Wednesday, January 2, 2013

They are on to us! Thrift stores have raised their prices!

 
People ask me all the time where I get my furniture that I repaint and resell.
 
I used to say.....garage sales, Craigslist, and thrift stores. 
 
However......  I can't remember the last time I got a piece of furniture at a thrift store!
 
Perhaps it is just in the KC area.....but thrift store prices for furniture have soared!!! 
 
Let me give you a few examples...
 
I recently spotted this 2 piece buffet and hutch.
 
 

 
 
The price tag was $299.... who is going to spend that at a thrift store???
 
Here is another..... a beautiful armoire... marked $299 and then changed to half off because who would spend that at a thrift store???
 
 



I saw a kitchen table that needed the top repaired for this price recently:




And another buffet for $129 that also needed work!!!


 
At another store on another day, I took pics of these pieces:
 
 
 
 
And finally......
 





$450 for this dresser at a thrift store.  YIKES!!!!

Hey, I understand they need to make a profit also....but I just can't afford to buy furniture at those prices, paint them and then still turn a profit for myself.  I truly believe thrift stores are "on to us" people who buy, redo/remake/repaint/resale...and therefore, they have dramatically bumped up their prices.

And so....my official answer is this: I find MOST of my furniture to paint and resell at garage sales (preferably neighborhood ones where there are MANY homes having sales at once) and Craigslist.

What's been your experience lately with thrifts??

17 comments:

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

What aggravates me most about this is that usually their stuff is donated! They didn't pay a penny for it. Like you, I understand wanting to make a profit, but come on!

I've boycotted our GW and Salvation Army for just these reasons. And don't even get me started on our ReStore!

Suzan said...

I am still seeing decent prices on some things but I have also noticed a jump in prices on items that are in demand. What they will discover is that no one will pay the prices and then they will be forced to be more reasonable. Our Salvation Army cuts everything to half price if it is on floor for 10 days. We have a couple of used furniture brokers in our area and that is where I find the best prices unless I get something at a garage sale. What I have also discovered at garage sales is that some people think there stuff is worth much more that it really is!

Holy Craft said...

I posted about this two years ago. Our Goodwill (in the Seattle area) is ridiculously priced. Especially for furniture. I rarely go in anymore and stick to the garage sales in the summer.

Valerie said...

Gotta agree with you! Was at the goodwill in Lawrence...OMGosh...ridiculously priced armchairs that have yucky fabrics and need to be refinished...ugh! And like Beverly mentioned...they're gettin' these pieces for FREE! Aggravating!

fabulosa said...

The same experience for me in Texas. I stop going to Goodwill or SA. Their prices are imposible. I get the best deals at estate sales or garage sales.The best deals I get at the annual local church. I recently got a beautiful dinning table for $25.00 dollars, and gust what!!!, I keep it for me.

Karie Waters said...

In my little town that I moved to, most people know that I paint and repurpose furniture so I get things given to me. So fortunate in that regard. We have quite a few swap pages on facebook for our local area and that is were I get things as well.

Alisha said...

Same problem in the Cameron area! It's insane. I just hit up garage sales and swap shops on Facebook.

Rebos On The Move said...

Same in our area. Some of the well-used items they had were priced higher than retail! The thing that bothers me the most though is that GW doesn't hire those with special needs or support the disabled in our area in any way. I prefer to donate to the local thrift store supporting those who are temporarily homeless or going through rehab.

Jill of all Trades said...

I'm in Milwaukee I've seen the same level of insanity.

I'm willing to pay a fair price for these items knowing that the profits benefit a charity. But $400 for a used dresser with drawers that don't pull out right and scratches all over is NOT a fair price!

I think thrift stores have lost sight of their mission - to sell affordable goods to those in poverty and to raise money for charitable works. How do you do that when you charge the same as retail - for used goods?

Kathy said...

I'm in Nashville, TN and have noticed the rise in prices at GW and the ReStore since 2010. I don't know who prices their items, but it's CRAZY and rarely consistent. Once in a while I'll find a good deal, but not as often as before. I do know that local decorators shop these stores too and I think that's part of the issue.

The Perfect Trio said...

yep. i agree. the salvation army here in jax, fl has those exact prices.

i'm not even trying to buy and re-sell...just want to inexpensively furnish my home. i can go to furniture store and spend $450 on a dresser!

Barefootbutterfly said...

I'm just outside Vancouver, in Canada & it's the same here.. I used to love going to thrift stores.. now it just depresses me. Everything is high priced to, not just furniture. I have to admit I used to buy most of my kids clothes at thrift stores but now its almost cheaper to buy everything brand new from Walmart. :(

kinchee express said...

I was the manager of our local Humane Society Thrift store for about a year.We had(and still have) the lowest prices in town.Poeple would constantly beat you up over price no matter what the price.
We are a small store who's sole purpose is to raise money to help homeless and abused animals and to keep the doors open at the shelter.Plus running a business is not free.
With that being said not many people are aware that the larger "chrarity" resale stores are more of an industry. The public needs to re think who really benefits from this.A large portion of customers are re sellers and they know it.
Please don't get me wrong-these stores do provide goods for those in need and benefit from their organizations.
For those of us who are looking for something cool to repurpose it's all about the " hunt"

Angie said...

Here in Texas we are experiencing the SAME thing!

Mimi06 said...

My local Salvation Army & Goodwill stores have always been high! I go to church resale shops-to buy and to donate. The church shops offer their donated goods as a service to the community by helping those who are truly in need.

Charlotte said...

What upsets me is they raise the prices ridiculously high, as if we have been ripping them off for years, reselling "their" stuff at crazy high prices. It's as if they just snub the fact that we work our a$$es off on the furniture before we resell it, in addition to purchasing it from them, our gas to get it (along with purchasing hitches and trailers to pick up furniture; or pay someone to pick it up), and supplies that we pay for!

Someone needs to send them the memo or something! People on Craigslist are even starting to be all ridiculous! I guess they will eventually realize that we will simply find other reasonable people to purchase from while their stuff sits collecting more dust, and then maybe come back off that cloud they are living on! ;) I am finding local garage sales and church sales to be best till then!

Country Design Home said...

We have noticed, just in the past six months or so, a dramatic rise in prices at our local Salvation Army, primarily on furniture. Stuff that we used to be able to pick up for less than $50 now has triple and quadruple the price tags on them. But who can blame them? Every time I go there, the parking lot is filled with late model vans and SUVS, and roaming around inside are dealers and re-sellers looking to pick up great stuff cheap. I always say, something is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. We are sticking to estate and yard sales for now.

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