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    Default I spent an hour at the Goodwill today.

    I had to go to the City to pick up a car part for DH.

    And I decided to make a day of it. I spent a whopping $14 on food -- a Breakfast Burrito at a small fast food place; and $10 on shrimp fried rice at a restaurant for lunch.

    But, at Goodwill, I had a bit of sticker shock. $10 for women's dresses -- no matter whether it was Liz Claiborne or Walmart's George brand. Shoes were $6, again, no matter what brand. Women's suits were $20. Like I said, sticker shock.

    So, I was very selective what I brought home. And I'm pleased with the results.

    My goal was to look for easy-care and comfy vacation clothes.

    • One pair of slip on clogs, $6. The brand is Born, hand crafted footwear ... with a slash through the 'o'. Pronounced Byorn? Anyway, they seem to be high-quality, and comfortable. I'm wearing them now, and I'll probably choose these for vacation.
    • One Chico's Traveler cardigan in black. $6. I will have to hem the sleeves, though. Not identical, but similar to this one: http://www.chicos.com/store/browse/p...&maxPg=3&size= It's really the 2nd piece in my 2ndhand effort to build an easy-care travel wardrobe. I'd like to end up with something like this: http://www.chicos.com/store/browse/s...catId=cat40010
    • Tiny Longerberger basket. $1. Signed on the bottom, and I think there's a $20 original price on it.
    • Hardbound copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, which I've been wanting.
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    I think you did great since you only picked out the things you really wanted. I too have noticed the prices increasing at our Goodwill. Signs of the times I guess.
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    It sounds like you did pretty well! I don't have a Goodwill in my area...All we have are the Salvation Army Stores, but I haven't noticed them getting too bad with their prices yet!

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    You know, if I think about it, I saved a bunch of money by spending that hour at GW:

    • Chico's cardi would have cost me around $70, after shipping.
    • Longerberger basket would have cost around $20.
    • Byorn shoes would have cost around $70.
    • And To Kill a Mockingbird would have cost around $8. In paperback.


    So, instead of spending $15, if I had bought the same things brand new, I would have spent $168.

    (But I really wouldn't have bought the basket or the shoes at full price.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Early Bird View Post
    You know, if I think about it, I saved a bunch of money by spending that hour at GW:

    • Chico's cardi would have cost me around $70, after shipping.
    • Longerberger basket would have cost around $20.
    • Byorn shoes would have cost around $70.
    • And To Kill a Mockingbird would have cost around $8. In paperback.


    So, instead of spending $15, if I had bought the same things brand new, I would have spent $168.

    (But I really wouldn't have bought the basket or the shoes at full price.)
    looks like the clogs would have sold for more than 70 dollars
    http://www.bornshoes.com/ViewAll.asp...000&sorttype=P

    I have a pair of Born sandals that I bought on sale 4 years ago. Even though I wear them nearly daily in the summer. They still look brand new and are so supportive and comfy.

    Good finds for your hour spent at the Goodwill.

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    Great finds

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    You got amazing deals even with the higher prices! I skipped over to the Born link & they are currently out of my price range, but I'd love to own several pairs. I think you are paying for quality with Born. Truly a deal for $6!


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    You know, we have several thrift shops in my area & I've found that Goodwill does NOT have the cheapest clothing. But! They consistantly have the better brands. So sometimes I shop at the Salvation Army, on their 99 cent days, & sometimes I shop at Goodwill where I will pay $10.00 for a dress. It depends on what I'm looking for.
    Most of my work clothing, I am willing to shop at Goodwill and spend $5.00 a shirt, or pants & $10.00 a dress simply because they are better brands & tend to hold up better. You just have to have time... look at the labels & try everything on. If you do that, you can find some really good deals - just like you did!

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    Great finds, I actually purchased a copy of To kill a mocking bird at my sa thrift store the other day, but it was not hard cover, great find!

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    And I actually DID hem the sleeves on the Chico's cardi this morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Early Bird View Post
    I had to go to the City to pick up a car part for DH.

    And I decided to make a day of it. I spent a whopping $14 on food -- a Breakfast Burrito at a small fast food place; and $10 on shrimp fried rice at a restaurant for lunch.

    But, at Goodwill, I had a bit of sticker shock. $10 for women's dresses -- no matter whether it was Liz Claiborne or Walmart's George brand. Shoes were $6, again, no matter what brand. Women's suits were $20. Like I said, sticker shock.

    So, I was very selective what I brought home. And I'm pleased with the results.

    My goal was to look for easy-care and comfy vacation clothes.

    • One pair of slip on clogs, $6. The brand is Born, hand crafted footwear ... with a slash through the 'o'. Pronounced Byorn? Anyway, they seem to be high-quality, and comfortable. I'm wearing them now, and I'll probably choose these for vacation.
    • One Chico's Traveler cardigan in black. $6. I will have to hem the sleeves, though. Not identical, but similar to this one: http://www.chicos.com/store/browse/p...&maxPg=3&size= It's really the 2nd piece in my 2ndhand effort to build an easy-care travel wardrobe. I'd like to end up with something like this: http://www.chicos.com/store/browse/s...catId=cat40010
    • Tiny Longerberger basket. $1. Signed on the bottom, and I think there's a $20 original price on it.
    • Hardbound copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, which I've been wanting.
    Love born shoes; very comfortable.

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    What a great deal finder you are!

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