Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Cheap Clothing

by Web Intern

Every story about living on a budget seems to start out with the line ”in these tough economic times.”

So, in these tough economic times, thrift store shopping seems like a really good idea. And the thrift stores have noticed. The New York Times published an article today about a new phenomenon – Goodwill boutiques.

These shops are still run by the Goodwill and they still use their profits for the same cause, but instead of being a big warehouse of worn-out, under-$5, nameless old clothes, they specifically carry donated designer wear and their prices reflect that. Now, for the item, the price is good – you’re not going to pay under $200 for Prada anywhere else – but they’re still a lot higher than the regular Goodwill shops.

But don’t worry, they aren’t abandoning their M.O. – most of their stores haven’t changed and you can still find the $5 cheapo duds if you want to. There are some regular Goodwill stores that have the designer stuff mixed in (the article mentions a $10 Vera Wang dress at a store in Harlem), too, which is great for a super bargain and someone who just loves the thrill of the hunt.

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Goodwill isn’t the only place to score pricey stuff on the cheap (I totally scored some brand new Svoboda jeans last week at Re/Dress for about half their retail price). You may have to put in a little more work at other stores to dig through and find the gems, but that can be half the fun. Plus, a lot of them will also separate out luxury items. If you’re specifically looking for high-end, seek out one of these shops. Just don’t expect true Goodwill prices. -Liza

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