplishing its mission. This isn't judging anyone here, there are certainly no rules against it, it just isn't something I would do.

I do shop, on occation, consignment. And I got a $230 jacket at Nordstrom Rack this weekend for $14.

Your stance is interesting. Most of the poor people I know laugh at buying things second hand.

joha
04-16-2006, 03:31 PM
[QUOTE=Julia M]I'm envious........our Goodwills don't seem to carry nicer labels (and they should, we are in a very affluent area) or maybe I just have poor luck in the clothes area.

I also think the prices are high.....like $7.99 for a pair of jeans. I bought dd a pair of Arizona brand jeans from Penny's......2 for $21.99 (B1G1F)

I do get paperback books all the time.

Me too, prices in the stores in our area seem a little high... even the paper backs, I wanted to read Angela's Ashes and it was $5.00, I got it for less on line (for a hardback copy) :confused3

Could anyone reccomend stores in the Miami area?

Thanks :)

babiesX2
04-16-2006, 03:49 PM
I wouldn't shop charitible thrift stores, like Goodwill. They are set up as charities, and I don't need charity. I'd rather leave their inventory for people who do need it. A friend of mine works for such a place, they only make enough to cover their costs - and he rants endlessly about the people who make good money coming in to pick over the inventory so there is nothing left for the actual poor people they intend to serve. Especially since the advent of eBay, the store isn't really accomplishing its mission. This isn't judging anyone here, there are certainly no rules against it, it just isn't something I would do.

I do shop, on occation, consignment. And I got a $230 jacket at Nordstrom Rack this weekend for $14.

This really nagged at me so I'm back to comment on it again. I went to the Goodwill webiste and found nothing about the "inventory" being exclusively for "people who need it." Goodwill's mission is not to provide the underpriviliged with "possessions". Thier mission is to provide jobs for people who other employers are not likely to hire. "The revenues fund job training and other services to prepare people for job success." I'm doing a good thing when I go there to buy their inventory, and besides, I need what I am buying. Buying things there is not accepting charity - it is giving to their charity.

http://www.goodwill.org/page/guest/about/whatwedo
Goodwill Industries is all about people working.
We are one of the world’s largest nonprofit providers of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience, as well as those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Last year, local Goodwills collectively provided employment and training services to more than 720,000 individuals.
We believe that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves a chance to have these.

irishbosoxfan
04-16-2006, 03:59 PM
I went friday to three different stores and picked up quite a few summer shorts/skorts/skirts for DD8 who wears a womans size 10--My finds

Tommy shorts-1.99
Old Navy skirt-1.50-BNWT
Old Navy shorts-1.99-BNWT

3 pairs of jean shorts-Zana Dee-YADA-??----1.99 each

4 tank tops different colors-womans size medium-1.50 each-BNWT

Lite Brite flat screen-3.49-BN
Leap frog globe-4.99

WDW sweatshirt-XXL-4.00-extra thick one-Like BN(if it was worn I couldn't tell)

Plus everything I got was marked down an additional 20% because it was military day!!!

I spent $41 total for the day and and brought 7 stuffed full bags into the house!!

mom2riceboys
04-16-2006, 04:06 PM
I wouldn't shop charitible thrift stores, like Goodwill. They are set up as charities, and I don't need charity. I'd rather leave their inventory for people who do need it. A friend of mine works for such a place, they only make enough to cover their costs - and he rants endlessly about the people who make good money coming in to pick over the inventory so there is nothing left for the actual poor people they intend to serve. Especially since the advent of eBay, the store isn't really accomplishing its mission. This isn't judging anyone here, there are certainly no rules against it, it just isn't something I would do.

I do shop, on occation, consignment. And I got a $230 jacket at Nordstrom Rack this weekend for $14.

I don't see why anyone would have a problem shopping at Goodwill. Our local Goodwill uses the profits from their stores for programs for poor people, the mentally challenged, etc. They are thrilled that people from all economic backgrounds shop there. The more money folks spend at their stores, the more money they have for their programs. I assumed all Goodwills had social programs. Maybe I'm wrong.

irishbosoxfan
04-16-2006, 04:09 PM
After I posted my finds I read the post above mine and would like to add this=


Goodwill isn't just for disadvantaged people to buy what they need it is for everyone to shop at----Goodwill then takes the money it raises from the sales and uses that to help out disadvantaged people in a variety of ways---I know the stores here in my town work w/different city agencies to help people out if they need something----Say a family gets burned out of their house,the Red Cross will then contact the second hand stores and find out what they have available to donate to the family---Like when I was in one store the other day the manager was on the phone w/someone and was telling them that she had a kitchen set they could have and that they were welcome to come to the store to pick out clothes in their size--

