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Old 09-28-2012, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Wondering about local thrift stores... went to a couple up on Caldwell Blvd yesterday (Goodwill and the Idaho Ranch thing next door) and was shocked at how high prices were on used clothing, 2x to 4x as high as I'm used to, even lately coming from otherwise-expensive SoCal!! Anyone got a preferred good-deal store? Mostly I'm looking for outdoor work clothes (farm type stuff) and misc. kitchenware (being my whole house is in storage).
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:27 PM
 
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I was always partial to the Idaho Youth Ranch on Chinden. I found shirts from North Face, Columbia, Old Navy, Cutter & Buck and other high end brands for $3-$5 a shirt. A good chunk of my outdoor wardrobe for hiking and climbing I found at the Youth Ranch. Deseret Industries usually has a good selection as well but they tend to be a few bucks more per item than the Youth Ranch.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:40 PM
 
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The workers who price the stuff are to blame more than the specific store. Most have very little managerial oversight; since they rely on donations they don't care about markup as it's all pure profit.
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Hi Pops.. yeah, I've seen the problem occasionally... employee thinks something is worth an arm and a leg so that's the price.

Grmi, I but vaguely know where Chinden is I'm over toward Nampa, tho if I get over that way I'll see if I can find it!
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:36 PM
 
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I've noticed very high prices at the Youth Ranch on Overland near Latah, and the one on Orchard just south of Emerald. The one on Orchard didn't used to be that bad, but I've noticed the prices went way up a few months ago.

I see some decent stuff in ReStore at Hillcrest (Overland and Orchard).

Along the same lines, has anyone noticed that so many estate sales are now done by a professional company, and their prices are extremely high. I went to one where there was a bunch of fabric they wanted $3 for pieces less than a yard, then more for larger pieces. Seriously? $3 for a scrap of fabric?
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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One problem I've noticed in other states, when some part of town is relatively impoverished, thrift store prices tend to be quite a lot higher than they are in more affluent areas of the same city or region. Anyone notice the same thing hereabouts?
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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Try the Assistance League in Garden City, I have found their prices to be really good
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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The noob in town doesn't even know where Garden City is
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Boise
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Try the Macy's clearance center in Karcher mall. The wifes current favorite. When we really want to get good deals we go to the Goodwill in Meridian on Fairview and get the 50% off tags. They also have special sales when everything is 50% off. I spent about $60 there at the last 50% off everything sale and am set for a couple of years with lots of name brand clothes. But.......no matter how many clothes the wife has she always manages to find a "need" for more. But it is a very cheap way to keep her happy so I just
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho
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The WCA Thrift Store downtown at 8th & Washington is the best for women's clothing. Both St. Vincent DePauls--on on State between Collister & Glenwood and the other on Broadway near Iowa--are great for clothing and household goods.
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