Do you have a place where you can buy clothes by the pound?
Here we have the Goodwill Salvage Store, adjacent to the Farmer's Market downtown. It's where unsold clothes go for one last gasp before being baled for rag material.
Normally they're priced at $1.49/lb, but they go for 99 cents/lb. on Wednesdays.
While I'm fascinated by the concept, the store itself leaves a lot to be desired. (And this, from a veteran thrifter, is no joke.)
First, many of the clothes have defects.
After all, someone gave them away in the first place, then they didn't sell. You do have to scrutinize.
Second, the smell.
Put a lot of old clothes in a warehouse next to a tobacco manufacturing plant and open a convenient bathroom to the homeless people of downtown.
Third, the safety factor.
If you look like a suburban mom, you are a target for panhandlers, ranting religious zealots, and all the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
So why do I go? I'm honestly not sure.
I like the thought that in all the clothes aggregated from our Goodwill region, someone missed a treasure, like the St. John suit I sold on Ebay. I like that summer children's clothes, which hardly weigh anything, cost under a quarter apiece. I like that I may be the only one to recognize that Williams-Sonoma tablecloth or the print of a Vera Bradley bag.
Granted, you do have to dig through a cardboard box to find them, but that's part of the experience. If you have an opportunity to shop "by the pound," it helps to choose light, thin garments: cotton, silk, poly blends.
Just don't forget to go to the bathroom before leaving home, lock your car doors, and carry the antibacterial wipes with you.