Salvation Army Store

@dorannmwin (36698)
United States
May 23, 2012 2:27pm CST
This year I am really trying to trim every penny that I can from our budget and in doing that, I really don't have any money to get new clothes for the kids for the summer (they've both outgrown all of their summer clothes from last year). So, last week I decided to make a trip to Goodwill to see what I could find for the two of them. I wasn't impressed with their selection at all, and ended up with only a few shirts and one skirt for my daughter. On my way home, I happened to see the local Salvation Army Store and decided to check them out. This store was really a diamond in the rough for me. It looks like nothing from the outside, but when I walked it, I first discovered that it was half price day for all clothing except for those with white tags. The clothes were very well organized and I was able to find a lot of things for Kathryn and a few for Paul. The grand total that I ended up spending was $35 and ended up with seven outfits for Kathryn and two for Paul plus I picked up a few other things as well. So, do you do any shopping at thrift stores? Do you have good luck when shopping at thrift stores? I know that I'll be trying to hit Salvation Army every Wednesday during the summer to get some polo shirts for the kids since they go to a school that requires a uniform.
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
23 May 12
I love shopping at thrift stores...our Salvation army has a very nice store here...and the goodwill up where my friend lives even has a bunch of new things you can buy so yes...I have found some very good bargains at the thrift stores.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 May 12
There are quite a few Goodwill stores here in Lexington and I only had the opportunity to visit one of them last week. However, I'm hoping after school is out that I will have a little bit more time to visit more of them and see what kinds of great things that I will be able to find.
@erikmama (12929)
• United States
23 May 12
I always shop at thrift stores! I
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 May 12
I do like the kid's consignment stores as well, but my little girl is starting to go through puberty, so she is in that odd stage where she is somewhere between wearing little girls sizes and junior sizes, so my options for finding clothes for her are somewhat limited. There are a lot of different Goodwill stores around here, and I do intend to check out some of the other ones, but I haven't had that opportunity yet.
@much2say (40461)
• United States
23 May 12
I love going to thrift shops!! My friend introduced me to thrift shopping back in college - and I've loved going ever since - more bang for your buck! But it does take time to dig for deals - so I go without the kids - ha ha. If anything, I find more stuff for myself - I'm on the small side, so there's a lot in my size plus I can get away with going a little bigger sometimes. Oh, and I find it more exciting than shopping at the mall - you never know what you're going to get (it's like trying to find treasure - ha ha). I used to go to Goodwill all the time - and something changed years back. All of a sudden their prices hiked up . . . and I wouldn't really buy anything unless they had that certain tag color that was half off that week (and by the time I got it, of course all the "good stuff" was already gone". Salvation Army prices are still lower. Our nearest Salvation Army renovated their store (and I thought they were leaving us, so PHEW!) - but I have not gone back yet - I can't wait to shop there soon! I think my luckiest find at the Salvation Army was a Crate & Barrel expresso cup/saucer set. I actually found 8 of both which looked unused - and it was only like $10 for all of it!! Look around to see if there are lesser known thrift shops in your area - you might find even better deals there!! We have a thrift shop for the blind . . . they have a whole upstairs section dedicated to books - and a daily rack for 99cent items. Then there's The Rescue Mission - on Tuesday mornings it's half off until noon I think.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 May 12
In my situation, I really didn't have the time or the money to just browse for something that would suit my fancy for the house, but that is something that I would really like to do pretty soon. I'll have to wait for a day when Tom is home and can keep an eye on the kids because I know that it would be a lot more fun to do it without having the kids with me. But, I'm in love none the less.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
23 May 12
I have shopped thrift stores in the past. Being heavier...i find that the plus size clothing are something that unless you;re there the day the get put out...there isn't very much selection for me. I love seeing what there is...and what people might have worn...some of it can be pretty out there!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 May 12
I am a bigger girl as well and I know that at the Goodwill it was next to impossible to find anything that was in plus sizes. However, the Salvation Army store did have a plus size area. I didn't have the chance to go through it though because my daughter was getting tired of shopping.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
24 May 12
Oh thats wonderful that it did. So many dont really have much of one around here.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
4 Jun 12
However, I do have to admit that even though they do have a plus size area, it would be difficult tofind things in the right size since there ie a wide variety of plus sizes.
