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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Thrifting by the Kilo

Life just changed.

A few days ago, a friend took us (without kids) to the Bazaar/Market/Flea Market to look at some second hand stores.  We felt like the second hand stores we had been in were over-priced and that there had to be a lower-end place to get some cheap fabric/craft items (old clothes).  

So, we set out.  At this market, we found some used t-shirts for $10.  This still seemed high.  Were not completely sure what drives pricing here -- it could be out of desperation, it could be out of what a boss is telling them to price it at, it could be out of just not knowing how much could really be sold.  Anyway, we started on a rabbit trail of finding out who bought from who, etc.  Not only were we told that these clothes were coming from America's Goodwill, etc, but also many other places around the world. 

We were directed to a building about a mile away.  One of the store owners had told us that this is where she got her clothes from.  This large room was empty except for 50 huge bags of clothes and shoes.  This store was representing clothes from Sweden.  Each bag weighed 20 kilo (times that by 2.2 and you get the pounds = 44lbs?).  Each kilo cost about $12...making each bag approx. $220.  So...I get the desperation, these people have put a lot of $$ into their merchandise.  With the clothes pre-bagged, I still wanted to get a closer look...AND, I didn't want 44 lbs. of random clothes in our apt...no matter how big the crafting itch!  

The next store was similar to the first, only from another European country.  The third place was different.  It was a huge concrete room with piles and piles of individual clothes.  These clothes were from France.  Here, depending on the pile, some clothes were $10/kilo, some $2/kilo, etc.  Of course, we went for the $2/kilo!  I got the red t-shirts I needed for some decorations I'm working on.  Plus, some fabric and trim!!  Who would have thought?! 

 Overall, great experience, great scouting trip!  

Here's a pic of the good's:

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