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Old 12-08-2014, 12:57 PM
Location: DFW/Texas
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I live in So Cal and for the life of me cannot find a decent thrift store around that doesn't charge an arm and a leg for USED goods. I like to hunt down pieces of furniture and lamps and paint and distress them to give them a new look but the stores around me charge SO MUCH for pieces. It's honestly ridiculous! For example, the average price I find for a lamp base at thrift stores is $25-35- I can get a brand new lamp base for that or less! There are 2 Goodwill stores in my city and I actually found a brand-new item with the original price tag of $6 (which actually was an item that I own and bought at Wal-mart for $4) and the new "used" price was $10!! The dumba%^%s left the original price tag on and put the new, HIGHER price tag right next to it! LOL! I am all for supporting local causes but I refuse to pay so much for things that are used.

Items like coffee mugs will average at $2-4 a piece, picture frames go for $5-15 and glassware is often priced like they are brand new, too. I don't get it?? Are the thrift stores where you live priced accordingly?
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Old 12-08-2014, 04:35 PM
Location: Tyler, TX
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I don't usually see prices that are unreasonable or unusually high when I visit a thrift store. Sometimes something will be too high, but keep in mind, these places buy large lots of stuff and use best-guess pricing while stocking their shelves. They're not experts on the value of every single item that could possibly end up on their shelves, and you can ALWAYS negotiate - that's not something reserved just for houses and cars.
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Old 12-08-2014, 08:16 PM
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What I dont really like is going to a thrift store and getting BEAUTIFUL MEDIA (Stuff I consider to be superior) for almost NOTHING!!! (I feel like I am stealing it and it makes me feel bad to be frank!!)

1 near me sells

Records for 89 cents (33s) .. 29 cents for 45s
Cassettes for 30 cents
VHS for 59 cents

I really would love to pay MUCH HIGHER! (Im sorry if people dont understand.... You gotta have stuff YOU REALLY VALUE before ya can )
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