Originally Posted by Nataku
I'm beginning to think the TC Metro area Salvation Army stores are starting to pull aside any high-end items. I haven't found a single thing worth buying from any of their 4 stores that I visit in months. In past years, I used to find a lot of great stuff for cheap there. It's hard to think that such a large charity is experiencing a lack of nice donations to put out, too. The Metro area Salvation Army has gotten very greedy over the past several years and is pretty crooked in my opinion (I worked for them for 3 years). Oh well, only time will tell what's going on. For the time being, I concentrate on other thrifts that are treating me well and pass up the Sallys.
I have n-e-v-e-r had luck with SA stores here. It's not even that they appear to pick the good stuff, it's more that the overall quality of donations is garbage compared to other stores. IE, you don't even see the mid-tier stuff like JCrew, Nordstrom store brand, or whatever. Just a bunch of rags from the 70's to 90's with the very, very rare random nice thing missed in. High volume, low quality.
The average thrift store, if run by competent management, realizes that there is really no money to be made in picking out the "nice" stuff and ebaying it or whatever. By the time they pay some lackey to do this (who probably does not have the experience or know how to do it properly, or they'd be doing it themselves), they aren't going to make that much more money if any than if they just threw it out on the rack at a reasonable price. Thrifts are volume businesses... a couple stores here tried to switch to a "higher price for nicer items" format and both the managers got sacked in under 6 months, and back to normal things went, because it was a complete disaster. True story.