Don't Forget The Little Man

@SomeCowgirl (32270)
United States
September 10, 2010 4:50pm CST
My husband and I were doing some shopping today when I suggested we go to Salvation Army. He wasn't all game but I am glad we did go. They are closing the store down. I was upset about that because I like the store, plus it helps our community. I know that Salvation Army is no "little man" but it helps the "little man" of our town which is full of "little men"! We did get some good deals though, which is always good. We aren't the only Salvation Army shutting down, there are a few other smaller stores closing down, so I thought maybe a lot of the smaller stores in other states are closing down. I could also look at it like this, maybe it's closing down because our county needs no more help, who really knows? Do you shop Salvation Army?
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@AmbiePam (49078)
• United States
10 Sep 10
I imagine funding for the Salvation Army store dried up. That would be sad. My sister lives in a rather upscale city, and they have a Goodwill store. There Goodwill store has ten times better quality things that Goodwill and Salvation Army thrift shops around here. Pity too. Their town doesn't seem to have a need for a Goodwill store, but you can certainly get some bargains.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
10 Sep 10
The good will here has nice stuff as well, we have a few upscale neighborhoods so that's why, but it still has some oldie but goody things too. The Salvation Army actually had a wedding dress in it, still does. I was surprised by that. I suppose someone will buy it up for material if nothing else, and if not then I guess it'll go to another store. I hate to see the Salvation Army closing, but I had a feeling it was going to, I just had that feeling today and so I am glad I insisted on going. We got two things for other people, one was a picture frame with scripture, another was an open book figure (I can't say it's a figurine but I guess knick knack is better) with Twenty Third Psalm and The Lord's Prayer on it. Very pretty.
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@GardenGerty (99351)
• United States
11 Sep 10
How did your interview at the Goodwill go? Hope it went well. Have you ever looked at Alibris for books?
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
11 Sep 10
I have looked alibris but not in great detail, I'll have to do that. I need to make a list of things again, it got thrown away. Hmm, well it went okay I suppose. I'll hear back by Wednesday, but I'm applying to other places in the meantime.
@urbandekay (18312)
11 Sep 10
To expensive for me, I use freegle all the best urban
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
11 Sep 10
Freegle? You're freegle not frugal? LOL.
@urbandekay (18312)
14 Sep 10
You don't know freegle? Like freecycle without the hegemony all the best urban
• United States
11 Sep 10
Oh no I just posted to another discussion you had about books and how I was going to so to our neighborhood one tomorrow for the first time. I hope it doesn't close. But unfortunately the economy is so bad this seems to be a trend now where no type of business can survive anymore. Wish me luck and I will let you know if ours will remain open.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
11 Sep 10
Okay do let me know. She didn't mention any out of state that might close, so I am not sure. I was sad to hear it will, and even more bummed that we won't be able to go back before it does. My husband and I aren't going to spend for anything but our own bills so that means no shopping. Well we'll go out for our anniversary but that's it, and I'm trying to earn as much as I can as a cushion just in case we want to buy each other gifts.
• United States
13 Sep 10
I am happy to report not all will closing, stated the Illinois ones are holding strong. Thank you friend I got great cheap deals on several book selections. This will now be my favorite book store as there way too many for me to be able to really look at them all so I will be returning often.
@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
11 Sep 10
I have always been one to give business to those 'little guys'. The little mom and pop restaurants and shops that wouldn't survive if people didn't. I have watched little neighborhood stores go by the wayside when Albertson's and Fred Meyers florisishes. Life isn't like it used to be by any means. Our country is one where money talks and the big corporations cut the little guy out so they can make the money. Salvation Army works on a shoe string and if they don't get enough they can't possibly survive. Sad.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
11 Sep 10
It's even more sad when you see organizations like salvation army having to downsize because they help out so many people. We had this one game and movie store we went to go out of business because the guy was going on tour and couldn't get anyone to legitimately buy the store. I hate that for him because he could've bought it back. It wasn't his first store though so maybe we'll see him again some day, he was a nice guy too. I was thinking about the little guy the other day when we went to a small gas station, it's just so sad that so many little guys get squashed just because big business is after that bottom dollar. The Little Man made what so many businesses are today, and customer service will always be better at a "little" store in my opinion.
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Sep 10
I so agree. I always visit the small places and give them the business. I have seen alot of small businesses go under over the years. Just can't compete. Sad.
@missybear (11396)
• United States
11 Sep 10
I shop at a few different Thrift stores, I haven't been to Salvation Army in quite a few years cause it's on the other side of town but I used to like going there when I had transportation. Now I still shop at second hand stores that are close to my house. I love going there and getting good deals and helping out the needy.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
11 Sep 10
Yeah it's great to be able to find some good stuff, and also help out the needy. We like to go shopping for books and such, won't be doing that for a few months though as we are saving up for our own place.
@bounce58 (17526)
• Canada
11 Sep 10
I do go to the Salvation Army once in a while, but I'd rather go to Wal-Mart because it's just a couple blocks away from my house and Salvation Army is quite a ways away. That's an optimistic view! To think that they are closing because they are not needed anymore. But the reality I think is that it's closing because of this recession. Too bad. I hope we all get out of this OK.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
11 Sep 10
Yeah we've got to admit it's more likely that it's the recession that's causing them to close a few locations. Wal*mart or any other store can be just as good, especially if you consider the gas to get to the cheaper places, it ends up being not as cheap.
