My First Thrift Town Experience
My following experience is a perfect fit for the recession-proof-household category, and anyone looking for bargains.
I have been living in the same area for a little more than a decade and have probably driven past a particular medium size building storefront on the main drag about 5,000 times, and had never stopped in to check it out. Until the other day.
This store is called “Thrift Town“. My wife had stopped by there many times and had been trying to get me to check it out, while my neighbor visits the store regularly and is always returning home with amazing bargains. The store itself is mostly filled with racks and racks of clothing, men – women – kids – all sizes – all types. There are also a fair number of miscellaneous items that are not clothes.
I finally gave in the other day, and checked it out. You see, all along I had this idea in my head that the clothes at these type of bargain stores, being “used”, were for other people, not me. I’m not sure why I had this mental block, especially being one myself to look for bargains. For some reason, the thought of wearing another persons clothes, didn’t sit right with me – as if the clothes would be dirty or have “germs” on it or something. I was wrong.
When I started browsing through the mens racks, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Most of the clothes were in excellent condition, many of them hardly showing any signs of wear, while a surprising number of them were brand name labels. They were perfectly clean, and if I didn’t know any better, many of them could have been on racks in “real” clothing stores.
Now here is the best part. Talk about a bargain… every single mens shirt in the place had a price tag of either $1.99 or $2.99! What? Really?
The pants, the shorts, the sweaters, almost everything was priced the same, pretty much the most you would pay is $2.99!
After sifting through the enormous quantities of clothes, all very well organized by sizes, I walked out with a handful of shirts and shorts that cost me about $25. One of the shirts was even a Nordstrom polo shirt, in near perfect condition. These same clothes were probably worth at one time (not too long ago), about $150 or more.
The store appears to have a great business model, was very busy, and they appear to have about 15 locations in 4 western states. I have no idea if the other stores operate similarly (I assume that they do), and this isn’t an endorsement of the company itself.
However, it made me think about how there are probably other similar stores in the country, just waiting for you to stop by and pick up some deep bargains.
Even though most of us can afford to buy new clothes at the big name stores, you might be surprised at what you might find at a bargain outlet like this one, especially when looking for casual wear.
Why not look for a store like this in your area, and Save Some Cash by buying “almost new”?
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