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Old 08-05-2013, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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I only recently started shopping at thrift stores, but it seems like the prices are somewhat expensive. The main thing I've been shopping for are pairs of jeans. I shop at a local thrift store and they do have a lot of brand name jeans that typically are priced $6-7, some a little more if it's an expensive brand. I thought it was a little much, but better than buying brand new for $30-$50 and they were in good condition. I noticed the furniture here was very overpriced. $275 for a little breakfast table and chairs that probably didn't cost that much new.

Today I went to Goodwill and the same type of jeans there were going for $10-12. Definitely pricey to me. I did take a look at their furniture and it was a little cheaper, but not by much.

Do you notice this at your local thrift stores or Goodwill?

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Old 08-05-2013, 08:12 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Yes, women's shirts are now $5.99 unless it's some brand they think is special and then it's more. A down vest was $25.00 and some men's shirts are $27 depending upon the brand. I haven't noticed the furniture prices going much higher than before.

I walked out of one thrift store and went to a T.J. Maxx type of place and paid just a little more for something new. I do well in the real stores with sales too.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Yes, women's shirts are now $5.99 unless it's some brand they think is special and then it's more. A down vest was $25.00 and some men's shirts are $27 depending upon the brand. I haven't noticed the furniture prices going much higher than before.

I walked out of one thrift store and went to a T.J. Maxx type of place and paid just a little more for something new. I do well in the real stores with sales too.
It's funny you say that. There's a T.J. Maxx right by Goodwill and I bought a nice brand name shirt there new for the same price Goodwill was selling a lot of their shirts.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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not all that much, esp the furniture. But the local ones don't really sell a lot of furniture, mostly a few shelves and such. Rarely stuffed furniture (sofas, chairs, etc). I assume because of the decontamination laws.

Don't forget too that these organizations use their money to help other people. How much of course depends on the charity and bears investigation.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Beachwood, OH
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Blame Macklemore, IMO.
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:16 AM
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Location: in the miseries
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Very pricy. I decided for a few pennies more I could buy new.
And not worry about bed bugs which can be in anything.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:39 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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Blame Macklemore, IMO.
LOL right!

I am noticing an increase too.

For jeans for my kids I will pay the higher price but that's because they all wear hard to find sizes (one son is skinny with LONG legs, another heavy set with short legs, and our daughter is in pre-teen plus sizes) and certain brands/cuts fit best so if I come across those in the thrifts, I'll pay even if they are asking what I think is too much.

Sometimes eBay is a better deal though in that regard and I can search from home.

When it comes to thrifting to re-sell stuff, I have to dig deeper and hit yard sales, go to the smaller thrifts that are run by churches and so forth, to get good enough deals to make it worth the trouble.
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:35 PM
 
Location: USA
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Yes they are high. Seems they have forgotten they're selling used items and many are a non-profit corporation
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Old 08-06-2013, 03:48 PM
 
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Yes. They've caught on that a lot of people are shopping there and then reselling on eBay. For a higher price. So they mark it up to get a little bit of that profit.

But that means it might sit there longer, till they mark it back down, too. Frankly, if they want to take advantage of eBay prices , then do the eBay work.

But by far the worst thing we've seen (and reported) is shoplifting. Shoplifting at a thrift store seems way more wrong than shoplifting at a retail store.
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:33 PM
 
Location: San Marcos, TX
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Yes. They've caught on that a lot of people are shopping there and then reselling on eBay. For a higher price. So they mark it up to get a little bit of that profit.

But that means it might sit there longer, till they mark it back down, too. Frankly, if they want to take advantage of eBay prices , then do the eBay work.

But by far the worst thing we've seen (and reported) is shoplifting. Shoplifting at a thrift store seems way more wrong than shoplifting at a retail store.
I agree 100% with that!

I sell that stuff on eBay, and the advantage to the buyer is that they don't have to go digging through 1000 pairs of jeans or whatever. Furthermore, I still have to inspect the item with a fine toothed comb and if I am not super careful before leaving the store with my stuff, I take a loss when I find that the 'great find' that the thrift store priced high because they recognize the name brand is actually damaged somewhere that wasn't obvious. They certainly don't do the kind of inspection work I have to do to sell on eBay.
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