Visit Thrift Shops Where the Rich Live

SIMPLE FACT: Thrift shops in wealthy neighborhoods have better quality goods.

I don’t do as much thrift shop shopping as I used to, but I still hit them occasionally and keep my eyes open for new places. Well last week I had an occasion to visit Mercer Island, WA. Mercer Island is a very expensive and exclusive suburb of Seattle and home to one Mr. William Gates who owns a little company nearby called Microsoft. Small fixer-upper homes on Mercer Island start at a little over $800,000, with the average home probably going for around $2 million.

Before leaving home I hit Google and typed Mercer Island Thrift Shop into Google and got the following result:

It turned out it was the only one on Mercer Island, but what a great store. This is proof it pays to thrift shop where the rich live. Look at this one review I found:

“This thrift shop prides itself on its boutique feel and higher-end offerings of second-hand clothing and housewares.”

And they were not kidding. Here is a short list of just some of the things I found:

-Almost new Cuisinart food processor in the box with all manuals – $25
-Burberry cashmere scarves (2)   –$15 for the pair.
-Lee women’s Blue jeans, very light wear and tear for only $7.00
-Old Nikon F film camera in excellent condition with extra lens and case – $75
-About a dozen pair of women’s Nike shoes –all for between $3 and $5 each (A few were in poor condition, but most were pretty good).
-Racks of famous name brand ladies blouses and slacks for between $2 and $10 each –Most are lightly used but many pieces still have the original new tags on them.

Remember to mark the merchandise as “Used,” even the ones that have new tags on them.  This will prevent issues with restricted brands and intellectual property complaints.

Now you might make the occasional find like these things in your local thrift shop in a lower or middle class neighborhood –but if you live in or near a city with a wealthy neighborhood containing a thrift shop, then I suggest you make a special trip or put it on your list for a regular stop.

1 Comment

  1. That is a great tip. I’ve been to that same thrift shop. I deal almost entirely in books and games. Sometimes I find almost nothing, other times I end up with a good haul. One lesson is not to write off a source because of one visit.

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