My local thrift store is huge. It encompasses a retail space previously occupied by JC Penny's. I love it in all it's vast enormity. Every Monday is Customer Appreciation Day when all items are 25% off the marked price. If I went regularly, my closet would explode. After a long hiatus, I went on Monday.
Instead of finding the normally, randomly priced items, I was shocked to find abnormally, overpriced items. A skirt from Old Navy, looks gently worn, is marked at $9.99. Next to it is a skirt from Banana Republic marked $19.99. I check the shoe selection. The ones I'm interested in range in price from $14.99 - $24.99. A pro-shopper like myself can get these items brand new at the regular store for less than what the thrift is offering. That's just not right. Oh, what has happened to my ultimate thrifty resource?
It took a while, but I did finally come across some merchandise that I felt was worth the marked price - minus 25% of course. I picked up 2 vintage dresses early on, but by the time I was ready to check out, I just wasn't feelin' 'em. Here's what I ended up with, to the sum of $20:
Pencil Skirt: Old Navy Outlet
Blazer: Unknown Brand
I walked away happy, but concerned about the future of thrifting. Recycled clothing is definitely trendy right now, and that's totally cool. But I do hope that prices stay reasonable. Otherwise, who's really benefiting here?
Tell me, fellow thrifters, have you noticed increased prices at your local bargain bin? What about increased popularity? Does your community seem to be embracing the second-hand stores the way mine is?