After tonight’s thrifting adventure, I would like to once again address the most popular rant of the typical shopper: the price. As I was making my way around to the front of the store headed toward the cash, I happened to glance over my shoulder and noticed something familiar. I had donated some items the week before as I was de-cluttering my living room space, I decided I didn’t need so many trinkets and pieces of cheap pottery when I had perfectly good local artist pieces on display.
This piece of pottery is meant to have two pieces, the top which they had featured on the shelf and then a base for it to sit in. I imagine it was meant for a candle – though I didn’t use it for this purpose. So thought number one: it’s missing its base (which I did donate at the same time); thought number two: HOLY MACKEREL $29.99?!!
Considering this was no gem of an item, I stopped dead in my tracks. On a regular day, I would gasp at this price – even if it was a handcrafted item. In a secondhand store you should not see this price unless its a large piece of furniture or maybe a coat. This item I bought about three years ago when I got my first Kingston apartment. I paid $2.99.
$2.99! For the same set that they’ve chosen to sell separately for an outrageous price! Again my confusion over Value Village’s pricing was brought to light. A follower on my instagram account suggested I bring that to an employee’s attention, but I can’t imagine they would care as they always insist things can’t be sold without a price and are pretty firm on prices unless they have a duplicate item priced differently.
I rounded the corner towards the cashier’s row and stopped by the bracelet rack. I look at these racks less and less as their prices on jewellery are climbing much like clothing and housewares. I found a painted wood bangle with a cat face – of all the silly things I’ve seen I can think of a ton of people in my life that would adore it either for a tacky reason or their insane love of cats. Such a simple piece was priced at $5.99. Also on the rack an elastic, interwoven wood bead bracelet for only $1.99. From a design perspective, the second bracelet would have taken hours to create! For me it wouldn’t even be worth all the effort!
I decided to do a bit of research as to the guidelines Value Village uses for pricing their items, but I came up empty. I did however find a million and one complaint comments and blogs discussing the cost increase and quality decrease.
One time, I saw two elderly women fighting over a gilded frame, black velvet and backlit picture of Jesus. True story.
I got a good chuckle out of this particular blog post by an ex-Value Village employee, read it at www.samposnick.com.