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• United States
23 May 12
I do most of my clothes shopping in thrift stores, pretty much always have done the thrift store, consignment shop, and yard sale shopping. I doubt I will ever be wealthy so I will probably not get the chance to prove my theory that I would shop thrift even if I were rich!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 May 12
Just like you, I doubt that I will ever be rich either. However, I do have to admit that I love looking for bargains and I am so hard wired to spend as little money as possible that I know that I would never be able to go into a store and buy something at full price without feeling at least some degree of guilt.
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• United States
24 May 12
Yes, anytime I buy something brand new I do feel a twinge of guilt, even when there was no way to get it thrift at the time.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 May 12
The only time that I don't feel guilt when I buy something brand new is when I am able to find a steal on a clearance rack.
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@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
25 Jun 12
Personally, I have never been one for Thrift Stores as many times I prefer shopping Clearance racks, etc. in stores like Macy's or JC Penney instead. I have been known to get $65 original priced tops for $5 even. I consider it a bargain when last weekend I bought me 2 New skirts and 3 tops for just over $80. Since the Thrift stores never really have anything my size, and I prefer new over someone else's stuff unless someone gives me something I just plan ahead and maybe 2 times a yr. go get something for myself.
@KrauseHome (35514)
• United States
26 Jun 12
Well, around here if you check sites like Craigslist or Freecycle.com you can find stuff like clothes, etc. that might be able to fit your kids. Or you can post that you are looking for stuff, or pass the word along to people. I know that many times I can access kids clothes for Free if I know someone is looking for something. Just running out of places to store them.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
24 May 12
Hello doran and good afternoon. I also shop thew thrift store but they are not my choice for shopping for clothes because of the lack of organization. I don't have to shop for kids clothes any more and I am thankful for that. I'm not much of a shopper for clothes for my self either. Usually get men's tee shirts and elastic waisted pants. I don't remember the last time I bought a dress. I really don't like to shop for clothes as you can see. Now I do like shopping for housewares and shop thrift stores for those items. I noticed that Good will prices have gone up a while back so quit shopping there most new clothes are very thin and there is less cloth in them and they are less finished than they used to be.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 May 12
For myself, I typically think about me last because the kids are far more important to me. But, I will buy something for myself if I should see it. I also really like to browse the decorative items because I collect dolphins of all types and you never know where you might find a unique one. In fact, my two favorite dolphins came from a flea market and a yard sale.
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
25 May 12
When I had kids at home tey came first too. Now It's just me and I still do the thrift stores.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
24 May 12
I do a lot of my shopping at thrift stores. There is a mission mart in our town that works with the Plato's closet in a nearby town. Plato's closet is a co-signment shop with very strict guidelines for accepting clothing. I have found great deals on name brand clothing for myself. I always find something for my daughter.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 May 12
You know, I honestly believe that Plato's Closet could be a good thing. But, the one that we have here is so darned strict with their purchasing guidelines (when you are the shopper). All of our cards are in my husband's name, but I have permission to use them because I have his POA at the bank. They, however, won't let me use cards in his name at their store, even with my POA paper, they have to call him and see who might be using his card, so I won't shop there.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
25 May 12
I never have had a problem with buying from Plato's Closet, I also have my own credit card so I do not have that issue.
@bunnybon7 (37649)
• Holiday, Florida
23 May 12
i love thrift stores even when i was married to a man that had plenty to spend on me and had a great job years ago, id go to the thrift stores first. he used to say"why do that. you can afford new stuff" and id say " just like one old comedian used to say, (cant remember his name right now) you can take the person out of poverty, but you cant take the poverty out of the person!" lol. here on saturdays, they have a half off sale every other saturday at all the goodwill stores. its a good thing i learned to enjoy shopping at them. cause in this economy i have to again.
@bunnybon7 (37649)
• Holiday, Florida
23 May 12
i finally remembered his name. it was W.C. Feilds that said that. He was so rich in hollywood after he made it, but said he could still smell the poverty in his nose because he had been so retchedly poor as a child.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 May 12
For our family, I have to say that I'm happy that I've never had to face down complete and utter poverty. However, two of my best friends came from a family where they literally didn't have a pot to pee in. When I first met them, they lived in a little three room house that didn't have an indoor toilet. For some, this might not sound like all that bad of a thing, but this was only in 1999.
• United States
23 May 12
I am trying to save money as well. I have noticed that Goodwill has not been that cheap lately and with their clothing it is a really small selection. I will have to check out the Salvation Army and see if they have anything. I really need a couple pairs of shorts, but have not had the money to buy any. Money has been tight and with Randy not working because of his foot condition and us waiting until his disabiity comes in money will be tight for a while. Right now I am doing an online university so I get financial aid money, but most of that goes towards our bills and trying to pay off debt so we can eventually buy a house again. I think you did well with all the items you bought.
