Do you shop in charity shops?

July 12, 2007 1:28pm CST
Is it now the time of shopping "vintage". It used to be the case that you would only go in these places if you were hard up or looking for a weird outfit for a 70's night out. Now it seems everyone is at it! Do you shop at charity/vintage shops and if so what do you tend to look for and have you had a real bargain from them. I have heard there are people actually making a living from these places by buying cheap and then putting the goods up on ebay, are you one of these guys?
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 Jul 07
I found three cake pans at Value Village, the second hand store chain here in Canada, and I did get a blouse and a couple of skirts, but most of the stuff did not suit me at all. There are some good things there, like books, and some household items that are fairly new, but clothes -- well, I do not like getting anything that is outdated. Even two years behind is too long for me. Also the items, for instance it is not that good if you see a scanner for $10, and find that you cannot use it because you no longer have Windows 95 or 3.11 isn't it?
16 Jul 07
I don't know if we have anything like Value Village here in the UK, most of our second hand shops are for charity organisations like oxfam, salvation army, cancer research etc. Is value village a charity or profit organisation, does sound like a great place to shop though.
@flpoolbum (2934)
• United States
16 Jul 07
I love thrift stores. They aren't for just buying weird stuff. I bought a trouble light with a long cord for $5. I love growing plants and have gotten some unusual pots for them from thrift stores. There is a lot of good stuff there. I bought a Minolta SR-101 for $6. Don't be afraid. A former girlfriend of mine, use to buy clothes from Salvation Army, and would say she bought the outfit at Sally's. Don't be afraid, they don't bite. Look around you might be suprised. I have also gotten some nice furniture from thrift stores. Watch "Design On A Dime" on HGTV (Home and Garden Televsion), they design rooms with a budget of $1,000. You would be suprised at some of the nice stuff they get at thrift stores. I have never sold stuff on E-Bay but I love shopping at thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, you name it.
@patgalca (14664)
• Orangeville, Ontario
12 Jul 07
I do shop at the Salvation Army on occasion, but not as often as I should. It's easier to find boys shirts and shorts for my tomboy daughter. And when my older daughter needed sports shorts (boys) we found them there cheap. And skates that I knew they would grow out of quickly were better bought second hand. When done with these clothes, all my clothes, I donate them right back to a charity who picks up at our house. It's different than the one I bought from but then both charities benefit that way.
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@patgalca (14664)
• Orangeville, Ontario
16 Jul 07
There are three different charities that collect goods from our house. One I asked not to call me anymore because I wanted to stick to charities that were closer to home. The Canadian Diabetes Association and Community Living are the two that pick up and it is a matter of who calls first to say they are picking up and whether I have something for them. So in fact I give to three different charities.
@irishmist (3820)
• United States
13 Jul 07
I sometimes like to wander into a store like that, and see if I can find something different that strikes my fancy. It's fun to look around the stores though, because you never know what you will find.
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16 Jul 07
I think browsing around these places is half the fun. It always amazes me what you can find, I know our local Oxfam shop has a fantastic selection of first edition and signed books, it always makes me think where they came from and what is the story behind their journey to the shop.
@tbomb2002 (269)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I do shop at charity/thrift stores. I shop for clothing for myself, my fiance, but mostly for my kids. They go through clothes so fast, it's hard to keep up. I get really upset with the people who are using these shops to turn a profit for themselves. Any profit they make should go right back to charity!
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16 Jul 07
My sister also uses charity shops for her kids, they go through clothes so quickly and most of the time it looks lke the clothes have never been worn even when she takes them back to the shop. It would be nice to think that people would give any profit back to the charity but in this world it reallt does appear that charity begins at home.