So I feel that even though I don't have a buttload of money to donate to help these people out---My going shopping for things my family needs is aiding them in their time of need!

disneysteve
04-16-2006, 04:44 PM
I wouldn't shop charitible thrift stores, like Goodwill. They are set up as charities, and I don't need charity. I'd rather leave their inventory for people who do need it.
Sorry crisi, but I disagree (as did several others before me). The purpose of Goodwill is to provide jobs and training programs for people who wouldn't otherwise be employable. I have several mentally handicapped patients who work for Goodwill. The money raised from the shops is what funds their programs and pays the salaries of those workers. If everyone stopped shopping there, Goodwill wouldn't be able to help anyone.

The stores are not there as charities. They sell stuff to the general public to fund their charitable activities. I feel by shopping there, not only do I get bargains, but I help support a great cause.

welovedis
04-16-2006, 04:52 PM
Steve, I came back to post & you already said it! :)

And, GW sells their own items both on ebay & other auction sites, so I don't feel I'm taking anything from them. Locally they pick what they want to auction & then put out the rest for sale. I spend my money to purchase those items & can do with them as I please.

And that's keeping them from accomplishing their mission in what way? I'm spending more money there than I did 10 years ago, lots more and that in turn supports their programs.

decaff38
04-16-2006, 06:29 PM
okay, I admit I maybe the craziest thrift shopper of this week!!
18yr. old and I drove 221 miles to go to thrift stores ( and visit big brother) We went looking for a prom dress. Just can not justify the price that they ask here in town. We had a blast. We got lost at least 20 times. Laughed and shopped 12 thrift shops. Spent 190.00 total. I know I will forget some but prom dress, Dr. Martin shoes, croc like red shoes, purse, silverware for daughters new apartment, cabbage candle and holder(she just had to have it for 1.80) 6 scrub tops and 7 bottoms for her and 3 scrub tops and 3 bottoms for son, 3 capris for me, 2 shorts , 4 tops, hair straightener, 4 capris for daughter , 10 tops, lunch bag, cool beaded bowl 12' across, 3 skirts, 4 shorts and sports tops, tapes for my classroom, picture frames, cooler mug for freezer, golf pull over, new black levis for Dad, 2 pair shorts, etc.....My best find - a microsuede pullover golf wind shirt, tags on says $52.00 bought for 5.95. Hit the jackpot and most of it had tags or name brand very great condition. She ever called her friend at home and said, You would love this place. Next time we come down we have to go here!!!. We had such a good bonding time and very econmical shopping. Didn't need to say no one time. :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Earstou
04-16-2006, 07:12 PM
About 10 years ago, my mom managed a Goodwill for a few years. She encouraged ANYONE to shop there, as Goodwill needed the money to fund their programs.
She told me they had such an abundance of clothes donated that they end up selling some of them to be used as rags (after being on the rack for so long). So don't worry about there not being enough for everyone!!!

babiesX2
04-19-2006, 04:02 PM
I found quite a few things today:

Sesame Street wooden toddler puzzle - $1 (Santa is going to bring that one)
Playskool Inline Skates - $2 (will be 2nd or 3rd birthday gift)
2 Mary Kate & Ashley 2T nightgowns - 99 cents each
Fisher Price musical toy - $1 (we paid $10 for one on eBay months ago)
Baby Headstand doll - $1

crisi
04-19-2006, 05:32 PM
Sorry crisi, but I disagree (as did several others before me). The purpose of Goodwill is to provide jobs and training programs for people who wouldn't otherwise be employable. I have several mentally handicapped patients who work for Goodwill. The money raised from the shops is what funds their programs and pays the salaries of those workers. If everyone stopped shopping there, Goodwill wouldn't be able to help anyone.

The stores are not there as charities. They sell stuff to the general public to fund their charitable activities. I feel by shopping there, not only do I get bargains, but I help support a great cause.

The one my friend works for IS a charity (it is not Goodwill). They show no profitability to send on to other charitable causes. They don't hire poor people (much of the staff is volunteer) or train poor people. They provide cheap secondhand clothes and furnishings to poor people. When people who are not poor shop there, they are not fulfilling their mission.

Now, we donate to Lupus as well, and there the store supports people with Lupus - the idea there is to sell things and they don't care who they sell it to, but that is not a universal with thrift stores, and I don't track which ones do what. There are several in the Twin Cities that follow the first format.

mickeymousemom
04-19-2006, 08:26 PM
I know that Goodwill, Salvation Army, and our local Rescue Mission store all sell items to fund other things. I think its great to shop at these places...everyone wins! :)