In my last post, I mentioned that we just got back from a trip to San Francisco/Berkeley. I decided that on this final trip of the year I would go to a GW store. You have to remember that I go on these trips with DH, and a trip to the thrift store is never in the schedule. This time I threatened to have a major tantrum and throw myself on the ground if I couldn’t go to the TS.
Me, whining to DH: We ALWAYS do what you wanna do! Why can’t we do something I want to do this time? DH: Okay, I don’t want to hear you! Find out where it is and we’ll go Saturday morning. Me: Yippee!! Ya’ll know this is not too far from the truth!
I quickly search on my Smart Phone for Goodwill Store San Francisco. Well, guess what? I discovered there is a store that is called the AS-IS store and you can buy clothes there for $2!! It’s not a regular retail store and it’s rather junky, but I certainly don’t care, not at $2 per piece.
Okay, so this picture is not the real door to the as-is store, but it’s pretty darn close. This “store” (and I use the term loosely) is just around the corner from the real retail thrift store.
This is a picture of the real thrift store. The as-is “store” is located behind on a side street and it is a hole-in-the-wall.
These pictures are from the internet taken a few years ago. I was surprised that there weren’t so many folks when I was there; and instead of bins, there are now tables to sort through:
All clothing is $2, except children’s clothes and stuffed toys are $1. I arrived just before 10 a.m. and there wasn’t too much left (plus DH was waiting in the car for me) so I didn’t spend too much time looking. Still, I managed to find a few things and came home with a bagful of clothes.
Just to mention a few: A Queen of Hearts costume, a couple of down-filled jackets by London Fog, a couple of Chico’s items, a Ralph Lauren Black Label polo shirt, and a Starbucks shirt, all in great condition.
We then drove around the block to the real GW store. Boy, talk about sticker shock!! It’s a very nice store that is well-stocked and organized. You could almost believe you are in a department store. But it also has the prices to go with it. After just spending $2 on a brand new Chico’s Travelers pants, I could not see myself spending $7.50 for a shirt; some items were priced higher. Needless to say, I bought nothing …
Anyway, the as-is clearance store has auctions during the week. The store is open until 11:30 to vendors/resellers who buy bulk quantities at auction. I was lamenting that I live too far way to make a weekly trip to SF (over 300 miles one way). So I had to find out if there were any as-is (or outlet) GW stores in So. California. Guess what?! There are 3 … woohoo! They’ve been around a few years and I know they exist throughout the country. I just don’t why they haven’t been on my radar screen. I always seem to be a dollar short and a day late. Hopefully, not this time …
I am definitely going to check these out and will let you know how this works out for me. … And, as for DH, he has now decided that he wouldn’t mind making a trip to San Fran every 3 months to stock up on inventory! Now who’s having the tantrum?!