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Thread: thrift shop/Goodwill/SalArmy finds

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    I have been checking my local thrift shops of all varieties. Sometimes I see fabric scraps, no big pieces. One time I did find some 1 yard pieces of flannel that I could use for prayer quilts our Church was making. But that was a rare find. I was wondering, if you do find fabric or patterns, do you buy all they have? Is that why it is so hard for me to find? Or do you just get lucky?
    The one Goodwill store I was in recently - the prices on everything were so high - and I heard other customers say that too.

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    I'm new at it and just hoping it wasn't beginners luck to get me hooked! I don't buy all they have either. I just buy what I think I will use someday.

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    I just buy what I like :)

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    Local Goodwill store prices are high. EX. Got to the checkout with 2 pair of short lace curtain panels, the cost was MORE than new ones at K-Mart or Walmart. The good stuff is grabbed by a couple that stands by the door, when items are brought out they grab it. Manager says she can nothing about the problem.

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    I only buy what I like or what I think I can use. Or, if I see something I know someone else will like, I will buy it for them.

    But, I don't find much fabric here, either. The prices at the local shops are high here, too. I have to drive to another city to find good prices! lol

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    I only buy what I like, my taste does change depending what I'm interested in at the time. Our Thrift stores, Goodwill and Salvation Army stores very seldom have fabric, at least I don't find it.

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    I think the trick is to go often, good finds go quickly :D:D:D

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    Our Goodwill prices are high here too, so I looked in the yellow pages and found other thrift stores that weren't affiliated with Goodwill, Salvation Army or other well known agencies and visited them. Found some awesome deals, and one shop in particular has a entire section filled with craft items, books, and fabric, plus they have specials every week and a monthly calendar you can pick up so you know when/what is on sale. I may have to drive a little further but it's worth it!

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    I haven't gotten lucky at my Goodwill or Sal. Army....but I have a friend that is an antique shop owner. When she does an Estate Sale that has nice fabric...I get a call immediatly or a quick email to call her...She usually lets me in on the day before, just for the fabrics. Sometimes she has me helping to price them if she is in doubt.

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    I have never found any fabric in my GW store...but I keep going and looking...and hoping that maybe one of these times I'll find some.

    They did have a 99K Singer w/cabinet yesterday, but I already have one, so I didn't get it.

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    I would go to the Thrift stores. I do not shop the Goodwill stores any more just because their prices are way too high! I f you have a Thrift store or an Arc store check those out. They ALWAYS have fabric for sale .

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    Once in awhile our GW has a decenT piece of fabric. I too go to other thrift stores!!

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    what day of the week do you go? you may want to ask and find out which days they do stocking and major shippments???
    In my experiance wednesday or thursday morning first thing is the time to go.

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    OMG I am so envious of people saying how much they find. I have been going to all the GW, Salvation Armys, Thrift Store and what not in a 35 mile radious of my area for the past 6 months and not a thing have I bought(except a few bks). Do I live in a non quilting area or do I live in a quilting horders area??????? LOL

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    I went to good will because of all the good deals everyone here gets. I thought the prices were way to high. I throw better stuff away then they had. JMO>.

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    I never find fabric at good will. I find my fabrics sometime at the Kidney Foundation Community Thrift store. It's usually in clear plastic bags where the underwear is. It' from $2.99-$5.99 a bag and sometimes marked down to $1.50-$1.95. I'll have to post some of the blocks I got recently.

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    I generally try to buy only the color tatchit (those plastic tags) that are on sale. That brings the fabric to about what I think a thrift store price should be. I only buy what I like, too and will leave some fabric there. I don't see as much of it as when we had regular routes and used to go out once a week and hit 5 or 6 different stores: Goodwill, Sally, Value Village, Kidney Foundations, St Vinnies, Last Chance. Our Last Chances have half off everything on Mon so that's the best day to go, other wise I think they are overpriced.We live in metro Atlanta and I bet there are 50 different thrift stores around the metro area. If you live near a big city it might pay to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsey
    I went to good will because of all the good deals everyone here gets. I thought the prices were way to high. I throw better stuff away then they had. JMO>.
    maybe you should start donating your garbage ;) Im sure someone would apprechiate it 8-)

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    I almost never find any fabric at Goodwill or Salvation Army, but I find great fabrics at a couple of thrift stores that I go to. The fabric is only a dollar a yard. I've found that the Salvation Army is way too high ! I only buy what I like.

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