Thrifty Thursday-A Goodwill Surprise

Thrifty Thursday-A Goodwill Surprise

Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship. ~Benjamin Franklin
I ran into Goodwill last week to look for lamps…
I came out with this stuff….
Ann Taylor Loft Shirt
$3.00

Nike tennis shoes for Amelia
$4.00
She really liked them!
And yes, she wore this outfit in public..
Some brown leather sandals-I’ve had my eye out for some like these:)
$4.00
My Favorite Find of the day was this Banana Republic Sweater Dress.
$5.00
Don’t you know, the weather turned cold last Friday and I got to wear it:)
While I was looking at the shoes a lady a little ways down from me said, “Hey, are you a size 7?”  I said, “Absolutely, what do you have down there!?”
That is when she pointed to these:
That’s right-these babies were like new and in my size!  I put them in my cart and continued looking.  As I was walking towards the front I saw some jeans that looked cute so I stopped to look.  They were marked $40.00.  That’s when I realized I shouldn’t have assumed that these Uggs were marked $4.00 like the rest of the shoes.  I looked at the tag, and sure enough..
Really Goodwill?  REALLY???  Who on earth goes into Goodwill to buy $75.00 shoes?  I sure don’t.  I took them up to the front to ask the cashier if I was reading the tag right-I was in denial.  Sure enough, I had read it correctly.  It was pretty clear by the way she answered me that she had been getting that question a lot.  I put them away, paid for the rest of my things, and headed to pick S up from school.
When I got there I told a couple of the other moms and her teacher about my “find.”
This was their reaction:
This picture is in no way staged…or maybe it totally and completely was.
That’s right, they were just as shocked as I was.  Shocked!
Now, I am not going to go on an I hate Goodwill rant.  After this incident I did look into how they run their business, and I would suggest you do the same.  It’s disappointing.
Why does this bother me so much?  Can I afford to shop other places than Goodwill?  Yes, I can-but that has not always been the case.  When I was growing up (the grade school years) most of my clothes came from Goodwill, garage sales and wal-mart.  Do you know how great it is go in there and find a name brand(read: quality) item when you would not be able to afford it otherwise?  It’s really really great! Now that I am all grown up and watching my family’s pennies closely, it’s still great to find a good deal on a quality item.  This experience showed me I may need to look elsewhere to find that deal.
Buy used and save the difference!
(I am, of course, quoting Michelle Duggar again..)
And-beware of sneaky Goodwill price tags!
Happy Thursday all!
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