Bag Day Bounty

The contents of one single thrift store bag on Bag Day.

My favorite thrift store recently introduced a new promotion – bag days. Every Monday, shoppers can buy a large plastic bag – about the size of a tall kitchen garbage bag – for $7.00 and put as many pieces of clothing and linens as they can fit in it. They’ve been holding bag days for a few weeks now and I hadn’t gone because I wasn’t convinced that was a good deal. Clothes at the store are normally $.50 each, so I’d need to fit at least 14 items to break even. But I decided it was worth checking into, as a sort of shopping experiment.

I spent about 90 minutes in the store, sifting through the mounds of unsorted clothes, and was able to find some cute outfits. I wasn’t keeping close count as I tightly rolled and placed each item in the bag, but I was pretty sure when my bag was half full that I had at least 14 items in there. So I continued.

Only when I got home was I able to count up my haul and determine if it was a good deal. Yeah, it was a very good deal. I got 36 items for $7.00. Among the finds are a pair of linen Chico’s pants, several Gymboree shorts, shirts and capris, an Orvis knit top, three wool sweaters, a Fresh Produce ruffled top, two linen girls dresses and an American Eagle sweatshirt in perfect condition.

I may have to add Bag Day to my calendar on a more regular basis!


2 Responses to “Bag Day Bounty”

  1. 1 Sandra Beckwith March 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Nice! I’m inspired to try this myself!

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