Thrift shops

Do you shop in thrift shops?

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    • #652811
      Summer Thyme
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      Registered On: June 7, 2022
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      I get most of my clothes at Goodwill, Salvation Army or Savers. The price of the clothes being so inexpensive its kind of dangerous while shopping. I have over 100 dresses. not sure but a lot of shoes. My shoe must of come from the gurls at purge. I wear a womens size 12 and most of the shoes I get look like they were never worn or they have only been on carpet.

      Another great place where I get my clothes from is Torrid and alway shop the clearance section.

      Don’t be afraid to go to one of these stores and get/try on cute clothes no matter how you are dress. Just be confident and not creepy. With confidence you will have a very pleaserable experance.

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      Catharine Connall
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      Yes, love them. My first dress, skirt, jewellery, blazer and ladies pants all came from a thrift store. I have many dresses and a few skirts from there, some shoes too.

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      Stephanie York
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      I have. There used to be a local resale store that catered to tall and plus size ladies. The owner was TG friendly. Sadly they went out of business.

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      Revel
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      Yes! I love shopping in them, and finding a deal. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Some of my hats and dresses were bought in thrift shops. It’s amazing what some people want to get rid of and donate.

      One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. 🙂

      Rev

    • #650722
      Rayna Carlian
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      TBH, I started shopping thrift shops to get a feel for my taste and sizes. That way I could try stuff on the cheap.

      I found some courage and started shopping stores like Kohls and Macy’s and they have great return policies if things didn’t fit while dressing rooms were closed for covid.

      Now that dressing rooms are open, I try things on in the store and only return if the Mrs tells me she hates something.

      Thanks

      xoxo

      Rayna

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      Marcie Rhodes
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      Recently I just picked up a pair of leather, ladies, dress pants. They were in like new condition I have seen pants like these in high fashion stores for approximately $400 to $500.
      This was at a thrift store in Canada called “Value Village” I only paid $32.00 and thought I really had a steal.

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      Wendy Swift
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      I’m the oddball in responses, but I used to shop at thrift stores but no longer.

      I usually don’t find anything that tickles my fancy, and when there is something nice, sizing is just way too small.

      True, pricing is second to none.  However, all the stuff I bought from thrift stores have been re – donated again.

       

    • #650643
      Brenda-Leigh Doucette
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      Oh yes! I LOVE shopping at thrift shops! There is one special Goodwill store on the other side of town that i frequent regularly. It has a wonderful array of tops, dresses, skirts, material for veils and other delightful things. That is my first option.

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        Elle Jonson
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        I’m especially partial to consignment stores. If you’re ever near Erie, PA, check out the Sassy Peacock. A simply amazing selection of classy dresses, skirts, tops, handbags, belts, jewelry, etc. A veritable paradise for any stylush girl.

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      Deborah Sullivan
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      Registered On: February 27, 2020
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      No reason to be buying things that don’t fit. Most thrift shops here like salvation army or goodwill have dressing rooms so dont be afraid to try things on there before purchasing. I just take a bunch of items in and draw the curtain or close the door and never a hassle.

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        Peggy Sue Williams
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        Deborah,

        You are fortunate to have Goodwill dressing rooms open in the LA area?

        Goodwill dressing rooms here in the metro Atlanta area have not been open going into the 3rd year.  At first, it was for health reasons.  Now it is because of labor shortage issues.  Labor issues also cause long lines at check out and huge piles of donated goods at the donation receiving location.

        On a positive note, there is a return policy which allows for clothing items to be returned with attached tags and a receipt within seven days of the sale, for a gift card only.

         

         

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          Deborah Sullivan
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          Oh my Peggy that sounds dreadful. Hopefully that will end soon. I just love looking at retro clothing in these shops but always walk out having bought something like tops or skirts. Still looking for that wedding dress in my size now.

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      Lea
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      Always for my fem stuff! Shoes are about the only item I end up buying new because it’s hard to find my size at thrift shops. I can’t resist the dollar rack or color tag sales.

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      Krista
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      Hi Kerri
      I shop in thrift shops less frequently now then when I first started buying femme clothing. I’m a lot more picky now in what I buy. But when I first started, thrift shops were the perfect place to try sizes and learn about femme clothing. And I learned my lesson early on about the no return policy. So a few early purchases were just donated back to the thrift shop, no big deal. But pretty quickly I learned (and overcame my fear) that if an item was a questionable size, then I try it on in the store before I buy it. I admit my first couple of times in the change room, I was sweating from nerves; but now it isn’t a big deal to go into the change room. I did it last week buying femme Levis at Walmart. It helps when a store has uni-sex change rooms.
      Have a wonderful week, Hugs, Krista🐶

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      Jin Crocker
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      Registered On: November 15, 2019
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      We always find some of the most intersting things in a thrift shop, clothing, books, kitchenware. Many clothing items locally can be returned withing 3 days. We normally hit the fitting rooom before checkout so seldom have a problem. If we do find something not quite right, we donate it right back and get a tax deduction.

