On Sunday January 10th during the all-day down pour my sister and I ventured off to nearby town Belleville, Ontario to check out the Value Village there for “Half Price Day”! Now I have mentioned a few times in the past that I believe Kingston has its own idea of appropriate pricing compared to other locations, this trip was no different as I was blown away at the prices of average mall brands (ie: Reitmans, Rickis, Smart Set) for just $5.99 whereas Kingston would start them at $9.99!
I did not start out my day with thrift shopping in mind, quite honestly I knew the Value Village 50% off days were coming up so I thought I should behave. While I was out running errands (on a Saturday – gasp!) I thought seeing as I had time I would stop in and check out the prices at the local Salvation Army. Although it has improved greatly I find it to be a challenging place to shop.
For me the low prices would make up for the difficulty of searching through racks. Its a smaller shop than Value Village, but it seems to be organized in just basics: women’s tops, women’s pants, dresses… As much as I am not big on sizes and labels I do find it far more calming to shop when you start in one size and gradually work to another. They have standard pricing for the most part, most tops were $4.50 from what I could tell – which is still a great price but a challenge to find!
The pricing as I’ve said before, is not what it used to be when I shopped as a child – before “thrifting” was cool. A top would be $1, $2… you would leave with a full bag! Now you have to decide between this and that to keep it under $10. Quite sad really that the charity based shops had to pump prices up to compete with the big leagues.
As I’m sure you can guess I didn’t have any choice of thumbnail for the preview of this video – sadly you need to build up a subscriber base in order to use a variety of functions on YouTube! Oh well this is all a learning curve! New for 2016 I am breaking into the unique world of YouTube and video blogging, with a new camera and wardrobe setup, I’m pretty excited to see where this takes me!
Now, enjoy my crazy facial expressions in this nerve-racking introductory vlog!