In normal times, how often do you shop at a thrift store?

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Just like at fast-food restaurants, at chain clothing stores you know what to expect. But what about when you’re in a small town in New Mexico and you come across a beautiful handmade jacket in a thrift shop. Wouldn’t you rather wear that than another jacket you found at TJ Maxx?

Thrift stores can be a great way to get to know the local community. It can be fun to see what the locals wear in areas of the country you might be unfamiliar with. Plus, name-brand clothing often shows up in perfect shape at a thrift shop. What’s better than a name-brand jacket at a bargain price?

Please tell us below how often you shop at a thrift store (of any kind).

Now is a great time to donate clothes. If you’re stuck inside, go through your closet and get rid of things you never or hardly ever wear. Find a drop-off location near you and donate those clothes and/or shoes. It’ll feel good!

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LiVan_Life
4 months ago

My friends have shopped at thrift stores for years, but not me. That is until I started volunteering at a local food bank that has a thrift store. I am still amazed at what is donated and have bought everything from clothes to small appliances and everything in between. Now I know why my friends love their excursions.

Cindy
4 months ago

Who wouldn’t want to save money by shopping at a thrift store? Though I have to admit 2 things. First, sometimes prices aren’t much better than new on sale (Goodwill) and second, you have to be careful not to buy every pretty thing you see. You will see lots of cool stuff but don’t be tempted to buy it all. Consider thrift shopping a cheap way to gamble. 😉

Gene Bjerke
4 months ago

Most of our trips to the Goodwill store are to donate stuff we don’t want. I once went there to buy a shirt for doing dirty work. The shirt I got was good enough for business work. Who knew?

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4 months ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

That reminds me of a trip (one of many) to the Goodwill to deliver a bunch of stuff from my sister’s estate. Just for kicks I went down an aisle that had sweaters and found an absolutely gorgeous one for a couple of bucks. Didn’t look like it had ever been worn, but there was no tag on it regarding what it was made of. I was sure it wasn’t wool, so threw it in the (cold) wash. It came out of the wash “toddler” sized. (Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?!) Anyway, I dried it and donated it right back to the Goodwill. Lesson learned. 😆 Diane

Gordy
4 months ago

Our local thrift shops (on the sunny shores of Lake Michigan) have asked that we hold off donations until COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Vanessa Einerson
4 months ago

Irv, I could have written this…..”anytime I donate, I come home buying more than I dropped off.”

“We too live in a well-off college town, I go every week or two. Lots of high quality almost new small appliances–probably received as gifts. Bread Machines, waffle makers, etc. Plus students donating things at the end of the school year.”

Missing our loop. Oh yes, we have one! The kids are gone, the stores are closed. The town currently feels sads.

We remain positive and think of the money we have saved. LOL

Irv
4 months ago

My wife complains that anytime I donate, I come home buying more than I dropped off.

When I lived in a well-off college town, I’d go every week or two. Lots of high quality almost new small appliances–probably received as gifts. Bread Machines, waffle makers, etc. Plus students donating things at the end of the school year.

I’m now living in a small poorer town and it’s hardly worth the stop.

Tommy Privette
4 months ago

Sorry, but for the last few days I have not seen the survey. Use to I would open the article and the survey would open, I would have an opportunity to vote and could see the results, now all I get is the comments.

tom
4 months ago

We prefer estate sales. Around here, they are half price on the last day. I once purchased a top of the line Brake Buddy for $50. Sold for $350.

Gman
4 months ago

Isn’t almost never the same as once in a blue moon.

Captn John
4 months ago

I don’t go to them other than to donate often. My wife on the other hand will check one out a few times a year. I know of 2 siblings that made money visiting them and garage sales and putting items bought on EBay. An adult male that his sole nice income is buying silverware and jewelry at shops. Some he resales and other items he melts for gold, silver, and gem value. He really knows what is grand what is junk.

Wayne Caldwell
4 months ago

We buy most of our shirts and blouses, and a lot of our grandkids’ clothes at thrift stores. As fast as the kids grow and as hard on their pants as they are, to us it is senseless to buy new.

Susan F
4 months ago

I am fortunate to have 3 thrift shops of varying size within walking distance of our winter base in Naples, FL. Great places to kick around on a rainy day. We have found not only clothing & accessories, but outdoor items we can use on our site. And I’ll say it…this is a moneyed area – people donate some really nice, gently used stuff that is sold at amazing prices!