Would You Buy Clothes By The Pound?

by Laura on October 31, 2012

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Last week I got a text message from my sister – “Did you know we have a Goodwill Outlet store here and you pay by the pound?”

After reading it three times to be sure I understood I wrote back “Nope, when are we going?”

So this morning we went to see what it was all about.

It’s tucked back in an industrial park and is indeed a Goodwill Outlet inside a warehouse.  (For those of you who are going to ask 1345 Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach.)

When I walked in I wasn’t expecting it to be exactly organized but if you have even the smallest amount of OCD it’s going to make your head spin.

The clothes are in bins- all the clothes.  They aren’t divided by size, type or sex.  The bins have shoes, toys, books, belts, electronics and games all mixed together.

The book, CD and game prices I felt were pretty similar to other thrift stores and with them not all being in the same place I decided that was more trouble than it was worth.

Sorry the pic is so blurry.

The clothing prices are hard to argue with though.  Clothing is $1.39 a pound and if you go over 20 pounds $1.19 per pound.  Household items are $.50 per pound.

So my sister and I spent about an hour digging through the clothing bins.  I didn’t seem to have any luck and she seemed to hit gold everywhere she dug.  Finally we started a good collection of items we found.  I ended up with 4 dress shirts, a pair of workout shorts, 2 pairs of jeans and a pair of dress pants.

When you get to the register they throw your clothes into this plastic bin as if you are buying frozen yogurt by the weight.

My total for all 8 pieces- $7.94 including taxes.  As long as everything fits I will consider it a successful trip.

I have to be honest though- it was ALOT of digging around for 8 pieces of clothing!

Have you been to a thrift store outlet?  What did you think?

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Kira November 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Yes, I love this place. Been going for years. This is the second location, they used to be in Norfolk. However, one of the associates informed us about 2 weeks ago that they are moving to a new location in Hampton!

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Crystal @ Surviving a Teacher's Salary November 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

No way! I’ve never heard of buying clothes by the pound – that’s SO interesting and I guess certainly easier on their part! Thanks for linking up this week!

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Kim Willoughby October 31, 2012 at 8:35 pm

My family and I love this store! We don’t usually buy clothes there but you can find stuff for all seasons and holidays where the stores must have been clearing out leftover merchandise. And its so much cheaper!

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Christina October 31, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I have never been to a goodwill outlet but it sounds intriguing. Although, it sounds less intriguing that you had such a hard time finding items and had to do a lot of digging. It still sounds worth it though in the long run, 8 items for less than 8 bucks.

:-D

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Sandra October 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I have been once, on the advice of a friend. My husband went with me. I LOVE thrift stores!! But this was just a bit too much for me. I do not want to spend forever “digging” for 1 decent item. And it was just a bit too “dirty” feeling for me. We did walk out with a roof top carrier that was in really good condition for only $10 BUT also walked out telling hubby that my curiosity was fulfilled and I did not want to go back! I will stick to my “normal” Goodwills that I love!!

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Katie October 31, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Laura,
I have been there but you are right —not a place for someone who has ocd. I would rather shop at other thrift stores but I am sure there are regulars who go in weekly and love the option! to each their own!!!! Happy Thrifting!!!!
What is your favorite thrift store in the area?

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