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Feb 12, 2018 17:14:41   #
anngie
 
What are your favorite thrift stores? Here we have Goodwill and the Salvation Army. They’re few and far between too. I took a drive to visit one of my favorite Goodwill stores only to find it had closed. I’ve found such neat things at these stores. At the store that closed I once found a Longaberger wicker basket for $.99! What were some of your great buys!?
 
Feb 12, 2018 17:19:01   #
TXann
 
Years ago I found a 30" Lapis necklace with 14k gold for $1.98 and a 30" Onyx necklace with 14k gold for $1.98. I still have them and wear them often. I love to go thrifting. Now I look for Knitting/Crochet books and/or the tools to Knit or Crochet. I occasionally find a novel to read. Not much picking out there now days.

About 7 years ago I went into a Goodwill store and hit the jackpot LOL I purchased "70" skeins of yarn at .49 cents each for Yarn Shop quality yarn. It still had the retail stickers on them and it is from my favorite LYS which I only go to occasionally because of budgetary constraints. They must have donated them to the Thrift Store or someone's stash was donated to the Goodwill :)

I spent $35.00 + tax for all 70 skeins/hanks and when I added up the retail price that are on the labels it came to $632.75 worth of yarn.

You can see the yarn in my post from Aug 11, 2011

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-263569-1.html
Feb 12, 2018 17:23:45   #
sandramailing (a regular here)
 
I get very lucky with yarn but you have to go often to check.
Feb 12, 2018 17:28:48   #
luvrcats (a regular here)
 
We have several local thrift stores which I like. For larger stores, such as Goodwill, I'd have to drive to Asheville or Hickory--so, I'm satisfied supporting the few we have in Marion.

Find some really good deals--and one thrift shop donates yarn to me, ski jackets/hats for Coats for Kids, and I purchase quite a bit for Project Christmas. (we select an angel from a tree and buy for that child or children.). Love, love thrift store shopping! Such great bargains! and look at the $$ we save!
Feb 12, 2018 17:40:29   #
ellnbchristi (a regular here)
 
I love thrift stores and garage sales. But we live rurally now and the closest Goodwill is 53 miles away and has nothing but clothing and furniture at brand new prices...not worth going to!
We do have a small thrift store in town, run by the churches! We are a very tiny town and have 5 churches! It occasionally has yarn but rarely. Most people around here quilt but don't knit or crochet unfortunately.
Feb 12, 2018 17:43:19   #
MMWRay (a regular here)
 
Luvrcats I need to visit you when my husband goes to football games. I love thrift stores. I get most of my clothes especially work uniforms from thrifts. I think my best buy was in books. Someone had turned in paperback mystery books that looked brand new. They were a quarter a piece. I bought a brown paper bag full and figured out it was over $200 worth. Then as I was reading one I found the last person had used two 20$ bills as a book mark.
 
Feb 12, 2018 17:44:51   #
rosied527
 
Goodwill is on the list of charities who do not spend most of the money on helping people. Salvation Army is one of the highest rated in helping others. I give only to S.A.
Feb 12, 2018 17:45:03   #
deshka (a regular here)
 
Sometimes I am lucky finding really nice yarn. I had gotten my GD her winter coats there, some very expensive. Have gotten our gore tex coats and pants there (those are expensive to buy new) got GD a Marmot jacket for 99 cents, new it would have been $129. More than one pair of Ugg boots for about $8. each pair. Keen shoes for about $4. those are up around $130. new. An oak coffee table for $9. My laundry baskets come from there, those were a couple bucks each. Down comforters and throws, but I have also bought those new too. A few knitting books that I bought, they have lots of quilting and cross stitch books at the local stores. We have Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, Value Village. I usually hit VV because they are a lot cleaner in the store than some of the others. I did get my coffee table at Gw. Sometimes they have knitting needles, but rarely have circulars ( I really don't need any more). If I found a size I want I would still buy it. I recently got a Lantern Moon circ, 36 inch size 5 for $1.99, I have only bought one of those new, it was very expensive! and it was a 24 inch.
Feb 12, 2018 17:51:14   #
Ellebelle (a regular here)
 
