I may or may not have made this clear before, but I generally do not shop at thrift stores for clothes. I don't know where all the people who do find awesome clothes at thrift stores live, but it is not in my town, because in my town, people do not generally give away awesome clothes in my size.
Also, our thrift store is remarkably expensive.
On my day off, I decided to visit the thrift store. Even though I know it's basically hopeless. But this time, I found a skirt. It was brand new, still had tags on. It fit me, and it was different from anything else in my closet, so I decided I'd give it a try. Even better, it had an orange sticker that said "Clearance: $1.00" on it.
The pricing system at this store is confusing, but I clearly recalled seeing a sign in the front of the store that said "All items marked with orange clearance tags at $1.00." So, I thought I knew how much the skirt cost.
Imagine my surprise at the register when the elderly volunteer check-out lady said "That'll be $2.39 today."
I asked her what was meant by the $1.00 clearance sticker on the skirt.
She said, "Oh, that's not our clearance sticker. Ours looks different. That must be the original sticker from the store."
Did you see what I saw? The whole story of this skirt is clear. The skirt came to the thrift store brand new, tags still attached. Someone had bought it on clearance for $1, and later decided that it didn't look right. So they donated it. And then the thrift store decided to double the original purchase price.
I didn't say anything. That thrift store is staffed by a number of elderly volunteers, and I'm rather frightened of them. I meekly bought the skirt, but I thought to myself: "This is why I don't thrift."
What I've always suspected has been proven. I and thrift stores do not get along. With coupons and sales, I recently bought a pair of Levi's capris for my mom and a pair of wedge sneakers for me from Kohl's and paid $2 total. I just seem to do better in the clearance department than I do at thrift stores.
Do you have much success at thrift stores, or don't you?