Thrift store back to school deal

United States
August 12, 2010 3:27pm CST
The Salvation Army family thrift stores here are having a .47 deal on all kids clothes. For me this was an awsome opportunity to find jeans in decent shape, selection of sizes, & a price I'm willing to pay. So I found my DD1 9 pairs of jeans (& 1 pair capri's) in 3 diff sizes for $4.70 w/o tax. Where can you find that at a store & for names like Levi's, Old Navy, & Glo? Typically I hit the rummage sales, but I figured for jeans I'll look there & of course .47 it's one stop shopping! Though, if they would use something other than staples to attach their prices, I'd buy tops but they leave holes that strech and run after several washings with knit materials. Either way I was excited to find that much for her. Now too bad there wasn't another location fairly close by ;0)
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@katsmeow1213 (28711)
• United States
12 Aug 10
That's an awesome deal! I plan on doing most of my kid's back to school shopping there myself, since I can't figure out how else I'm going to afford it this year.. we are hurting right now! I know what you mean about those staples.. they're a pain to get out with minimal damage! There is a thrift store nearby that uses tags just like regular stores do, and they have a lot of .99 cent sales. I think when I get some money for the shopping I will go there and see what I can find.
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• United States
12 Aug 10
I'd like to know who I can complain to about their stapling... I'm sure it helps for tag switchers. However, they do get the items donated so.... .99 isn't too bad depending on what it is. I usually save my change most of the year and use it for rummage sale season.... like I mentioned to Dragon the brand names I find on flukes at rummage sales I snag them if they are cheap! Hubby hates the 4 bins I have of clothes for them but man, I gotta snag it when I see it. And honestly if they trash something by wear #2 am I going to be mad... a lil, but if I paid retail I'd be LIVID! KWIM?
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• United States
12 Aug 10
I agree completely! I save all my boy's clothes for the next one in line.. shirts I can hand right down, but pants I have to hold onto for a bit, so I also have bins and bins of stuff waiting for kids to grow into them. It takes up a lot of space I don't really have.. but it's better than trying to find school and play clothes for each child each season.. I'm not made of money!
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• United States
13 Aug 10
That's true with the girls they are only about a size or so in tops & 2-3 in pants. And #3 is only 2 sizes smaller in tops than #2 but of course not much gets passed down from the girls due to him being a boy and all *LOL* Plus I hate to buy new for him to be the only one to wear the things unless it's a special occasion or I buy it a few sizes big as baggy is in to a degree or atleast in my house when it comes to shirts. ;0)
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@dragon54u (31296)
• United States
12 Aug 10
I wish we had a Salvation Army store here but all we have is Goodwill, which has gotten way expensive! Heck, they charge $3.50 for a worn out tshirt! I haven't bought any used clothing or linens the past year because of bed bugs. We had them in an apartment building here in town and they have them in our capitol, Columbus, Dayton which is close to me and Michigan and Arizona are apparently having problems, too. They seem to be all over!! So I'm not buying used stuff until winter kills everything and maybe not even then. You're a good, frugal mom! I remember getting my boys clothes that way till they became fashion and status conscious. Their dad never did like that I bought used clothes.
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• United States
12 Aug 10
Yeah you have to watch what you find and wich Goodwill you find stuff at for prices. I don't buy stuff there if it's too much. Honestly, I don't usually even look @ the clothes because their prices are too much! Plus it's rummage sale season and that's when I stock up on things for the kids like clothes. I can't afford GoodWill typically either I can find stuff this time of year NEW on clearance for under $5 so why not buy new? I think the celebs they use here cost plenty as do their commercials and the new donation centers they keep on building. I'm frugal by necessity! But now that I'm so paying these prices it's hard for me to go into a store and willingly pay full price KWIM? Like for my oldest who's almost 8, she can fit into XS in juniors tops. SO I found Hollister & Areopastle tee's @ a rummage for .50 ea and we'll hang onto them or we'll use them as shirt dresses since leggings are back in style. I hope she doesn't become too fashion concious too fast! I think I'm more concious than she is. But I also had a mom who bought the same 5 pairs of jeans from k-mart that were stiff as a board & had been accused of wearing the same pants ect day after day. So if I can find it cheap & good shape why not?!?!