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      Christine Relleum
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      Registered On: March 1, 2020
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      I shop so often at Savers that I have a loyalty account, which gives you a 20% discount once you reach $100 in purchases as well as periodic sales events via email. Tuesdays are senior days when those of us 55+ get 30% off, plus you get coupons when you donate. Occasionally the register tape prints a survey code which once completed online gets you a coupon as well. Pre-COVID-19 I would freely utilize the dressing rooms to narrow down my selections or simply snap selfies, but those rooms were closed when the chain reopened several months in and eventually were removed altogether, so now they have a 14 day exchange policy on clothing and shoes. I have been to other thrift stores but only a few of them are worth the bother and they don’t have the variety that Savers does. There are certain things that I buy new but a majority of my wardrobe has come from Savers.

      Christine

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      Jenny Liu
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      Registered On: January 27, 2022
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      A definite YES!  One reason is that as a working adult, I don’t have additional budget for Jenny’s stuff.  The other reason is that I get many choices when shopping at thrift shops, especially at Bealls (good price with many options) when I was still living in Florida.  Since I moved up to the mid-Atlantic area, I am still trying to search for similar outlets.  If anyone of you know, please share.  Thanks!

       

      Jenny

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    • #649781
      Alicen Thairms
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      Registered On: July 15, 2019
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      I buy nearly all of my clothes at Charity shops; some do returns.  I usually try things out if they don’t fit me or work for me then I donate them back…

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      Holly Morris
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      Registered On: April 15, 2022
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      I LOVE thrift shops!! And resale shops, and Goodwill, and consignment shops, and…

      In other words, I LOVE shopping!

      But of course I love getting amazing deals on wonderful styles and fashions, so shopping in thrift stores has definitely yielded some amazing buys over the years. It always shocks me how some women seem to discard dresses, heels, jewelry and more after only wearing them once (okay, maybe a few times), but that means it’s a better deal for me! I’ve purchased literally everything from lingerie to dresses and heels, jewelry and accessories in thrift shops. The main ting is to look carefully, make sure they’re not damaged, make sure they’re clean, and then clean them again when you get home. I’ve done that and have never had any problems.

      Hugs,

      Holly

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      Fiona Black
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      I do but not that often. The Goodwill stores around here are pretty crappy and there’s only two other thrift stores to choose from, both with small selections. I usually shop at Macy’s, Kohl’s or TJ Maxx.

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    • #649612
      Marg Produe
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      Registered On: March 16, 2022
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      Hi Kerri and other ladies,  Thanks for this topic and all the interesting comments.  I’m a regular (about 2 shops a week) picker.  I shop for myself and for my business.  In winter I work as a woman’s costumer so I’m always looking for material, clothes, styles, costumes etc.  I carry a tape measure on my key chain to help size up my finds.  If something doesn’t work out, I just give it to a friend or re-donate it since many stores now have limited returns due to Covid.  I figure that I pay such a small price for my items compared to buying them new that I can afford the loss if something just doesn’t work out.  I have had some rude experiences in shops too, especially ones run by some more conservative groups.  I see this as sort of a bartenders grudge match and I am not about to blink first.  I state that I am a regular business customer and my buying is my business.  When I first started out many years ago I would buy old gowns and usually get comments, sometimes nice and sometimes mean.  Then, I truthfully explained that I was a beginning costumer and needed to study and practice on garments that I could afford to ruin (and I ruined a lot when I was a beginner).   So, perhaps  you want to learn to sew and your cart is filled with practice items.  Halloween is a big deal for costumers but we buy all year long to be ready for the requests.  So another common reply was that I was in charge Halloween costumes and these items would be prepared or modified in time for the celebration and if I waited until then there would be no selection (which also is the truth).   Sometimes I would be stopped at the counter and questioned by nosey customers or cashiers.  A typical comment would  be “oh that’s a lovely bra, what are you going to do with it?”),  And I would just reply “well,  I’m going to cut it up and use the frame to be placed in an evening gown and the colored straps will repair a cocktail dress, oh, and this top I’m going try to tie dye”.  That usually shuts everyone up or starts a friendly conversation.  When I am out I regularly run into competitors who are picking too.  Many times they are buying for their own resale operations (like Ebay, Etsy and Posh).  So it is not unusual for a couple to be working as a team with a man pushing a cart loaded with women’s clothes while the woman picks but sometimes the man just works alone.  These types can be quite pushy.  It’s all business to them.  So make sure you have a cart and immediately put anything that you think you might buy into the cart or else it’s fair game.    So that’s my take on dealing with the rigors of thrifting.  Just hum the Star Trek Theme and be bold and go where no thrifter has gone before.  Safe Journey, Marg

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    • #649604
      Stephenie Derick
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      We have two great thrift shop here in the LA area.  They are called Out of the Closet.  The are perfect for slightly shall we say “off center” clothes.  I love going there.

