Thrifting Take 2: Salvation Army vs. Goodwill vs. Goodwill Outlet

Back in June while visiting Charleston, SC for the Natural Hair Expo and enjoying family, I visited three local thrift shops. Since I didn’t have much time, I decided to focus on accessories, books and home décor at each store.

Store 1 – Salvation Army
I found a set of 4 candle holders, each with a different saying: hope, peace, faith, love. At 99 cents each I wanted all 4 but since I had limited luggage space I could only choose one; I chose “faith”. I also bought 2 books. One about prayer for a close family friend who has become my spiritual leader and the other about daily meditation for myself. Each book was 65 cents. I also found a brown woven leather belt for $2.99. And, last but most amazing, a pair of denim gauchos for NINETY NINE CENTS! I immediately tried them on over my capri pants and was amazed that they fit perfectly. I immediately started styling them in my head and thinking about how I could wear with them this summer and transition them into fall with boots and sweaters.

Store 2 – Goodwill
The first thing I noticed was that it was organized and set up the same as a department store or boutique. The sections were color coordinated and they even had a gown section with prom dresses and bridal gowns and a denim section which I thought was cool. I only browsed because most of the prices were equal to or greater than the total I paid for all three garments I purchased during my last thrifting adventure. (Read about it here.)

Store 3 – Goodwill Outlet
The setup was the same as the one in NY, tons of bins filled with random items that customers had to rummage through. Here my focus wasn’t on clothes though; I headed straight to the electronics section and scored a $4 radio for my uncle’s office. He wasn’t even fazed that it was a bright yellow SpongeBob Square Pants radio – LOL. He actually thought it was hysterical as did the cashier who stated “you’re going to make some child very happy” as I paid…before we told her the truth.

I spent about 15 minutes in each store but was still able to snag a few great things; I can only imagine what other great items I would have found if I had more time. After having a chance to hit all three, I think the Salvation Army was my favorite. It was more organized than the Goodwill Outlet and the prices were more reasonable than at the Goodwill. I’ll definitely be checking out a Salvation Army or two in NY.

For Thrifting Tips, please see “THEE Goodwill Outlet”.

If you haven’t thrifted yet, what are you waiting for? Please share your tips or great finds below.


10 responses to “Thrifting Take 2: Salvation Army vs. Goodwill vs. Goodwill Outlet

  1. I wish we had a Goodwill outlet here. I have yet to see one in Jax, FL I want to try projects like the refashionista does.

  2. I love, love, love thrifting! I’ve found so many great pieces too…blazers, tops, jewelry, kids clothing, shoes, furniture…you name it!

  3. I love thrifting but I can’t even try to rummage through the clothes. I prefer to shop at consignment shops for clothing. I do the same thing you do and go straight to electronics and the home division.

    • if you have an afternoon or a couple of hours when you’re free…try it. you will fine so many great things for next to nothing. i’m def heading to consignment shops soon. thanks for reading!

  4. Seeing your post reminds me that I need to go thrifting, haven’t been in a long time! Need to plan a trip with my sisters and mom soon!!!

    Carsedra of:

  5. I have a love/hate relationship with thrifting. While I love to do it, I hate sometimes going into some of the shops and having to weed through all of the clutter and disorganization to find a treasure. I haven’t done it in awhile, but used to regularly. I’ve been in CO for almost 7 years and haven’t really found many good thrift stores so I think that’s part of the reason why. Think it’s time to get back out there. I’m a sucker for a bargain. 🙂

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