Saturday, November 5, 2011

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Salvation For What Army?

Since when does Salvation Army compete with antique store pricing?

I am amazed disgusted at the prices of our local Salvation Army! Every time I go in there, I say it will be the last time. But I LOVE to look. It’s the thrill of the hunt. But, I’m hunting buffalo, and bringing home bunnies. Don’t worry, they’re rabid bunnies. Ya, mean! With big teeth. *tough crowd*

I always here people talking about the great prices and finds at Salvation Army - in other cities. How can they get away with it? I mean, this stuff is donated. They didn’t pay for it? Lower the price. Sell it. Help a family. Repeat. Simple formula, right? A large majority of the furniture at our local, has been there for 6 months or more. Yep. Because it’s way overpriced. Sad.

Here’s a couple shots I grabbed with my iPhone, so you can see what I’m talking about.

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couple big ol’ stains. fabric’s all worn.

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yes, it’s cool. but it’s far from perfect. and it’s missing hard to find (and expensive) hardware.

 

But it’s not all bad. I mean, check out the Chucks! Huge score! These things are brand new. 3 bucks! Of course, I never find my size. Grabbed these for my tiny footed lovely wife.

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What are the prices like at your local Salvation Army? Do you buy from them or donate to them?

5 comments:

Stacy said... [Reply]

i was JUST at our goodwill a few hours ago and debated over buying a chair for $9.99. the upholstery was in really good shape, but the wood on the arms and legs could stand a little sanding/restaining... otherwise a really great chair for the $. HOWEVER, I see some crazy prices on stuff sometimes too.... I think it varies. :(

i buy AND donate. :)

Andrea @Oasis Accents said... [Reply]

Unfortunately they closed our local SA store several years ago, but I see ridiculous prices at Goodwill all the time. I think they hope someone will pay the crazy price but figure it will get marked down and they will still make money.

Kim@todayismysome-day said... [Reply]

All of the "chain" thrift stores in my area like SA and Goodwill have crazy high prices on crappy stuff! 'Nuff said! I go to yard sales or smaller thrift shops to try to score a deal on something that I'm going to have to put some sweat equity into.

Jen said... [Reply]

These prices are INSANELY high. I agree completely. In my city (Toronto) I don't think I've ever seen a sofa for more than $60 and wood products (like buffets)are nearly always less than that. I wonder why your location's prices are so high...

Kate said... [Reply]

I agree---one of our Goodwills has ridiculous prices {in Knoxville, TN}. I am at my mom's in Salisbury, NC and every thrift store I have been to yet has been amazingly organized with perfect prices! Headin' out to do more junkin' now....but I must say those Converse were a SCORE!

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