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Goodwill rocks!! My jeans story ends happily? Does yours??

Started 1389134896.23 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1397032472.557 by Farnell Scootsmoot
I went into Goodwill to look for a household item. To my surprise, they had an awesome selection of jeans. I bought a great pair of Levi's and a cute pair of Gap boot cuts for the ridiculous price of 4.99 each. Yes...they have dressing rooms so you can make sure it fits. I am never going to bit retail again....just keep your eyes open and your mind open to these gently "pre owned" things. You may be pleasantly surprised like I am!

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EGW1389135193.383504 PostsRegistered 7/12/2011

Before I retired, I found 2 really cute blazers from Goodwill. I went there to drop off items and to look for a bookshelf for my son and glanced at the clothes. I was surprised as well. I can't rationalize spending a lot of money..good for you for smart shopping

kristico1389135276.44356 PostsRegistered 11/9/2010
I meant "buy" not bit retail again. I am a 54 year old one index finger keyboarder...my grown kids think this is hilarious....and I occasionally make typos...sorry!

depglass1389135354.16724103 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I know two women who shop for clothes exclusively at thrift stores. They are both petite and find all sorts of cute stuff. Me, a lX, finds only used scrubs and old lady stuff.

Milfy1389135394.583259 PostsRegistered 8/8/2013

You can find some awesome deals at Thrift stores for sure!

sarpy1389136387.0371595 PostsRegistered 6/29/2006

I have been downsizing and cleaned out my closet before Christmas. I took some very good clothes to Goodwill. I am hoping someone is getting some real good bargains.

lovesrecess1389138671.3813787 PostsRegistered 7/14/2008Texas

I have been shopping at the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores for years; the coffee table and end table and small apothecary chest in my family room came from the Salvation Army store; the lamps from Goodwill and most of the oil paintings in my home are from Goodwill...I do buy clothing there but not very often.....most of what I buy is brand new.

mominohio1389139572.9673331 PostsRegistered 8/8/2010

I spent 20 years working in thrift store retail and production management, and I practically furnished a whole house, kitchen, linen closet, and clothes closet second hand. I dressed my son until he was in middle school almost exclusively from there as well. He had the best baby and toddler clothing, and when I resold them, they looked like they were still new.

I can't pass a thrift store without stopping and looking. I so don't need a thing, but I still have to check them out!

california­momofthree1389141006.795468 PostsRegistered 4/13/2010

WOW!!! 4.99?! I'm such a jeans freak, this is something I need to seriously start doing! I also hear that sometimes going to thrift stores in "better areas" means (how do I say this delicately) kind of better clothing, is this true?

GoodStuff1389141243.98715158 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

I am such an addicted Goodwill adventurer! Once you discover the kind of quality deals you can get at thrift stores and the amount of fun you can have treasure hunting, shopping in "regular" stores totally loses its appeal. It takes some time and patience, but I have picked up some fantastic pieces in thrift stores, including many otherwise pricey designer things new with tags. I shop there often.

Glad you've joined our ranks!

brewhaha1389141902.00745068 PostsRegistered 1/14/2007Sitting in front of my computer

I love Goodwill. It's my favorite place to shop.

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Perkup1389142382.126470 PostsRegistered 12/24/2008

I really get a kick from thrift store shopping, whether it's clothing, furniture or whatever. I find lots of wonderful decorations there also - especially after a holiday such as Christmas when people get rid of things that didn't work out for them. Last year I got a gorgeous Santa who is taller than me, beautiful face, amazing outfit. Only $50.00. Everyone wants him.

I found a pair of brand new Prada boots for my daughter last November for under $40.00. The box had a price of $425.00. Got a couple of skirts for me that are the same brand as two jackets I can still wear (but the skirts were a little tight). Rejuvenated my wardrobe! Planning to drop off a number of formals and Mom of the Bride dresses next week and do some personal shopping.

But Depglass is right. It's easier to find things if you wear a small size - I usually get a 14 or a large, and there aren't as many things to choose from. I think people have these smaller things and grow out of them, so the thrift stores end up with lots of tiny things. Yes, I'm envious.

TY1389142650.864055 PostsRegistered 3/22/2007

My sis who is a small size manages to find nice clothes thrift store shopping. Barely or never worn clothing too. My other sis has found brand new shoes and new tops as well. I am not so lucky but I do clean out my closet and donate clothing including some seldom or never worn nice outerwear.

cyndog1389143926.5172352 PostsRegistered 10/8/2010California Desert
The Goodwill stores in Palm Desert and Palm Springs are pretty much the same as Macy's, ha, ha, so no need to go to Macy's. It's funny, I find Macy's' things I like at thrift stores, but when I go into Macy's once in a great while, I can't find anything I like.

gazelle771389144531.359816 PostsRegistered 3/1/2013
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meezercats1389145122.947734 PostsRegistered 8/9/2007Hudson Valley, NY

I'm ADDICTED to Goodwill. Fortunately the store is close to my home so I'm able to go there a few times a week. You never know what you'll discover. I've found several coats and jackets for myself and a Columbia winter jacket for my hubby for $7.99 in perfect condition. Why pay retail prices?? It does take time to browse the racks and shelves, but I find it relaxing and have met several nice folks there, as well. If you haven't shopped there yet, check it out. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

GoodStuff1389154474.86315158 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008
On 1/7/2014 Perkup said:

But Depglass is right. It's easier to find things if you wear a small size - I usually get a 14 or a large, and there aren't as many things to choose from. I think people have these smaller things and grow out of them, so the thrift stores end up with lots of tiny things. Yes, I'm envious.

