I am a Goodwill queen. Without even turning over a large chunk of time, I can pull out the best steals hiding on the racks. Silk shirts that would normally run me $60+ come to my closet for $3. Tweed skirts $5 instead of $50. And if I keep my eyes peeled, I can even snatch some of Target's designer collaborations from six months prior.
But I'm giving up my crown.
Goodwill's altered their pricing scheme with the base price now $5. On my recent trip to our brand new store, the only clothes that were at the base price were heavily used -- faded and pilled -- and oh-so-90s pieces. (At least at my in-law's Goodwill in Wisconsin, the worn items have been weeded out in advance.) Hoodies and non-shoulder-padded blouses were at least $10 and sometimes $20. Trouble is, $5 is the standard clearance price at TJ Maxx. While I'm all for shopping to help a cause, you need to at least be offering something comparable.
That Goodwill's charging even more for good vintage or anything they consider "boutique" isn't really new. Unfortunately, boutique usually means they recognize the label, thus they are pricing used tops from Walmart and Target for much more than those stores' sale prices. As a great sale shopper, there's no incentive to buy a $15 Merona dress used when I can get it for the same price new (and not have to shell out money to get it cleaned).
I still love shopping for thrift and vintage, but I think I'll stick with better edited collections from local vintage shops and Etsy purveyors.
Do you think Goodwill is pricing itself out of its market?