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Goodwill vs. salvation army

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by esquire., Jul 4, 2004.

  1. esquire.

    esquire. Senior member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Is there any difference between these two places. There has to be something different between the two, but I don't what it is. And, does one find better clothing at one versus the other.
  2. Tom

    Tom Senior member

    Jan 6, 2004
    Berkeley, California
    I think that they are two totally different organizations. Similar in function. As for where to find the best clothes, go to the used clothing stores that are closest to the rich section of your city. For example, if I go to San Francisco, and shop around near Pacific Heights, I am more likely to find good stuff than say, in the Haight Ashbury.
  3. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

    Nov 7, 2003
    Heart of America
    They are separate organizations, but both operate their thrift stores with donated clothing. The proceeds then go to support the organizations. Salvation Army, as the name implies, has a more overtly religious orientation. Tom gives the best advice: find the shops near wealthier areas where those with nice clothing are more likely to donate.
  4. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

    Jun 25, 2004
    Bay Area
    also a further clarification: thrift stores such as SA and GW are *generally* going to be cheaper and you have better chances of finding that hidden gem, than if you go to a 'vintage' clothing store or consignment shop. while it is true the quality at a for-profit shop might be higher and more consistent, you will also pay higher prices because they spent time and money doing the pre-selection.

    the corollary is that at a thrift store you have to sort through racks full of corporate-logo polos before you find a regular ralph lauren.

    if you're hard-core you find out what days they set out their new batch of clothes, and wait at the door for opening time.

    /andrew - not hard-core (soft-core maybe)

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