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Do you like thrift stores?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (37325points) February 3rd, 2023

I actually love them. My favorite is Savers. They benefit the Kidney Foundation and other charities. I like it, because they actually sort the clothes by size.

On my last trip there, I found 2 brand new shirts. One was a Zara shirt that still had the price tag on it. I got it for $20. The other was a linen shirt with little pink flamingoes from Saks no less with the price tag still on it that I paid $15 for.

I’ve bought all kinds of stuff at thrift stores. I don’t buy jeans anywhere else. I bought my water bottle that I keep on my desk at work at Savers. It’s a good one. I think I paid a couple of bucks for it.

If you’re not familiar with the American English term thrift store, it means a second hand store. People donate clothing and household items that they don’t need or want anymore, and the store sells it and gives some of the money to charity.

I haven’t been, but there’s a famous thrift store in West Hollywood, a predominantly gay city, called Out of the Closet. My friend shopped there all the time.

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gondwanalon's avatar

I use to go to thrift stores frequently and buy stuff. Nowadays I like them to donate stuff to.

zenvelo's avatar

I don’t shop for clothes at thrift stores, but it is the best place to get garden stuff, glassware and other non electronic kitchen stuff. My girlfriend loves going to them in obscure places.

I bought a pair of dressy wool slacks at a thrift store back in the late 70s that paired well with a blue blazer, they were my dress up date night pants for about five years.

There is an Out of the Closet in San Francisco too. It is actually a chain of thrift shops.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I like getting cheap textbooks from GoodWill and Value Village.

Acrylic's avatar

I get most of our clothes from Good Will and books from used book store since library is temporarily closed. Can afford Target or whatever, but I like my clothes and stuff used, just like my cars.

KRD's avatar

Yea. Stuff like My Best Friends Closet or Good Will are nice to visit.

chyna's avatar

Yes. They are really fun to browse around in. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I love to read about someone buying a coat with money in the pocket, or a picture that turns out to be a Rembrandt.

JLeslie's avatar

I used to go when my dad was in town. He used to scout for books (he was a used books dealer).

I don’t mind them as long as they aren’t in a terrible part of town. When I lived in the Memphis area, one location I was afraid I could get shot in the parking lot, and probably it was a real possibility. We never went back to that one.

The Goodwill where I live now is fine, and I’ve been in it a few times. Not really my gig, but I have no problem with second hand items in general. I get and give items in the “buy nothing” Facebook group in my area. I like that better.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Love them. I buy all my clothes at Goodwill.
And the reasons @chyna stated.

filmfann's avatar

I don’t mind them. I often get dishes and movies there.

longgone's avatar

Love them. There’s one I like especially because it’s full of little trinkets. I want to take my baby sisters there (they’re four and six) and blow their minds by letting them pick out lots of little toys with a few euros.

A few weeks ago, I left my coat at a friend’s house. By the time I noticed, I was too far away to retrieve it. I was on my way to do some Christmas shopping, so I went to a thrift store hoping to find a coat to just wear for a couple of hours. I figured it didn’t matter if I liked it, I just wanted to be warm.

I found four items that all look brand-new, for a total of twenty euros:

1) a grey wool coat I legitimately love
2) a very warm coat that happened to perfectly fit my husband, whose old winter coat was falling apart
3) really comfortable jeans
4) Pip Studio bedding I’ve been wanting for a decade or so

I need to go back there!

raum's avatar

I loved thrift stores in college. I had a pretty comprehensive list of all the thrift stores in the Bay Area. As far north as Santa Rosa and down to San Jose. I had favorite stores for clothing. And other stores for housewares. Each store kind of had its own personality.

I still go to thrift stores. But it’s harder to find really good stuff these days. There’s way more competition than 25 years ago. And many of the stores are bloated with fast fashion (like H&M, Old Navy, etc.)

Don’t get me wrong. I shop at both of those places for my kids. But it’s not what I’m hunting for at a thrift store.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Score @longgone!! You, @Chyna and me gotta get together!!

jca2's avatar

I love them. I don’t buy clothes for myself from them but a few weeks ago, my daughter picked out three items, totalling 20 dollars, and one of the items was a hoodie made in the US, which, as anybody knows, its hard to find clothes made in the US.

I like them for the thrill of the hunt. I like to get knick-knacky stuff. You never know what you’ll find. Once in a while, I’ll pick up a book or two.

There’s a Habitat for Humanity Restore near here and I see great furniture there all the time. If I needed a house to furnish, I’d get half of the furniture from there. You could paint it and make it look like something different if you don’t like the finish. I bought two Drexel Heritage end tables from there, like 20 dollars each. They’re made in the 70s and will last forever. They’ll outlive me. Also, I bought a “sugar bin” made by another American company there, and it also is made really well.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I love the hunt too @jca2.l

jca2's avatar

I was going to also say any time I need a vase, like if I’m giving a friend flowers for a birthday or other special occasion, you can find glass vases at thrift stores for a dollar or two. You can put them in the dishwasher and they come out looking like new. Also, mason jars for food storage, same thing – put them in the dishwasher and they’re like brand new, for a dollar or two.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I wish I had my old pictures back so I could show my thrift treasures

jca2's avatar

There are groups on FB where people post their finds from thrift stores. Also groups where people post their thrift store renovated stuff (where they take old crappy furniture and paint it or cut it up into other stuff like taking an armoire and making a coffee bar out of it). The old furniture is usually made really well – solid wood, great hinges and hardware, really solid stuff.

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