A friend of mine recently told me about a “new” thrift store she has been frequenting, called “Hillcrest Thrift Store” in Lee’s Summit, where she was able to purchase several education books for $0.25 apiece. I thought I knew about all the thrift stores in Lee’s summit, so I was happily surprised to find another quality thrift store mere minutes away from my current favorite, “Red Racks.”
First of all, I have to say that they do feature very good prices for kids clothing, and in amazing condition. With the exception of one pair of pants, all the items I purchased were $1 (the pants were $2), and I purposely chose items that were “half off (the blue tags)”, so 10 of the 11 clothing items I purchased were just $0.50 apiece (the pants, of course costing me $1).
But their selection is limited to about 5 short aisles, and I couldn’t find coats, jackets, or pajamas anywhere (the main items I was looking for). I do realize that most thrift stores don’t bring out the coats or jackets until fall (with the exception of the Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores, which keep them on the racks year round), but I was hoping they would have at least a few pajamas. Sadly, they did not.
I also wasn’t thrilled that the store was on two levels, with a set of steps separating them. This means that, if you have a cart, you have to walk the length of the store, through the furniture section, to find the one ramp that leads to the lower level.
There was a nice sized section for household goods, and even a wall of board games, but I did not see any books there, something else I had gone in for. My best guess is that I missed them somewhere in between the irritated sounds of a three year old, and the incessance of a five year old pleading with me to “be done already.”
The most expensive items I purchased were the 5 pairs of shoes. They were green tag items, so their $2 price tag was final. But am I really going to complain about $2 for shoes that are in practically new condition? No Sir, not me! Unfortunately they did bump up my total cost from $6 to $16. But, again, I’m not complaining. I’d be struggling to find just one pair at Famous Footwear for less than that price, and these were good shoes (ASICS for kids, anyone?).
And there was one unexpected perk. Apparently, they have a “free toy” bin. Every child who wants one may have “just one” free toy. Dragon boy made his selection, but Tiger boy didn’t like what was available, so he went home empty handed.
But he was the only one. Dragon boy, “new” toy in hand, joined me and my 16 items in a happy dance of satisfaction. And I like knowing that the money I spent goes toward impoverished children and their families. Just another perk in buying thrift-you get to save money and donate toward a cause all in one transaction!