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    It seems there has been alot of talk lately about getting shirts at thrift shops to use in quilts. I decided to visit the thrift shops in town the other day and was a little shocked at the prices. :shock:

    Perhaps I'm out of touch or naive about this since I don't regularly shop thrift stores but wanted your input on: 1. How much fabric do you get from a shirt? and 2. What price do you pay?

    I visited three thrift stores. Goodwill had all their men's shirts at $3.99 and there were some very nice 100% cotton shirts. A local church sponsored thrift store - shirts were $3.00 to $7.00 with not much selection. A third store (I think it's some kind of chain like Goodwill) had shirts starting at $1.99 to (!!!!)$19.99, with no reason I could see why one shirt was $1.99 while another was $9.99.

    :?: :-( :hunf:

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    It seems there has been alot of talk lately about getting shirts at thrift shops to use in quilts. I decided to visit the thrift shops in town the other day and was a little shocked at the prices. :shock:

    Perhaps I'm out of touch or naive about this since I don't regularly shop thrift stores but wanted your input on: 1. How much fabric do you get from a shirt? and 2. What price do you pay?

    I visited three thrift stores. Goodwill had all their men's shirts at $3.99 and there were some very nice 100% cotton shirts. A local church sponsored thrift store - shirts were $3.00 to $7.00 with not much selection. A third store (I think it's some kind of chain like Goodwill) had shirts starting at $1.99 to (!!!!)$19.99, with no reason I could see why one shirt was $1.99 while another was $9.99.

    :?: :-( :hunf:
    We have a local place where they get a lot of clothing donated from yard sales and well to do people. On certain days you can get a 30 gallon garbage bag for $1. I am thinking of checking it out. I know people who actually get nice clothing there.

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    In the 1970s I lived near 3 large cities, several smaller ones and a few rural towns. They all had Goodwill stores. I noticed price differences too and asked about it. They said the policy is to price according to location. So if the store is in a well-to-do part of town, the prices are higher.
    I can understand this since they are trying to raise money for the disabled.
    When I shopped in the well-to-do locations I found NICE clothes with the tags still on them for $10 or less. So I really couldn't complain.

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    They also have sale days..usually they have a list up front in the store.."tuesdays- red tags are 50% off" etc..

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    I made a list of all the thrift shops within a 20 mile radius one day and visited them all. Stuff was definitely priced based on location. I live in what is considered a high end area and stuff was priced here $3.99-$5.99 for a shirt, compared to other areas 99 cents to $1.99 for a shirt and it was the same stuff.

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    Our local Humane Society (I work there one day a week) has men's shirts for $1.00. If I buy a shirt there, it's 50 cents for me. I'll have to go looking at the shirts.
    Lynn

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    The local thrift store I usually shop at has shirts from 70 cents on up. The used ones are usually $3 or less, they also get new ones donated from stores and those are sold at the price on the tag from the store (usually $15 or more). The tags on the used items are different colors, based on the day they are put out. Each day two colors are half price. I haven't used shirts for fabric so I'm not sure how much you get.

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    Check with your local Goodwill. I think that they are having a 50% off everything in the store sale on December 4th.

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    In my area it's not worth it to buy shirts at thrift shops. Poor community but the shops can be a little high on the price of used clothing, for me anyway. I can go to wm and buy a yard of cotton fabric priced from $2.97 to $4.44 and that can be cheaper than the thrift shops most time especially if your not getting a yard of fabric out of a shirt. I go to our thrift shops for fabric, I have gotten some pretty nice cotton fabrics there.

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    Sounds to me like you should move to Illinois. LOL

    Goodwill here has color sales each week. This week if the item has a black tag it's 50% off. Every Wednesday people 55 and older get 25% off.
    We also have a Humane Society thrift store that clothing sells Everything-in-the-bag for $2. And it's a large paper grocery bag. There's also a church sponsored one that is totally free although if and when I go there I make a donation for each item I get.

    Depending on the size of the shirt you can get about 2/3yd out of a long-sleeved 2x or bigger shirt. I cut the seams out, cut off the cuffs, yoke, collar, button and button hole strips. If the cuffs are large enough to get a 2-2 1/2" piece of fabric from and are in good condition, I save it. Same with the yoke. When cutting them up I don't remove the pocket because I might decide to leave them on when I make the quilt. The process is time consuming but it's something that I've challenged myself to do. If I had to spend the amount of money that you're talking about I wouldn't do it at all.

