From Per-Piece to Per-Pound

I got some sad news today at my favorite thrift store. For quite some time I’ve enjoyed paying bottom dollar prices for my thrift finds – and by bottom dollar, I mean clothing at 2/$1. But as of next week, the pricing structure is changing. Apparently there was some discussion about raising the cost per-piece to $.75, but management ultimately opted for charging per pound – more than $1.00 per pound, in fact.

Granted, with such low prices I may not end up paying much more than I do now, but winter coats and wool blankets I donate to the local animal shelter will become disproportionately expensive. On the other hand, the lightweight Abercrombie t-shirts and silk scarves I often pick up will probably cost less than they used to because of their almost non-existent weight.

I recall there being a store in Cambridge, Mass., near where I went to college, that charged by the pound. I think it was called Shirts-by-the-Pound, or something clever like that. My friends always seemed to get a great deal shopping there, so maybe the changes at this store won’t make such a big difference after all.

What do the stores near you charge, on average?


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