@erikmama (12929)
• United States
23 May 12
I find that sometimes the Goodwill prices to be too much. Sometimes it is really worth the $7.49 perpiad or jeans but sometimes I hate to pay $5 for a shirt. But then again it is usually still a hole lot cheaper than going to the store... even Wal-Mart.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 May 12
The Goodwill here has set prices, to where their prices on children's clothes are $1.50 per item. The adults clothes are $3.00 per item and dresses and suits (things that could be considered to be an outfit) are $5.00 per item. When I checked out there last week I did get lucky because they rung up all of the shirts that I had for Kathryn as children's shirts, but in actuality they really were small shirts in ladies/junior sizes. I really did overall like the prices (even without the 50% off) better at Salvation Army. I'm not kidding when I say I will be going there to get polo shirts for the kids for school next year.
@MandaLee (3738)
• United States
23 May 12
You can find some great bargains at the Salvation Army store. Most of my clothes are bought there. My mom and I have a great time shopping there on Wednesdays when everything in the store is twenty five percent off!
• United States
23 May 12
Ours is only that way for senior citizen day. But you know depending on the cashier the one will give the discount to everyone.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
24 May 12
When I was there last week, I did make a point of asking them if they had their 50% off promotion very often and they told me that it is every Wednesday, so that was something that really excited me because I was able to get some really nice things for Kathryn for as little as $.49 each item.
• United States
19 Jun 12
My husband use to volunteer at the salvation army store, So I always knew when there was something good there, and could usually get a discount. One time everything in the store was 10 cents. We got tv's, cloths, books, lots of good stuff. Then cloths were 50 cents for a long time, we got baby cloths, and adult cloths. It is a wonderful place. They usually have something good for everyone. And with all this toy recall stuff, my husband would bring home loads and loads of toys for free.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
26 Jun 12
I don't know about them having any sales that are as good as the sales that you are talking about. However, I do have to admit that the 50% off of clothes deal is something that has helped us out a lot. I think that this week I am going to start trying to visit every Wednesday and start picking up polo shirts and pants/skirts/shorts for my kids to start school with this year because they are both going to be going to a school that requires polos and black/navy/khaki bottoms.
@mindym (979)
• United States
1 Jun 12
I LOVE thrift stores! The suburb that I live in has a Goodwill and a Salvation Army, along with another thrift store that I think is run by a church or something. I have not been in that one yet, but coupons are printed for it frequently on the back of my grocery receipts. So I should go check it out. I have to be proud of myself because I live right behind the Salvation Army, which used to be a grocery store, but I do not go in there on a regular basis. The times that I have gone in there though, I have found name brand things with the tags still on them. A retail store sells them and the Goodwill boxes and boxes full of clearance stuff that didn't sell (at least that is what I have heard), so I have found some good deals without having to go to Target and getting sucked into the dollar spot , only to spend much more money than I anticipated. Going to a thrift store is a win-win for everyone because the money you spend helps charities and you save money by spending less. Happy thrifting!
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
5 Jun 12
You are right that shopping thrift is a winning situation for everyone. We not only shop thrift when we can, I also donate those things that are no longer useful to us to charities as well. Those charities that I donate to tend to be some that are in a very poor area of our state, but I will donate none the less.