I like the Salvation Army Thrift Store. There's another category of thrift store that's sort of in-between where you can get some great bargains too: Value Village and Talize . Most of my wardrobe comes from Talize and The Salvation Army. Absolutely cannot stand the thought of paying retail prices for jeans, sweats and sweatshirts, which is all I seem to wear since retiring. Rather spend my money on .... yup .... you guessed it. YARN! and crochet accessories.
Feb 12, 2018 18:07:25   #
Knitanddance (a regular here)
 
rosied527 wrote:
Goodwill is on the list of charities who do not spend most of the money on helping people. Salvation Army is one of the highest rated in helping others. I give only to S.A.


Yes, I recently heard that about Goodwill. Where does their money go to? Does it go to the owners?

I've sort of gotten out of the habit, but I'll have to start up again. It's fun to browse and I usually find something useful.
Feb 12, 2018 18:09:26   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
I live rural so don't get to go to many thrift stores, I do have a small charity store near our small general store....I haven't bought anything, but have made a few donations, they told me they like to keep any yarn for a couple of senior ladies that knit/crochet for charity, so I'm happy to take any of my spare yarn as it goes to great use ☺
 
Feb 12, 2018 18:11:20   #
Montana Gramma (a regular here)
 
I find our GW expensive and they don't really help our community so I go to SA and two other church sponsored thrifts and the Veterans. Rarely find clothes but did get a $65 pair of jeans, brand new with tags for $4 on 50% off day. Mostly I find things for the Gkids to craft with and sometimes some great yarn buys. Bought a Monoploy and Battleship original game for $1.00. Have had fun with the Gkids with those. But I am on a thrift month so no buying , therefore I just don't go shopping. We are on the giving end as we finish the last of the remodel, too much stuff here.
Feb 12, 2018 18:13:34   #
t_venson
 
I don't like going into stores shopping unless I am looking for something in particular (then it's the clearance rack first). I buy some things from the the Goodwill auction site and have gotten some really good deals. Since I have gotten back into knitting and crocheting, I have also gotten some yarn from there. Since I haven't been this committed to it before, I have to do some research before bidding on yarn to find out what the typical cost is.
Feb 12, 2018 18:14:23   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
TXann wrote:
Years ago I found a 30" Lapis necklace with 14k gold for $1.98 and a 30" Onyx necklace with 14k gold for $1.98. I still have them and wear them often. I love to go thrifting. Now I look for Knitting/Crochet books and/or the tools to Knit or Crochet. I occasionally find a novel to read. Not much picking out there now days.

About 7 years ago I went into a Goodwill store and hit the jackpot LOL I purchased "70" skeins of yarn at .49 cents each for Yarn Shop quality yarn. It still had the retail stickers on them and it is from my favorite LYS which I only go to occasionally because of budgetary constraints. They must have donated them to the Thrift Store or someone's stash was donated to the Goodwill :)

I spent $35.00 + tax for all 70 skeins/hanks and when I added up the retail price that are on the labels it came to $632.75 worth of yarn.

You can see the yarn in my post from Aug 11, 2011

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-263569-1.html
Years ago I found a 30" Lapis necklace with 1... (show quote)


Wow just went and had a look, you really hit the jackpot ☺
Feb 12, 2018 18:14:36   #
Montana Gramma (a regular here)
 
Knitanddance wrote:
Yes, I recently heard that about Goodwill. Where does their money go to? Does it go to the owners?

I've sort of gotten out of the habit, but I'll have to start up again. It's fun to browse and I usually find something useful.


Goodwill is a for profit enterprise and they get millions from the government for sponsor programs. Trouble is they make money on those they sponsor for jobs for the handicapped etc. . Some stores train better than others I understand but why we subsidize owners like that is beyond me. The same funds could go a long way in building shelters and setting up training centers. Jmho.
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