Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Like going to thrift shops? Check out a new reality show coming up.

Posted Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 10:54 AM
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  • I have found a lot of great plates, china, and serving stuff at GoodWill and various thrifts...I almost would rather find clothes at them...they sure are a lot cheaper and most are name brands...it can be amazing.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Wed, Dec 11, 2013, at 11:41 AM
  • Even though thrift stores usually have great prices, I still "make an offer" on things that might be a little higher priced than what I think is good or for collections of things, like records.

    That usually does not work at Goodwill but the independent thrift stores seem to be used to "flea market" bartering. If you have several items, consider offering a price for the group. That could shave another 10-20% off. (Works for yard sales as well)

    In today's world of smart phones it is relatively easy to check the asking or selling price of items. Make sure you pay attention to which price you are looking at. People will sometimes ask astronomical prices for something that is only worth a few bucks.

    If you are used to selling a particular item, know the weights, etc. you can photograph it and list it before you leave the parking lot. I have heard of a few who even have bids before they get home. Sweet!

    But a disclaimer: That does not happen all the time or even often, so don't be careless with your listing just to be able to say you did it that way. A careless listing could endanger you selling status or end up costing you money.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 11, 2013, at 3:00 PM
  • Personally, I start experiencing withdrawal if I don't visit Goodwill at least once per week. I'm also a huge fan of the shopgoodwill.com website. I'm really looking forward to watching this new show.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Mon, Dec 30, 2013, at 4:50 PM
  • My wife said the new GW in Murfreesboro is pretty nice. Guess I will have to make a stop when going to a health food store up there.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 31, 2013, at 9:22 AM
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