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Pickin thrift stores
« on: March 27, 2014, 09:32:44 AM »
Does anyone frequent resale/thrift stores for undiscovered treasures? I know that stores owned by professional resellers may not have any hidden gems at bargain prices, but the larger stores like Goodwill & Salvation Army might.

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Re: Pickin thrift stores
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2014, 09:38:33 AM »
I have a couple times. There are always people there doing the same thing so I think you have to go often to find anything good. I've made a few bucks on things but nothing memorable.

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Re: Pickin thrift stores
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2014, 01:17:09 PM »
Yeah, I've found a couple things they marked low, not knowing.  Like a brand new copper mixing bowl for $1.99 that retails for $60.     But usually it's the make $5-10 items.

I donate frequently instead of one big load and get the $3 off coupons and stamps to get 30% off.
With those you can up your profit a bit.

Mostly my finds are for personal use rather than resell.  I like Puma stuff but not enough to pay $60 for a track jacket when I find them for $4.99 at value village......

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Re: Pickin thrift stores
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2014, 09:38:19 AM »
I find hte best hidden gems at good will stores vs privately owned thrift shops. Though finds can be found at both, a store owned by a person its often an owner operator who though they don't know anything typically if they are successful will research items and be able to recognize items others may not realize have a lot of value. At good will its just people working a min wage job pricing items so they don't have that same vested interest a buisness owner may have and also may not know about whats good and whats not.

For any of you pet owners out there goodwill is a great place for couches and cushions. Dog beds cost a fortune like $20 to $40 for a decent one. I go to goodwill and can buy my dog his own couch for like $11. I keep the couch but if you didn't wanna take up that much space you could toss the couch and just use the couch cusions in place of a dog bed. Thats my little frugal tip for pets owners.

Re: Pickin thrift stores
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2014, 10:59:28 AM »
I've gotten a lot of items there for $.99-4.99 that have made me $5 there or $20 here, but in general, it's very hit and miss. You really need to know clothes, books, art, kitchen items, etc. to pick out the few gems in there, as most Goodwill merchandise these days isn't "Grandma kicked off, lets dump her entire estate without looking through it!" but rather, "This is the crap we couldn't give away at our garage sale".

Not to mention, if some ultra-valuable gem comes in, someone else will grab it before you do if it is anything at all obvious. The people pricing and stocking it alone will grab it if it's that obvious.

That said, when I was a teenager and starting out with reselling things, I did fairly well because of a Goodwill. It was in a wealthy, older age bracket neighborhood and the management did not give a damn what things sold for. I'd go in 3-4 times a week and pick up bags of older comic books for $2, a few video games/VHS tapes/records for $.25-$2.00 each, a few books at $.25-50 each, etc. and quickly resell them. I never got rich, but I got a lot of things that made me decent profit.

A copy of the 80s 1984 film adaption for $.25, resold for $25.00 quickly; a few rare NES and SEGA games quickly resold for $10-50 each; some unique (or at least popular) records for $5-25 each, etc. Plus, I got a lot of cool things for myself. I snagged a leather jacket there that was new, with tags from the late 80s, and undamaged other than a small rip on the collar. $5 to buy it there, $20 to get it repaired, and I've had it the last seven or eight years as my go-to jacket.

But all good things come to an end. It switched management and the prices skyrocketed. It seems that since then very few Goodwills are affordable, much less steals. Unless you're getting brand name, excellent condition clothes or a book/movie you really want for yourself, there isn't much picking anymore. Everyone grabs the obvious valuables and everything else is priced so high it isn't worth the gamble. Garage sales are better now.


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