life would become an existential shopping spree

Let’s talk about pricing. My Goodwill adopts standard prices. Example for tops, either a long sleeves or a short sleeves, a bulky sweater or a cropped sheer tank, a brand new with tags or a discolored worn-out rags, a Walmart brand or an Italian made Bergdorf Goodman brand, all are price at $4.49. But I refuse to pay $4.00 for a top, so I make sure I carry a bunch of coupons with me. I get the coupons by donating, every donation you’ll receive a 20% coupon. Instead of $4.49, I only pay $3.59 for a top. Dresses are priced at $6.99, skirt $3.99, pants and jeans at $5.99, purses $3.49, and jewelry for $2.99 each.

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Though, I’ve noticed prices do vary on high-ticket items. One store with a female manager, I supposed she’s well-informed on brands, she priced a Nine West leather handbag for $25 and a Coach handbag for $120. Heck for that price I could’ve gone to Potomac Mills to get a brand new and better selection of Coach purses.

And of course, my favorite is the Goodwill Outlet where items are sold by weight. I do limit myself not to spend more than $7 per trip. … Hmm…it is only Day 3 of 30×30 remix, I am already suffering a thrifting withdrawal. This is tough!

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In an effort to control my impulse, I am rereading a passage from Not With a Bang But a Whimper by Theodore Dalrymple:

If you empty the world of purpose, make it one of brute fact alone, you empty it (for many people, at any rate) of reasons for gratitude, and a sense of gratitude is necessary for both happiness and decency. For what can soon, and all too easily, replace gratitude is a sense of entitlement. Without gratitude, it is hard to appreciate, or be satisfied with, what you have: and life will become an existential shopping spree that no product satisfies.

Day 3

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Goodwill thrifted outfit details:
Tahari heels – $3.99
DKNY seersucker skirt – $3.99
Nicole Miller shirt – $3.59
Vintage leather belt – Goodwill Outlet $1.39/lb
Assorted bracelets – Kohl’s clearance

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3 thoughts on “life would become an existential shopping spree

  1. Gosh – you’re lucky. In Brighton (UK), where I live, the local charity shop workers get sent on ‘label recognition’ courses and they price accordingly – £35 for a Ben Sherman coat, £60 for a Harris Tweed jacket, £40 for cowboy boots and high, high prices for anything ‘retro’ (or over 10 years old.)

    It’s a new world here for charity shops. Long ago they used to be manned by teams of old ladies who would lovingly steam-clean and display all the newish, easy-care crimplene dresses and elasticated slacks. On spacious rails. For respectfully high prices. Anything they considered ‘old fashioned’ – from the 50s or 60s or (shudder) needing ironing – would be 50p an item in tall cardboard bins on the floor. Happy days.

    Long live cavernous Goodwill stores where wonderful treasures still wait to be discovered. Happy hunting!

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  2. You can do it !!! You will be so proud in the end 🙂

    I have noticed that the proces at my Value Village can be very high to the moment it’s a current brand, which can be very annoying. I like to go thrift when they have the 50% sales, then it really seems like I make fabulous deals. I wonder if there are outlets where I live…

    Great blog about thrifting, very inspiring!! I’m very glad to hav discovered it 🙂

    Virginie ♥

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  3. Beautifully said, Theodore. Your standard prices are cheaper than ours. I can relate with the pricing story. In Los Angeles (the West side = $$$), brand names are not usually marked up, as they are a dime a dozen, but when you go to in the burbs, the nicer brand names are marked up. Someday soon, I will be retiring (yes, an early retirement!) and when I do, I want to work at the Goodwill part-time. A dream job for me. Wonder if they’ll hire me. I would certainly make up my pay thru brand knowledge, pricing, and free advertising. ; )

    Lovely outfit!

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