Thrift Stores Just Don't Cut It Anymore. November 04, 2006 12:13 PM
Somebody told me the other day that Thrift Stores cover this (Exchange) so they didn't see the need for an Exchange, Well, I've seen and shopped tons of thrift stores and even worked in some awhile back as well. I truly havn't seen any thrift stores that exchange items instead of sell them.
Thrift stores also save all the good stuff for distributors to ship overseas on pallets leaving mostly the bottom of the barrel for U.S. store shoppers to "try" and find anything of use or value.
Don't get me started. As I say, I've worked there so I know firsthand why the thrift store stock is nothing like it used to be 30 years ago.
I believe it is time for Americans to take these matters into their own hands and share with each other what they no longer or never did need but came into possession of along their life path.
There used to be a store here in town that was wonderful....it was a jumble of all sorts of things that you could take your items in and TRADE (no money changed hands) for things of a comparable value that were in the store already. That went a way years ago and now the few we have left are consignment shops, pawn shops or the sort where you purchase (not trade) the items you would like to have.
We do have a section that runs regularly in our paper called 'Neighbors Helping Neighbors' or something along those lines where you can place an add for what your are looking for or what you have to give away...it's not a classified ad, it's more of a 'I need to find...' or a 'Free if you take it off my hands....' sort of set up. I have not personally used this service but I do browse through it every so often.
I hear ya Sherrie ...that would be a wonderous thing!!
I have seen a few of the exchanges there be for things that someone has stated they need and can't afford......and someone either has one or purchases that item to help the person. I love when I see ones like that. Definately MORE people need to be aware and helpful.....just think of the difference we could make in the world!!!!
Twice a year they hold an event at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston where they sell designer clothes at unbelievably discounted prices, but you have to watch for it. There are also a couple of resale shops in the near River Oaks area that carry some really good stuff. But forget Goodwill, Salvation Army, and such. They are worthless. I'll try to get more info on these shops. I used to go there in my previous life, 25 years or so ago. They raise money for the Texas Children's Hospital.
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Thrift Stores "should" be thriving in this economy but many are going out of business because they havn't adjusted their prices to the economy. This could be a good thing though, the overpriced ones should bite the dust to allow room for new Thrift Stores who aren't greedyand charge reasonable prices IMO.