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    • #649603
      Foxy Femme
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      I mostly buy through thrift stores. New clothing ain’t cheap and it lets me try out a lot of garments I otherwise wouldn’t have. I would assume most people just think I’m shopping for my wife, which to be fair I’m also doing that too

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      Mona
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      Katie Plowright
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      I would if the staff around my area were not so judgemental. Twice I’ve been browsing the ladies size 12 section and had an officious volunteer has basically been very rude that I should not be in that section. It’s the price to be in a rural community but seems to be the norm for the whole area.

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      Requal Joanne
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      I am well known in my community, especially at the local thrift shop (which we call opportunity shops ((Opshops for short)) down under), so I cannot shop there.   I have seen may a good buy the Requal would enjoy wearing while visiting the opshop.  I have even donated some of Requal’s older clothing, passing them off as my wife’s.   There are no other shops closer to me.

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    • #649525
      Michelle McQueen
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      Like many CD’s I’ve shopped in thrift stores for years. Some are very friendly while some ran by church groups can be negative experiences.

      Thrift stores are great for inexpensively figuring out your sizes and most will take returns with receipts or you can just re-donate them back for the charity. Also you can find great deals on really nice clothes. Among other stuff I’ve found nice leather coats and skirts that fit perfectly.

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      Donna Cooper
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      Yes, I have found several memorable outfits and special pieces at thrift stores, and while the styles may not be the most current, some of the many classic pieces and outfits are enduring and are still trendy. I simply adore discovering a piece that has the delicate scent of the prior owner embedded in the fabric… imagining the way she wore it at various events and daily activities, and how it made her feel. Upscale boutiques are also a place where I have been able to find an outfit or piece that makes me feel very special.

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      Alison Anderson
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      I’ve shopped in Goodwill a few times.  I found a long red skirt which I paired with a green top and white scarf as a belt for an Italian party.  I bought a denim skirt. I bought a formal 3 piece outfit (skirt, shell, jacket).  My biggest bargin was finding a red wool trench coat for about $14.00. Even used it’s got to be worth more than that. It’s nice for a more formal outting.

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      Peggy Sue Williams
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      The Atlanta metro area has several thrift stores operating under various names, most popular is probably the Goodwill stores, since they operate the largest in size and number of thrift stores in this area.

      I am amazed at some of the brand name labels I often find on Goodwill clothing racks, and my wife has made many beautiful jewelry purchases.

      Various discounts on certain days (senior, color tag, military, etc.), can add additional savings.

      In our area, the dressing rooms remain closed, due to a shortage of labor, but purchases are returnable during a seven day window (with receipt), for gift cards only.

       

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      Trish White
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      Hi Kerry, I love shopping at thrift shops. Some of the nicest dresses I own have come from there. I have about 6 dresses from thrift shops and they are among my faves. I have 3 summer dresses and 3 club dresses that are just gorgeous, especially a pink lace off the shoulder dress. I have pics of it posted on my public photos, check it out. I also bought a pair of grey knee high boots ($10) and a pair of brand new dusty rose Just Fab booties ($15) that I bought from thrift stores. Thanks for the post.

      Love,

      Trish

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      Brittney Andrews
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      I always enjoy checking out thrift, second hand/resell, vintage, and charity shops; even though at times it is feast or famine, due to almost all items are “one and onlys”. No multiples or the full range of sizes; you could find the perfect dress, but it’s not your size and it’s the only one in the store. I’ve been fortunate to find some lovely choices.

      As always; know what size fits your figure and try things on in the “dressing rooms” if you can. If you can’t return an item, just donate it to another store.

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      Jessica Ann Flowers
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      Hello, Ladies:

      This girl shops in thrift shops all of the time. I love it. While some thrift stores in my area have a better selection than others, I find all of them have enough selection where I can more time than not find something that appeal to my tastes. And you can’t beat the prices. I can’t tell you just how many pairs of good condition Gloria Vanderbilt jeans that I have found in my size in the thrift stores I frequent. Usually at two to three dollars, I just can’t help myself to snatch up every pair that I find,

       

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