Saturday, November 13, 2010

Anthropologie at Salvation Army

I know, I know, I am always raving about the Goodwills in Charlotte.  But I have had some excellent luck at Salvation Army Stores as well.  Today I was way on the other side of the city for a weather balloon launch with my students and on the drive down there I passed a Salvation Army Store I didn't know about.  So on the way home I decided to stop.  At the Goodwills in the Charlotte area, everything is the same price basically....pants, skirts, sweaters, and tops are $3.79 plus tax, and dresses and jackets are $4.99 plus tax.  But at the Salvation Army Stores each item is individually priced and tagged.  (They staple the prices right on....annoys me when they staple right through silk!).  Tags are different colors and different prices.  Certain days of the week certain colored tags will be half off.  The weird thing about this system is that who ever is tagging the items tends to have no idea their actual worth.  I have bought 100% cashmere sweaters (one with a store tag still on, and one J Crew) for $1.99, but I have seen shirts that originally retailed at Walmart for under $10 tagged at $4.99.  I have found some great things at Goodwill (like this Anthropologie skirt) but today the Salvation Army Store put Goodwill to shame when I found this Anthropologie sweater:
It was brand new!  Here is a close-up of the Anthropologie tag right by the Salvation Army tag:
Yup, I paid $3.99 plus tax for this brand new sweater.  I often make up stories for the clothes I find at Goodwill and the Salvation Army.  I decided this sweater was a gift (hence the price cut out of the tag).  But the gift recipient could never bring herself to wear it, as it seemed too girly for her taste with the pink colors, floral like pattern, and ruffles.  And thus it ended up at the Salvation Army,  for me to find.  My girly side will proudly wear this sweater.  Perhaps tomorrow for my brunch date?

This sunny little Ann Taylor Loft sweater, also came home with me from the Salvation Army for $1.99.
I am convinced that every thrift store has at least one steal of an item waiting for me, if I only have the patience to find it.  But today the Salvation Army thift store had two gems waiting for me.


Cynthia said...

Wow, that is a total score! I must be doing myself in by only going to the ones near Plaza-Midwood. The hipsters must clean those out. Now that the grant proposals are done, we still ought to meet up sometime for I can weasel thrifting secrets out of you :)

Emily Kennedy said...

WHOA! What a find! I can't wait to see that sweater on you! It will look gorgeous with taupe slacks, a jean skirt, brown corduroys... so many options!