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@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
13 Aug 10
Unfortunately this week we are absolutely broke or I would head over to the local Salvation Army store and look for some things for my children. I had to pay the house payment this week and that week is always the toughest week of the month for us. Now, I really do hate that the staple the price tags onto their items as well, but I've not had a huge problem with things getting holes in them that run, so that is really a non issue for me.
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• United States
2 Sep 10
I totally know how you feel. It feels like that for us any week I don't get decent hours (wich is most of the time) or he doesn't work o/t (wich they didn't let him work 2 weeks ago, but we NEED!) we're kinda getting by... by the skin of our teeth some weeks. If the item is a tee shirt I've had that happen so I won't buy them there. But I'll buy other things that won't have that problem that are woven.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
12 Aug 10
Hi, 3SnuggleBunnies. That is awesome! I am glad to know about this. I have to go to the Salvation Army on Tuesday of next week. I hope that I can find some nice things for my daughter to wear to school. I also hope that they are having this great deal that your Salvation Army is having too. I love saving money! Enjoy shopping![em]happy[/em
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• United States
2 Sep 10
I hope you found some deals when you went. Now that it's fall I don't recall where I put all the jeans I bought (had to hide them from hubby ) as I know one pair or so should fit her now.
@marsha32 (6781)
• United States
12 Aug 10
awesome deal!! Our Salvation Army recently did a $7 a bag deal on clothes. I don't currently have a penny to spend....and well, we just really do NOT need anymore clothes right now. But, for those that do, it's a great deal. I can stuff a lot of clothing into just one bag! Marsha
• United States
12 Aug 10
I've never heard of them doing a bag deal. But you know when many churches do their rummages they do a bag sale on the last day usually $2-5 a bag for whatever you can cram in there. I recall someone putting in one of those countertop pizza dealies (no an oven, but you put the pizza on it & it rotates over some sort of heatlamp?)in a bag & getting away with it!
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• United States
12 Aug 10
By the time I get more money the price will go up. I will still go buy the jeans there for the cheap prices they charge. I like how the salvation army has the colors for the day as well. I have plans to buy me some sheets there too.
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• United States
12 Aug 10
But it's only for Kids sizes I'm sure your daughter is in Juniors sizes by now. I wish it was on everything. I do like their color coding much better than if you go to say somewhere like goodwill where it's packed and it's a needle in a haystack to find what you want & the size KWIM?
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• United States
13 Aug 10
I generally don't look for the clothes too much when I go to The Thrift Shops...although I will look for clothes in really good shape for my grandbabies sometimes & I have picked up a few things for myself. What I love about the Salvation Army is 5 books for $5...and once in awhile they will do 10 books for $5. I go about once or twice a month and have quite a stack to work through. I also go about once a month to sit with my grandma (who will be 88 on the 17th) and she loves to go to "the goodie shops"...there are some really nice ones in her area, and I look through just about everything when we go.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
13 Aug 10
You can find quite a few bargains while shopping at a thrift store. This is a great place to start back to school shopping. you just never know what you will find.
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
27 Aug 10
Wow! That is an awesome deal! How can you go wrong with that? wish they did that near me too.
• United States
2 Sep 10
You can't really! It's rummage sale pricing but ALOT bigger variety & all in one place KWIM? I can find things for .25-$1.00 @ rummage sales but you know that can be a game of hit or miss.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
13 Aug 10
Sounds like a great bargin for you, kids grow so fast, I never made it through more than about 3 months before they had outgrown their stuff and it was back to the store again. My kids wore lots of second hand cloths.
• United States
2 Sep 10
Well I bought ahead especially with the jeans. I dunno, I think the girls are due for a growth spurt sometime or another and I don't want to be unprepared when it happens and pay retail or even clearance retail if I don't have a choice KWIM?
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
13 Aug 10
Congrats on the terrific deals!!! We don't have a Salvation Army close to us, however we do have several church run resale shops that had great bargains for the beginning of the school year. I got some good bargains for my daughter.
• United States
2 Sep 10
I've only heard of one church ran resale shop that my Aunt & Uncle patron. I'm not sure where it is in this complex of buildings. But if you can find a deal there why not go? Most Churches here run rummage sales in spring and that's what I go to as far as Churches go.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
26 Aug 10
hey thats great! i wish thrift stores around me had deals like that. i love shopping at thrift stores because you never know what you will find.