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    Our thrift stores are expensive, too. I ususally do best at rummage sales. Of course in the North, thats only Summer, but I hate paying $6.00 for a used shirt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Sounds to me like you should move to Illinois. LOL

    Goodwill here has color sales each week. This week if the item has a black tag it's 50% off. Every Wednesday people 55 and older get 25% off.
    We also have a Humane Society thrift store that clothing sells Everything-in-the-bag for $2. And it's a large paper grocery bag. There's also a church sponsored one that is totally free although if and when I go there I make a donation for each item I get.

    Depending on the size of the shirt you can get about 2/3yd out of a long-sleeved 2x or bigger shirt. I cut the seams out, cut off the cuffs, yoke, collar, button and button hole strips. If the cuffs are large enough to get a 2-2 1/2" piece of fabric from and are in good condition, I save it. Same with the yoke. When cutting them up I don't remove the pocket because I might decide to leave them on when I make the quilt. The process is time consuming but it's something that I've challenged myself to do. If I had to spend the amount of money that you're talking about I wouldn't do it at all.
    I think you are right! Illinois is the place to be for thrift stores. Thanks for reaffirming my thought that prices were a little high here. If prices were $1-$2, I think I would like the challenge also to get as much usable fabric as possible. You go, girl!!!

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    I guess that the thrift stores may be trying to make money off of the purchases. Some stores are there purely as mission work for the churches.

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    I have a thrift shop near by and I am always shocked at their prices. Is cheaper to get new clothes at stores around the corner. I saw there an old electric singer, plastic, with no feet and no power cord for $150.00. Forget about fabric. They had one horrible fabric with bananas and banana trees for $11.00/yard. They don't seem affiliated with any charity and I always wonder where the $$ goes.

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    I don't know that prices here at St. Vincent are based on location. We're in a small town, very poor town - mostly retireees and I checked out the men's shirts. Prices were anywhere from $6.00 to $20.00. I figured I'd get more for my dollar at the LQS!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    I guess that the thrift stores may be trying to make money off of the purchases. Some stores are there purely as mission work for the churches.
    I certainly didn't mean to belittle the mission of most thrift stores which are connected someway to helping the less fortunate and I hope you did not take it that way.

    Nevertheless, I think most of us quilters are trying to get the best bang out of our buck in this trying economy. That was my point in this thread. God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving.

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    I understand that the thrift stores are there to help others, but the shirts at the DI here are way too expensive to purchase and make quilts with. I would love to support them, but it is just not feasible to pay these prices when you could get them at WM or Kmart cheaper.

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    Maybe check out Wal-Mart. Ours has clearance racks of clothes from last season. The price seems to depend on the brand, but a lot of the t-shirts range from $1-$3.

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    We have a Cluster 13 Shop, where everything is $2.00 or less. I get most of my stuff there. We also have another religion related thrift shop that has 3 colors on sale each week, one at 60% off, 40% off and 20% off. Tuesday is Senior day for an extra 25% off total purchase. They will also give you a "volume" discount and if I fill my cart with fabrics and linens they will give me a price like $5.99 rather than count each item seperately. I try to only buy the larger shirts etc. for getting the most fabric. Plus size womens are also good sources, especially skirts, as are cotton dusters and scrubs pants and shirts.

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    I meant to add, in the Cluster 13 shop, shirts are 50 cents; dresses $1 or 2. Skirts and pants are .50 to $1.00.

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    I have found two churches thrift stores that sell clothing for $4 per bag. I roll the shirts and can get 15 in a bag. 25 cents each. You get a lot of fabric. Not all usable. I look for men's shirts and ladies cotton dresses and skirts. Men's 2x and 3x shirts are the best. Lots of fabric there.

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    Lauriejo, I simply adore your avatar. I don't need a mirror in the morning anymore as I read this message board first thing in the morning, with my coffee. It's 5.45 am. here.

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    It's like that here too for prices and I just thought it was us here in AK--we pay more for most everything.

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    It's like that here too for prices and I just thought it was us here in AK--we pay more for most everything.

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    Sadly it's 10:45 pm here and I look the same, coffee doesn't seem to have helped. LOL

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