I haven’t had a good rant on thrift stores for awhile. So, today is the day! In fact, I looked back to see the last time I posted about high priced thrift stores, and it was a year ago. Perhaps this time of year is particularly bad for finding good deals?
I recently visited 6 thrift stores in one day, and came home nearly empty handed. Those 6 stores included two Goodwill stores, American Council of the Blind Thrift Store, and 3 Peddler’s mall type stores…Peddler’s Mall Shively, Dixie Trading Post, and Vendor’s Village Valley Station. Those last three are the stores that have individual booths stocked by folks like you and me, but don’t have to man their booths. There is a central checkout.
The first Goodwill location is on the east side of town. It’s a good sized store, but it is overflowing with overpriced goods. I think a lot of us feel the same way. These goods are donated, and the money goes to a good cause. But I have to wonder, wouldn’t it be better if their prices were more reasonable and they sold more goods? I wasn’t looking for anything special. I’ve only purchased goods at this store a couple of times. I often wonder why I keep going back. The second Goodwill store was really no different. It is a smaller store, but still overflowing with overpriced items. Locally our Goodwill stores do not have any sales, no color of the day. We also don’t have a Goodwill outlet like some cities have.
American Council of the Blind is a small store that is also packed to the gills with items that make you wonder–who in the world chooses these prices? The good news is, they do have sales, colors of the day. Even so, I could find nothing that was worthy of coming home with me.
That leaves the three mall type stores. The first one was the Vendor’s Village. I have recently placed a few items there in a booth that I’m sharing with my niece for the month of August. I haven’t done very well there, I suppose the clientele is mostly looking for junk…after all that’s why I go there! I stopped in to tidy up our booth, so I only visited a few booths that I know generally have good deals. I found 3 vintage lamp shades that I picked up for Jamie.
The second mall store was Peddler’s Mall Shively. It is a huge store with lots of junk. I did pick up a cabinet door for a custom order I’m working on. Had I not needed it for that project, I would have passed because it was $3 over my limit. Seriously? one cabinet door for $8? But I’ve been needing it, so I paid the price. Actually I went to the checkout with two items. When the girl rang them up, she said $61 something!! I was like huh what? SIXTY ONE? She quoted me the price of the door, and the piano stool—49.99! WHOA! no way! Now, had you seen me in the booth checking out that piano stool– studying it, and trying to figure out if I could repair it, and justifying the price of $4.99 you would have laughed. I was NOT laughing. She must have thought I was crazy…well, I would have had to been crazy to pay 50 bucks for that piece of trash! I think I need to start wearing my glasses. I only wish I had taken a picture of it before I left it abandoned in the cart. So, I left with my $8 cabinet door.
One stop left, Dixie Trading Post. I don’t go there often, but I usually find something. On the second aisle, I found this bed. It was tucked way back behind a bunch of stuff. I couldn’t find a price sticker, only a sticker that said “as is, one leg needs work”. So, I pulled and tugged to get it out from behind all the other stuff. First, the foot board. NO price. So, I had to juggle a lot of stuff around to get out the much larger headboard. Upon close inspection I see a price of $10. hmmm still over my $5 limit. But, it’s two pieces…right? So that makes it okay to pay $10?
You can see the leg does need some work. I’m sure this will become a bench for my fall sale at Glendale. I would love to keep it stained…I’ve never done that before. But I’m not sure how I would repair all that damage without patching and painting.
So, there you have it, many hours and many miles, and that’s what I got. It was more than a little disappointing.
How are things with your thrifting? Do you find that the prices have become too high? Do you think it’s because we buy them for resale and they have figured us out?
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