It's easier to shop anywhere if you're a smaller size.......but I'm a plus size and find great things at thrift stores. People of all sizes donate clothes, and there are plenty of larger women out there! In fact, one of the main reasons people donate clothing is that they gain or lose weight and dump a wardrobe that no longer fits. I love it when a large lady with great fashion sense is successful at Weight Watchers and leaves her clothes to me!

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Rainbows a­nd Roses1389154637.64318545 PostsRegistered 6/4/2011

So happy for you and I love tag sales and flea markets and checking stores like goodwill for home decorations or glassware or just anything..........to me it is more fun and where I live they have ugly clothing so I don't even go into the stores anymore unless I need something. I did go to Dillards 50% off the pink label and got two pretty gowns for Summer so I am happy about that. Happy for you. There are hidden treasures everywhere.

"Crying is for plain women, Pretty women go shopping." Oscar Wilde

"The most beautiful makeup of a woman is passion but cosmetics are easier to buy." YSL

Wadzlla1389155327.6571972 PostsRegistered 2/25/2009

I purchased a $400.00 Cynthia Rowley handbag for $4.99. Perfect condition. I don't think it was ever used.

You have to frequent your local second hand stores regularly to find the "good stuff". There are times when you find nothing, and other times you can find a treasure!

It is so nice to shop and not go broke.

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Retired081389157195.9575323 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008 Beautiful Coastal Georgia
On 1/7/2014 californiamomofthree said:

WOW!!! 4.99?! I'm such a jeans freak, this is something I need to seriously start doing! I also hear that sometimes going to thrift stores in "better areas" means (how do I say this delicately) kind of better clothing, is this true?

It is absolutely true. The Goodwill near me definitely reflects the economy. However, the Goodwill store and thrift stores in Hilton Head, South Carolina are unbelievable and people drive for miles to shop there. Designer clothing and furniture in perfect, beautiful condition.

What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own.

LipstickDi­va1389194533.51338712 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio

Definitely it depends on the area. The thrift stores in my city have items that look like they should have gone in the trash. The consignment stores in my area are the same way.

However, if I go about 30 miles east, thrift shopping and consignment stores are much better.

You can't buy love but you can adopt it. Adopt, don't shop.

hulagirl1389195072.0437180 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I get most of my jeans at Old Navy (Rock Star Skinny) because I love the way they fit and usually get them on sale along wit a coupon.......good enough for me. Great find for OP!

willdob31389195897.33310603 PostsRegistered 10/31/2010

I love hearing stories like this!

As a member of ComPact, I have committed to not buying any clothes in January but I hope to have similar results next month. All my jeans are getting baggy. I never had much luck finding clothes at thrift or consignment shops in the past but I've lost a lot of weigh & there is a huge selection of smaller sizes.

Even if I have good luck at thrift stores I know I'll still buy retail. I shop clearance & often get new items for about the same price as thrift stores. I recall getting jeans for $6 at Macy's.

chrystaltr­ee1389195992.21712643 PostsRegistered 5/10/2010

The thought of wearing used closed just just sounds icky to me. No disrepect to those can't afford anything else, you do what you have to do under trying circumstances but I wouldn't stoop to wearing cast offs just because they cost $5 when there are a lot of affordable jeans available. My sister and a friend are both swear by Walmart's Faded Glory (or something like that) jeans that they buy on line for some ridiculous prices like in the $12-15 price range. Great denim, great fit and NEW. Old Navy also has very affordable jeans and Old Navy is always having deep discounts and surprise online sales that make the jeans even more affordable. I'm sure Sears also has a $20 jean.

willdob31389196539.7310603 PostsRegistered 10/31/2010
On 1/8/2014 LipstickDiva said:

Definitely it depends on the area. The thrift stores in my city have items that look like they should have gone in the trash. The consignment stores in my area are the same way.

However, if I go about 30 miles east, thrift shopping and consignment stores are much better.

I find junk clothing on sale at Salvation Army. I went several months ago on their discount day & ended up walking out because of it. Many things belonged in the trash rather than on the racks. On top of that, they pack it so tight you have a hard time pulling things out to look at them. Goodwill is a bit of a drive & I can't recall the last time I went there. It has been a few years.

I have a high end consignment shop I like that is a pleasure to shop at but it is small.

willdob31389196778.69310603 PostsRegistered 10/31/2010
On 1/7/2014 Wadzlla said:

I purchased a $400.00 Cynthia Rowley handbag for $4.99. Perfect condition. I don't think it was ever used.

You have to frequent your local second hand stores regularly to find the "good stuff". There are times when you find nothing, and other times you can find a treasure!

It is so nice to shop and not go broke.

I've had good luck finding quality handbags in great condition at consignment shops, too. The most I've paid was $18 for a D&B.

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