@lumenmom (1996)
• United States
1 Jun 12
I do shop thrift stores but they are hit or miss when it comes to finding good bargains. I try not to buy things I don't really need, even if the price is right. I mostly look for clothing for my daughter but she is ahrd fit so many times we don't find much.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
5 Jun 12
Just like you, I try to only stick to the things that we are going to need. One thing that I wanted to buy, but didn't have the money for this past trip was a new office chair. You see, we had two nice executive chairs and we loved having them, but one of them was really old and finally started to fall apart so we got rid of it. Now we have an old fabric chair and an executive chair in our office and I would like to get another nicer chair for the office.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
30 May 12
The SA store in my town is huge, but they are rather high priced for being a thrift/donation store...few bucks more and you can buy new at Walmart. So I only stop in from time to time...so far have not bought a thing! But...Mission Rescue thrift store..another huge one.. I am there twice a week! Wednesday is 25% off day and Friday is fabric day! So far I have literally stocked my fabric shelves (I quilt!) and spent maybe $50 doing it! They literally stuff full a gallon size zip lock baggie with fabric and then price it at $2.99. OUt of that, I get about 10 yards of fabric! And most of the time, the fabric is new, never been cut, used or even pre-washed! Just off the bolt fabric! Last week I went, bout 10 bags of fabric and low and behold, there in side 2 of the bags was Orca whale fabric..one was a yard of the whales on the fabric and then other was a huge paanel of matching orca's. Why is this so special? My 12 yo granddaughter, LOVES orcas. She hopes to be able to work at Sea WOrld one day..that is how much she loves orcas. I have been searching online and everywher eI go for some orca fabric to make her a quilt. Can't find it, and the once or twice I found something orca...it wasn't very good image and it was over $10 a yard! I love her, but can't afford that kind of love, and it wasn't that great a fabric design anyway! But ...here for probably (if I did the yardage math) was the exact perfect orca fabric and panel for 25 cents each! SHe spent the weekend this week and covered wtih the yardage! Said she'd be happy if I'd just let her have it like that and cover her legs! I told her she could until I make the quilt. SHe is so excited to finally get her orca quilt..thank you Mission Rescu thrift store!!! Amazing the treasures you can find! I also
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
5 Jun 12
How wonderful that you were able to get the perfect fabric for a quilt that you've been wanting to make for your granddaughter. Around here the only thrift stores that we actually have are Salvation Army and also Goodwill. When it comes to Goodwill, I don't think that their prices are all that good and I also think that the way that they organize their merchandise makes it virtually impossible to find anything when you are shopping there. However, I am anxiously awaiting Wednesday of this week because I'm hoping to have some money to be able to go and see what I can find this week.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
29 May 12
Yes, i shop at thrift stores a lot and vary between a few of them. i am lucky that i live in a fairly large city where there are several. i don't often find half price sales though i have managed to hit all clothes for a dollar each sales which is great. i haven't only bought clothes, i have bought vintage items such as 1950s aluminum drinking cups and other stuff that i have displayed throughout my home as well as craft supplies.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
5 Jun 12
Oh, I would absolutely love to be able to find some of the wonderful thrift store prices on some things that I would be able to use in my home. However, if I have to go to the store with one or both of my children, I know that there is no way that I would really be able to look for those true diamonds in the rough at the store.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
29 May 12
I haven't really has to look for kids' clothes yet (my son is still in hand-me-downs from his older cousins) but we're nearing the age where there won't be as many hand-me-downs. Fortunately I live in an area where people spend a lot on their kids' clothes, so there should be good stuff at the local thrift stores. Unfortunately, the thrift store prices aren't always that great. Sometimes at the thrift stores and the consignments stores, the prices are so high you're almost better off waiting for a coupon to a regular store. Right now I am practicing my sewing, because if I can make his play clothes, that will be a savings.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
5 Jun 12
It has been a really long time since I've had the opportunity to sew, so I know that our family would not be able to save any money with my sewing abilities. That said, I do want to get a sewing machine if only for the fact that I will be able to teach myself how to make some really basic things that I would be able to sell and make a little bit of money from that avenue.
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
25 May 12
I'm glad that you  found a good place to shop for your kids clothing. When my grandchildren were small, I bought a lot of stuff for them at garage sales. Church rummage sales are also a possible source. I even buy clothing for myself at these places. However, it is rare that I find anything to fit my petite frame.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 May 12
I did a lot of shopping for Kat and Paul at yard sales when they were a little bit younger and I would do that again this summer as long as our schedule will allow it. I love shopping and shopping for pre-loved items is even better if you ask my opinion.
@laken02 (3067)
• United States
25 May 12
i have actualy shopped at the store you are talking about, i love how they have everything color coded.. and makes it easy to find the things you want, and on wed you can save alot of money, i dont get to go over there very often, but i usualy walk to my goodwill in my town almost every day.. i can see it from my house ,
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 May 12
I would probably be in serious trouble if there was a thrift store that was within walking distance of my house because it would be kind of like guilt free shopping. Oh, that would be very bad because I love to shop. That said, I'm really looking forward to getting back to the Salvation Army Store next week.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
24 May 12
I like to go to them too. I don't get to them very often, but try to go on the 1/2 off days if I can. Glad you found some bargains.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
25 May 12
I think that Kathryn had a good time with it as well because she was asking me today if we could go back tomorrow. I told her, however, that we are going to have to wait until next Wednesday. We didn't go yesterday because little man had a baseball game.