Here are just a few notes...
2. Goodwill's prices creep up just a bit, for example in Jacksonville, Arkansas blouses are like.... $3. Near Atlanta they are $4.95, and here in New York, I've seen tops between $5 an $6.
3. I actually really like Salvation Army here in New York! I'm a regular at only a few in Georgia, so I'm happy to say things are a bit different here. In Brooklyn, it seems like you are more likely to run into a Salvation Army before a Goodwill.The prices fluctuate just a bit, but that also makes you more likely to find something that you love for cheap. Think, Value Village.
4. Vintage, vintage, vintage. I visited a Salvation Army in Queens that had an entire rack of vintage dresses. I thought they were "specially priced merchandise" until I noticed that this was one of the only two dress racks on the sales floor, every dress was priced individually and quite reasonably! Vintage clothing seems to be more popular than ever so you are bound to find many more "vintage thrift stores" than anything.
this is a really interesting abandoned building across from my new favorite Salvation Army....
In Atlanta, I found smaller shops like these are much cheaper than the "big names". I think it might be too early for me to make that call here though.
5. Goodwill Outlet. If you don't know–that's right, you better ask Madame Google!
Goodwill Outlet is like Goodwill snatched those "color-day items" and shipped them out to the coast for final goodbyes to the USA. Actually that's exactly what Goodwill does, and they sell these pieces to you by the pound! $1.25 per pound!
The Goodwill Outlet can be a hit or miss. This place is definitely not for thrifting beginners. There are shelves and huge rolling tubs of apparel sorted by article...and that's it.
Shoes-shoes, pants-pants, shirt-jacket-top-tee-tank, coats-coats and... fabric...ssss?.
I repeat. Not for beginners. My trip to the outlet in Queens was what most would call a miss, but I live for the journey and adventure, so it was alright with me!
Now the facility I went to looked more like a warehouse... not um...
not like this store, but you'll get the point.
I've heard some stories about this place, and if you search youtube, I'm sure you can find some craziness. People tend to get uh... frenzied when a new cart of merch comes out.
If you are "bout that life" then go for it. I probably won't make that journey again for a while as it was an hour and some change away by train.
So those are just a few of my Thrifting NYC notes....I'll be back with some of my recent thrifting finds really soon!