Savers/Value Village

by Erin Steiner | March 19th, 2008 | Shopping Secrets

While we all love shopping in boutiques and having up to the minute fashions, we might not have the budget for such “high end” shopping. Face it- most of us are working people on a budget. While that up to the minute sweater might be beautiful, food definitely tastes better. Enter: The Thrift Store.

All of us have had that horrific thrift store experience- the one where you venture into an “independent” thrift store and realize that the reason it smells so badly is because the store doesn’t clean the clothes before they get put onto the racks. Gross!

Here is where I profess my love for the Value Village/Savers thrift chain. My fellow shoppers, this is a budgeter’s paradise. Not only do they professionally clean all of the clothes before they go on the racks, they also make sure that the clothes are in relatively good condition. In the years I have been shopping here I have yet to have a bad shopping experience. On the contrary, the only problem I have with this store is that I don’t have enough money to spend there-and this is a store that rarely ventures above ten bucks for an item of clothing.

Case in Point: I bought a BCBG sweater for… five dollars. No kidding.

If you are lucky enough to live in a city with a Value Village or Savers (they are the same company), you must pay them a visit. I visit roughly four times a year-I can buy an entire season’s worth of clothing for less than fifty dollars. I know it is clean, and for the most part the clothing is very lightly used. Some items even have the original tags intact.

Thrift shopping is not for the faint of heart, but it can help you save a great deal of money later on.

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