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I love thrift stores, too, but don't go as much as I used to. I particularly like to hit the book sections. I recently got two books at The Salvation Army from the #1 Detective Agency Series. I also like to look at the clothes and have gotten some nice Alfred Dunner tops at different times. (That's my style fashion, since I'm an older lady.) They are expensive if you buy them new--such as $50 for a top.
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I get decent scores at thrift stores. Recent purchases have been various gym clothes for max of $4/piece, penguin originals shoes for $4, a working Sega Genesis and 7 carts including two controllers and the cables ("Sonic and knuckles," "micro machines" and vectorman 2) for $30, a 40 watt X4 Lloyd's am/fm/dual-cassette receiver for $10, and a pair of sbl70's for $12. I plan to sell the audio equipment when I can bring myself to do it. I have a buyer.
A friend grabbed an RCA turntable/am/fm receiver with matching speakers for $10.

Score after score my friend! I was literally going "oh man!" after each one and my wife was like "what's going on!?" I let her read the post and she had the same reaction!
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I love thrift stores, too, but don't go as much as I used to. I particularly like to hit the book sections. I recently got two books at The Salvation Army from the #1 Detective Agency Series. I also like to look at the clothes and have gotten some nice Alfred Dunner tops at different times. (That's my style fashion, since I'm an older lady.) They are expensive if you buy them new--such as $50 for a top.
Thank you for sharing! That sounds like a great deal! Way to go I'll have to check out the book sections from now on. My wife and I love to read and I bet you can find some really rare ones!
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I LOVE thrift stores.I would much rather buy clothes that have already been washed and worn than brand new ones because I know they shouldn't shrink anymore.I have found way too many good deals to think of any specific ones right now though.

I DO definitely wash everything I buy though,usually at least 2-4 times before wearing.that's because I worked at Goodwill at one time and after some of the things I saw no way would I put something on and wear it out of the store.Many ppl think clothing is washed and it's not.
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My favourite thrifty buy was a $400 Le Crueset roaster I got new in the box for $5. Obviously the pricer had no clue what it was.

In my mother's last days she was delusional and always in a state of dementia. Dad used to take her for her weekly treat to the big local thrift store which she loved - likely because the older items evoked memories for her. She would buy stuff and forget about it when she got home and dad would donate it back. There were multiple occasions she kept re-buying the same thing over and over again.

I have a friend with her own 're-liked retro and vintage' shop and she does quite well and manages to still give a lot to charity by paying herself only a minimal living wage.

I do try to stay away from the big chains myself though, like Value Village which is even on the stock exchange earning billions in profit for share holders giving very little for charity.

I encourage you then to check the charitable status Vs for profit status of the bigger chains before you donate or purchase. Perhaps instead deal directly with the little mom and pop operations which turn over a portion of their gains to local charitable organisations. You would be surprised about the Salvation Army too.

Surprises you might find are organisations which make money for charities only on the weight of recycled fabric.

I myself donate to the local Cummunity Living which provides people with cognitive disabilities jobs and will in turn resale on a sliding scale or even give away furniture and kitchen stuff in addition to clothing to those actually in need.
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I enjoy thrifting, though I donít go nearly as much as I used to. Last time I went I found a pair of 7 For All Man Kind jeans. Not a purchase I would make in a regular store. The tags were still on and they are my favorite pair of jeans.
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My favourite thrifty buy was a $400 Le Crueset roaster I got new in the box for $5. Obviously the pricer had no clue what it was.

In my mother's last days she was delusional and always in a state of dementia. Dad used to take her for her weekly treat to the big local thrift store which she loved - likely because the older items evoked memories for her. She would buy stuff and forget about it when she got home and dad would donate it back. There were multiple occasions she kept re-buying the same thing over and over again.

I have a friend with her own 're-liked retro and vintage' shop and she does quite well and manages to still give a lot to charity by paying herself only a minimal living wage.

I do try to stay away from the big chains myself though, like Value Village which is even on the stock exchange earning billions in profit for share holders giving very little for charity.

I encourage you then to check the charitable status Vs for profit status of the bigger chains before you donate or purchase. Perhaps instead deal directly with the little mom and pop operations which turn over a portion of their gains to local charitable organisations. You would be surprised about the Salvation Army too.

Surprises you might find are organisations which make money for charities only on the weight of recycled fabric.

I myself donate to the local Cummunity Living which provides people with cognitive disabilities jobs and will in turn resale on a sliding scale or even give away furniture and kitchen stuff in addition to clothing to those actually in need.
I am so happy to hear from you, @WishfulThinker66.

I agree with you that it's important to look at the structure of the organizations and their charitable status before committing to shopping with them. The main three where I like to shop is the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and the Volunteers of America. I support all three of these organizations because of their commitments to the homeless population in my city as well as their focus nationwide. They also sponsor drug rehabs, metal health clinics, and services including assistance for the less privileged in my area. I am incredibly grateful for this and I even have a few friends who have gone through a rehab program through one of these organizations and believe that it saved their life. There is also an organization that has the sole purpose of providing jobs to those who otherwise wouldn't be able to or would have a very hard time finding work (felons or those who we're convicted of retail theft for example).

Overall, I think shopping at these stores is a hug win for everyone involved!
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I enjoy thrifting, though I donít go nearly as much as I used to. Last time I went I found a pair of 7 For All Man Kind jeans. Not a purchase I would make in a regular store. The tags were still on and they are my favorite pair of jeans.
Fantastic! That is A SERIOUS score, my friend.
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I like going to thrift stores too. I like buying vintage vinyl records there. One of the last times I went there I bought a giant stack of vintage vinyl for about 3 dollars.
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I do like thrift stores. It's generally what I can afford and I always feel good finding a good score. Also thrifts stores around here honestly have really good styles and unique things. I go home, wash it, I'm good to go.
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