Shopping at Goodwill pays
Today at Goodwill I found a wonderful black merino wool turtleneck sweater: exactly what I wanted. I have been pricing different options online but have not found the quality I would like within my price range. I wore my current turtleneck to pieces in only two winters so I felt justified in purchasing a higher quality this year.
I could easily go to Banana Republic online, click “Womens,” click “Sweaters,” select “Turtlenecks,” and purchase a wonderfully versatile piece in the exact color and style I want, all in about 5 minutes. Why should I waste an hour of my time sorting through racks and racks of clothing?
Thrift store shopping is worth the hassle for me. I am able indulge my Banana Republic taste on an Old Navy budget. The clothing in my wardrobe is the high quality that I prefer without the high price.
I do not mind spending a long time searching for clothing instead just click-click-clicking on exactly what I want. At this point in my life I have much more time than money. I was prepared to budget $50 for a black merino wool turtleneck. My sweater cost only $4, which makes my hour of searching worth $46.
My friends who are impressed by my Goodwill “luck” say that they are overwhelmed by all of the clothes to sort through or that all of the time spent shopping is not worth the hassle. Today I went to work and served food for two hours (including to one particularly cranky table!) and earned $20. Sorting through racks of clothes is not my favorite “job,” but it pays well!