Sunday, February 05, 2012

ARE THRIFT STORES ON THE RISE?

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You want how much for that? I've noticed some rather odd activity at my favorite places to thrift. I'm guessing it's happening elsewhere as I've overheard a few close friends mention it in their hometowns too. Even the Goodwill's here are pricing dresses starting at $9.99 which seems a little cuckoo to me. I can buy new at Target for less than this. I mean, people donate these things to thrift stores and then they price it so high, to what? Make tons of money. Really? Such a major turn off in my opinion. Sadly, Friday I noticed more of the same. I went out over lunch, and though I did manage to find a few treasures (which I'll share in my next post) the rest of it I had to pass on for now. So why do you think prices are becoming unruly, is buying vintage the next big thing? Please note that this post isn't to a be a downer about thrifting, because I love the hunt, but to show you that when I'm out looking it's not always butterflies and rainbows. Happy Sunday!
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11 comments:

  1. I think thrift store are adjusting their prices: in part because its a style trend, and in part because of the economy. The popularity means that people who don't necessarily need to thrift are hitting the stores, so the stores are trying to catch the wave by raising prices on things they think are appealing to that crowd {& the web is full of "thrifting guides" that show what things are collectible...which I always found odd, because one should just collect what one likes...but I digress. And then the economy being down means that donations to charity organizations who run a great deal of thrift stores are also down-- so they raise prices to make up the difference :)

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  2. I haven't really noticed that at places like Goodwill but Ive seen that happening at the smaller trendier vintage shops and antique malls, for sure. When I sold vintage it was always so frustrating because I would find great things but they were priced at a level where I just wouldn't have been able to make any money, so I always had to pass. I definitely think vintage is on the rise and it seems like sellers are all doing more research into the history and value of what they're selling instead of just picking a price and slapping a sticker on it. It looks like a lot of the items above were found in an antique mall or something of the sort. My guess is they just know what people will want and price it accordingly. That being said, in most cases the prices are still unreasonable. And it's those items that never seem to leave the shelf at my usual spots. Such a shame when someone would gladly give those treasures a good home!

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  3. Those prices seem a bit high to me. I usually only go to value village. They know when something is rare they keep it at the front and it's a bit mroe pricey. One time I found these two awesome owl paintings. $50 each. Which was crazy!

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  4. I love thrifting, but yes, prices have been on the rise. I've been annoyed by my local Goodwill lately because they have half price day almost every Friday. However, the prices seem to have doubled to make up for that. ie. a used mug priced at $3.99 ?!?
    I also have to laugh when they get brands like Ikea and price the item higher than what Ikea sells it for. If they were on the Price is Right, they would definitely lose the showcase by overbidding.

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  5. I have noticed this too. Particularly at Goodwill! The only day of the month I will shop there is on 1/2 price day. But even then, not so much. And on top of that, the one near my house has become SO junky! I hate shopping in dirty, trashy stores and then on top of it be expected to pay a ridiculous price for something someone else has already used or worn. I'm with you. What is going on??

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  6. I'm not much of a thrifter but this does really surprise me -- more and more people are looking at thrift stores and they probably can make good money exploiting that. Pretty sad though!

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  7. I've noticed this too. I don't get it, I'm not paying the same amount for used that I could buy new.

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  8. Its nuts really! I've been saying the same thing for some time now. The thing is as you said, people donate that stuff and those prices seems to be like they want to take advantage of the hunters. :/

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  9. Oh totally! My local Goodwill's have frames priced at $3.99 when I can get them a local super market for a mere $3. Clothing pricing is out of control, and I assume it is because it's the new "hot" thing. Can someone please say something to these thrift stores, please?!

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  10. I also wonder about the pricing since they are getting donations. When I was growing up and we were poor, my mom would take us to the thrifts because it was affordable. I think it should still be that way! There are people out there that can't afford other places, not just us thrifting vintage ladies, you know? I get that maybe they see something they know is valuable (like I saw an original wooden Little People set-die!) and they price it vintage. But the St. Vincents here prices their ugly furniture at like $100 for a ratty old couch! Do not get that...

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  11. So I'm not the only one noticing this crazy trend, and it looks like most of you agree with me that it's nuts and happening everywhere.

    Amber like you my mom shopped the thrift for our clothing growing up and it makes me kinda worried about the people who actually depend on places like this for their general needs. I sadly saw one dad shopping with his kiddos a bit back telling them no they couldn't buy something cause cause he didn't have enough to afford it. which broke my heart hearing this.

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