• Portugal
11 Sep 10
i dont live in the usa^^ but maybe you are right maybe they dont need more help but i guess maybe they shut it down bcs maybe they didnt have enough people buying them products and couldnt take the high rent :( at least in my country a lot of stores are shutting down bcs of the high rents. anyway sorry that the store you liked so much closed already :( maybe they open in other place again^^
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
11 Sep 10
Salvation Army is a thrift store, they have other locations, just none in our small county, which is fine with me. If they ever do open back up, I can think of a good place for them to as it's large, though I bet the rent would be expensive. I am sure that's the reason for a lot of businesses closing down or moving, rent anywhere is expensive but I can imagine a businesses rent is even more expensive.
@GardenGerty (99351)
• United States
10 Sep 10
No, we do not have one. I shop our thrift stores in town. I also go to Goodwill when I shop out of town. I would do a whole day of thrift stores if I felt I could afford it, and if I did not have a problem storing the stuff I bring home. Sorry yours is closing. Maybe they just are consolidating to make it more efficient. Keep the bigger stores open.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
11 Sep 10
Maybe so, I am not sure. Well I guess we won't be shopping Salvation Army anymore, the others are too far away. We still have Goodwill though, and there is one website I've bought books from and all but one was in great condition, and that one was even in great condition it seemed, so I can't blame the store. My husband and I usually do a whole day of thrift shopping. We've gone to Three Good Will's (one because of interview) and one salvation army today alone. We do get a lot of good deals, i don't think we'll run out of books to read for a few months, but at the rate we're going we won't be able to as we keep getting books. When you can find authors like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, V.C. Andrews, Agaatha Christie, Laura Ingells Wilder, Diana Palmer, Danielle Steele, Tom Clancy and James Patterson.. well nothing beats that.
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
10 Sep 10
We have a small Salvation Army store not too far away and a Good Will. I like to stop in at each one from time to time...see what they have and buy a few things because they are both good causes. I also try to support our small local grocery store, especially since they've been forced to cut their staff by half so I know they're struggling. Their prices aren't very good anymore and their meat and poultry can'b be trusted so I have to shop at Walmart, too.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
10 Sep 10
My husband and I were driving down the road one day and we passed a small grocers, I think it's been closed for quite some time.. I said "we could go in there.. wait it's closed!" lol.. I hate to see small businesses go down the drain. Good Will is good, my husband and I buy more books then anything so Salvation Army was our best friend because they had so much to choose from, they had the same books like everytime we went so if we didn't get it one time we could reconsider it the next, but now it's going out of business.
@cream97 (29169)
• United States
10 Sep 10
Hi, SomeCowgirl. This is very sad right here! How can this thrift store be shut down? Many people really need a store like this to stay opened. They have some really great bargains that are at affordable prices. I just went recently went to the Salvation Army last month. I got 30 pieces of clothing for all five of my family members at the Salvation Army. I picked out some really nice shirts for me and for my daughters. I received an voucher. I did not have to pay for these clothes out of my pocket. I really hope that they are not planning on closing anymore Salvation Army stores anymore! Many people really can use the items that these stores have.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
10 Sep 10
It seems like the bigger stores are going to stay, but the smaller ones not so much. This store I am talking about is big, atleast it seems big to me. I guess it isn't all that big though. I hate that it's closing because Salvation Army does help a lot of people, and is cheaper then GoodWill's are even. I hope we can go down there one more time before they close but I can almost bet they'll be closed the next time we get the chance. The clothes, all clothes except for a wedding dress and I think another rack, were $1.00. I kind of "looked" (just glanced at a few pieces) at the clothes. We did pick up a gift for his mom (I read it, a scripture from the bible) that I saw and wasn't going to get but when I heard they're closing I snatched up. We also got a gift for his grandmother too.
@dawnald (84147)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Sep 10
Not good, too many places going out of business. I shop there occasionally, but up here in Sacramento the closest one is a bit too far away for me.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
10 Sep 10
The nearest one now will be too far. My husband said the clerk said other stores around us were closing, but I think she meant other salvation army's because she mentioned that later and I heard her while shopping. I came home and listened to "The Little Man" by Alan Jackson, which is why I named the title what it is. My husband and I like support the little man and usually do whenever we can. Nothing beats satisfaction guaranteed when ya know the shopkeep!
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
10 Sep 10
I go every so often. Maybe once every couple of months. They just opened up a new one that is a bit closer to me but still about a 20 minute drive. I would go there more often if their books were cheaper but they start at .80 and go up from there. I don't like to pay more than a quarter or .50 another local thrift store nearby has their books for a quarter. But I have bought some clothes and other items at the Salvation Army store.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
11 Sep 10
That is strange, The Salvation Army we go to (the one that's closing) has books from .50 to $1.50 I believe. It's cheaper then the good will's. The books today we got were each .25 as they were paperback and 50% OFF of it's original price of fifty cents.
• United States
14 Sep 10
I shop there when I have the money to spare or looking for something specific I can't afford otherwise. That's sad to hear them close down. Perhaps they are consolidating a few small stores into a bigger location? I can't imagine them closing their store. Were donations down? Or the building they were in for sale? rent go up? You are right they do alot in the community aside from employing people and a thrift store prices. Sad to hear!
@gabs8513 (48716)
• United Kingdom
13 Sep 10
No I don't but have shopped at other Charity Shops though Thee must be a reason for it closing down maybe it is not doing as well as it used to
@GardenGerty (99351)
• United States
10 Sep 10
No, we do not have one. I shop our thrift stores in town. I also go to Goodwill when I shop out of town. I would do a whole day of thrift stores if I felt I could afford it, and if I did not have a problem storing the stuff I bring home. Sorry yours is closing. Maybe they just are consolidating to make it more efficient. Keep the bigger stores open.