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April 20th, 2012, 06:59 AM
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I shop at both and I really see them as different but equal(ish). Good deals to be found at both places and I am all about good deals and saving a buck.

I feel like there is this stigma with goodwill stores. I told my Dh I got KC's shoes for $1 at Goodwill yesterday and it's like I am a weirdo or something for shopping there. But when I come home with $80 of name brand clothes from the consignment shop that is okay. Weird isn't it?
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April 20th, 2012, 07:31 AM
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I find name brand stuff at the "goodwill" too, all the time. My opinion is the stuff is all the same, the consignment stores just charge more because they are splitting the profit.
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April 20th, 2012, 07:51 AM
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We shop at Goodwill and garage sales for 99% of our clothes. Never bothered us.
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April 20th, 2012, 07:54 AM
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Our goodwill sucks lol That's the only stigma there.

We don't have many 2nd hand stores here in general. There is St vinny's, goodwill, Bathesda, and then a kids place called TJ's Closet, but they're really picky about the stuff they take in, so I'm not sure how 'cheap' prices are. I've never been there. Those are the only ones I know about. I don't go to any of them often because I can go to walmart a lot of times and find marked down clothing for $1 and stuff!

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April 20th, 2012, 08:08 AM
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Goodwill here is really expensive now, too. I can get new on clearance better at target or kohls. I don't like to shop, so going through everything irritates me. Old navy clearance can be great, too. Got the dh jeans for 97 cents and my daughter ought a dress for 68 cents!
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April 20th, 2012, 08:52 AM
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I don't know about you guys, but my Dollar General has baby and toddler winter clothes marked down to a dollar. There isn't much left at my store. I would get some, but there's nothing in David's size and nothing unisex left.

The only goodwill close to me sucks. I think it's because they haven't been open for very long though. I get a lot of hand me downs from people. I also have a friend who owns a resale shop and sometimes she give me bags of stuff that was in her store for a while but didn't sell. I can usually find some stuff we can use so that helps a lot. Then I donate the rest to the box at the dollar store that takes donations for a woman's shelter or ronald mcdonald house or something. I don't really pay attention to it, I just chuck the clothes in.
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April 20th, 2012, 01:48 PM
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When we lived in Texas, there was a thrift shop that was great. The one's here pretty much suck though.
I do WM, Target, and Kohls. We just bought summer clothes for all the kids at Kohls...$300. And earned $50 kohls cash that I'm going to use to buy more clothes for the baby. I could have done way better at a thrift shop, but, eh, too much trouble.
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April 20th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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I dont know the difference between the two, we just have "op shops" here.

We buy some stuff from there, some from KMart (which has very cheap kids clothes) some from Best N Less (same goes) wherever we can get a bargain really.

Dita and Az have jobs though, so they often buy clothes online or whatever with their own money. We also have a huge DFO (direct factory outlet) about a half hour drive from us that we go to sometimes.

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April 20th, 2012, 05:47 PM
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Wherever I can get the best deal. I honestly don't care so long as the deal benefits me.
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April 21st, 2012, 12:55 PM
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I can't find anything here at our goodwill/thrift stores, maybe all the really good stuff has been bought up by the time I roll into there. I do lots of consignment for brandname stuff, though.

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April 21st, 2012, 01:16 PM
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I've visited the value village near by to check out their used books but haven't been able to touch the clothes. It's very obvious that nothing is washed as I have seen a lot of staining on the stuff there, and there is this odor of.... well you know when clothes are damp & left sitting for too long, so they get this mildew smell about them? That's what the stuff smells like there; I can't bring myself to touch anything but the books.

There isn't much else here worth buying from as they are prices the same as getting new on clearance.

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April 21st, 2012, 05:58 PM
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We have a Value Village here too and it is also pretty gross. I don't think the Goodwill is very good here either. The clothes are like $4 each, and honestly I think most of them should be trashed. For about $4 I can buy my kids new clothes at Walmart or Kohls on sale. Maybe it depends on where you live...we are in a poor area right now. When we were up in CT I got all kinds of great stuff used.....toys, clothes, everything. Here the best luck I've had has been at yard sales.
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April 30th, 2012, 05:58 PM
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wal-mart on sale is usually our best bet around here. Just as cheap and better. Sometimes I will buy things for the next year at the end of a season because the prices are so low.

occassionally will get things at Value Village, or Yard sale. We also have a kids used store called Once Upon a Child and a few times a year they have a really huge midnight madness sale!
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May 1st, 2012, 08:10 PM
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I know what you mean about consignment shop vs goodwill stigma. My sister is like that. I swear if I show her a shirt and tell her it cost 40 dollars she would love it, if I told her it cost 5 she wouldn't like it. Wuh-eird. The cheaper the better

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May 2nd, 2012, 07:01 AM
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We shop the St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores for almost everything, including dishes. The goodwill stores here are too pricy IMO (who charges $20 for used snow boots!?) and there's only one consignment store here that is also spendy.

This convo reminds me of an article I saw about raising a large family on a budget. The mom said she was never "satisfied" with buying her kids (I forget how many now, five I think) used clothes. So she shopped the sales and was really careful to keep her annual clothing budget under $25k. My jaw hit the floor... her "frugal" clothing budget is almost as much as our total income last year, LOL~! I guess for some people if you go to the mall and get stuff 15% off, you're getting a REAL bargain, while I won't pay more than three bucks for a pair of jeans, two if they're for a kid.
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May 2nd, 2012, 07:31 AM
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I live in a very wealthy town so our Goodwill is awesome!

I lucked out there.
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May 2nd, 2012, 12:52 PM
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OMG!!!!! 25K for just clothing??? DAY-UM!!! Thats not raising anyone on a budget.
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