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Thread: You won't believe the prices at our thrift/goodwill store

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    I have never been to the Goodwill store here in our town. After seeing everyone's posts here about the great finds they come home with, I decided to stop in when I was in town today. I DID NOT come home with anything. I couldn't believe the prices. I could have gone to Target and done as well. I took pics so you could see items and prices, and at the end, someone came up to me and asked me to stop taking pics. One I wanted to get a pic of was a shower curtain still in the package for $15.00. Ummmm...I just bought a shower curtain at Target for $9.99 and it was cute! Anyway....on to the pics I did get.

    The first pic is of a formica nightstand that is all beat up and dinged. It was 25 bucks. Maybe these are going prices for crap in this condition, but personally I wouldn't give 5 dollars.
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    Next is 2 drawer filing cabinet for 40 bucks.
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    Next is a homemade table, rough, not sanded, written all over
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    I believe it! I've seen prices just like that at ours for junk.

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    and the best for last....a hideous elephant planter that was about knee high for $99.00
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    I hear you! I have had the same experience. I think they would do much better by lowering the prices and seeing the volume of sales increase. Who wants to pay these prices for this junk?

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    I went to my local Goodwill yesterday- left in disgust at the prices- without buying anything. Today I went to a little thrift shop that helps fund a homeless shelter. I came away with 4 yards of good quality cotton fabric and 4 yards of seer sucker for $2.00. At that price I can afford to make some charity quilts.

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    The Goodwill here is more expensive now than they were just a year ago. There is a Salvation Army really close to where I live and their prices are just about as much as brand new. I have stopped shopping at either one of these places because the prices have gone up so much. We do however have a small thrift store here that I volunteer at. All proceeds go to a horse rescue ranch. Now their prices are really good. This is now the only "thrift" store I buy at any more.

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    I had to check and see where you were from, I thought you must have been at my local Goodwill. They are a little hoytie toytie in my opinion!

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    Wow! I've seen some unrealistic listings on Craigs List but these ones kinda take the cake. I bought a NEW file drawer like the one pictured for $29.99 (on sale).

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    OMG!!!!! How do they expect to be able to help ANYBODY

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    I have seen so much of this at our local SA and thrift shops, that I just had to ask today, WHY the prices were so high on donated items that are clearly NOT fixed up, NOT cleaned up, and in well used condition..

    this very nice Christian lady(at the Christian run thrift shop) said to me: " well, we can get that price for it on ebay"!

    I always knew that this particular store sold on ebay, especially vintage jewelry, good clothing, books, and all sewing machines,,,,but really....WE the general public are NOT ebay and when I donate something to a LOCAL charity, I expect my money to stay local!

    Needless to say, I doubt I will donate anything there again much less shop there! Seriously thinking about writing an article the paper!

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    Our local charity store doesn't even price anything anymore. If you are interested in something you have to drag it to the checkout counter and after the clerk sizes you up, they make up a price to suit what they think they can soak you for. Definitely have different prices for different folks...

    I used to donate nice clothes there a LOT, but the last time I was in the back (warehouse) part of the store where the bigger things are sold, I noticed this huge machine like a trash compactor-- it actually BALED UP loads of clothing into gigantic 'bricks'. I have no idea what they do with these (landfil?) but the back part of the warehouse was stacked to the roof with them. My guess is they don't even look at the clothes you donate... just throw it in the baler!

    I go there to keep an eye out for used sewing machines and/or fabric, but they probably wouldn't sell it to me for what I could pay.

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    You have to be there right time...I got chaise loungers sells 150.00 at lowes..someone brought 6 in was price 10.00 each and then I got Senior Discount...all 6 or 8.00 each....48.00 plus tax....best find I ever FOUND! my sister got 3 so I can use her Pool....lol and I kept 3..!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Our local charity store doesn't even price anything anymore. If you are interested in something you have to drag it to the checkout counter and after the clerk sizes you up, they make up a price to suit what they think they can soak you for. Definitely have different prices for different folks...

    I used to donate nice clothes there a LOT, but the last time I was in the back (warehouse) part of the store where the bigger things are sold, I noticed this huge machine like a trash compactor-- it actually BALED UP loads of clothing into gigantic 'bricks'. I have no idea what they do with these (landfil?) but the back part of the warehouse was stacked to the roof with them. My guess is they don't even look at the clothes you donate... just throw it in the baler!

    I go there to keep an eye out for used sewing machines and/or fabric, but they probably wouldn't sell it to me for what I could pay.
    they ship them off to 3rd world countries!

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    Ours is really high too, I am waiting for rummage sales!

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    Yikes!!!!!!!!!!!! What a bummer :(

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    You are right, their prices are way too high. I've noticed that around here too. Since there are more thrift customers due to unemployment and pay freezes, their prices are rising. I still look for fabric every time I go near one.

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    I always thought that because the items were donated, that they were very very cheap do that less unfortunate can afford something. I'm serious when I say that Target and Walmart have same prices but for brand new not all banged up and ugly. They had tons of VHS movies for 5.00. I just bought DVD's at Wally World for 5 bucks that were new. I don't get it. This is a non profit organization right? A 501c3? It just seems to me that the prices defeat the purpose. Of providing goods at a much lower cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Our local charity store doesn't even price anything anymore. If you are interested in something you have to drag it to the checkout counter and after the clerk sizes you up, they make up a price to suit what they think they can soak you for. Definitely have different prices for different folks...

    I used to donate nice clothes there a LOT, but the last time I was in the back (warehouse) part of the store where the bigger things are sold, I noticed this huge machine like a trash compactor-- it actually BALED UP loads of clothing into gigantic 'bricks'. I have no idea what they do with these (landfil?) but the back part of the warehouse was stacked to the roof with them. My guess is they don't even look at the clothes you donate... just throw it in the baler!

    I go there to keep an eye out for used sewing machines and/or fabric, but they probably wouldn't sell it to me for what I could pay.
    they ship them off to 3rd world countries!
    I doubt this store could afford to do this. These bales are bigger than the old cotton bales that went by riverboat. The freight would be tremendous. From what I see piled high in their warehouse, they aren't being shipped anywhere. What a fire hazard.

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    I believe it. About 3 years ago, I went into a goodwill store and found a couple handmade 100% cotton pillowcases, with no price, so I took them up to the register to see how much they were, $1.98 EACH, I said, no thank you and haven't been in there since. I think that Good Will has gone "up scale". I was in a different one than the above, and they had a decent looking hutch, $1700.00. People this is a thrift store, I think the head of the company is forgetting what a THRIFT store is.

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    Here a lot of the larger thrift stores are getting really expensive too....sometimes it is cheaper to by new tops/shirts than to pay their prices. The smaller ones, church groups, Country Women's Association etc. have the best deals...and their stuff is clean and undamaged. I picked up a beautiful Janome 610 in it's case with accessories for $15.00.

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    Gosh, I thought for a moment you were talking about the one in my town. We also have a more reasonable St. Vincent de Paul's here, plus one real good thrift store, the owners of which I've never been able to find out and keep forgetting to ask. But the prices are terrific, half price on Saturdays and some other days, so I keep on going back there.
    In Modesto is a Salvation Army store that has reasonable prices, I stop there every time I'm in town. Usually find something that I love, need/and or will use some day or other.

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    I believe the Goodwills overprice so when they have half price days - they at least get the lower price.

    I've found 'better deals' at church or school run resale shops.

    Bottom line is that if the price is too high - don't buy it or ask for a lower price - see if they'll work with you.

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