Monday, March 4, 2013

I needed new clothes to fit my new body. At the end of P2 I bought a pair of jeans, size 8. And now they are too loose. So I went thrift Store Shopping in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Having never been shopping there I googled and asked around as to where the best deals could be found. Following is a review of the stores I visited and what worked for me. But, before I list the stores and my ratings Here is some of what I found. 2 pair of size 6 jeans (and yes one is a pair of skinny jeans)  Those of you who know me know my opinion of skinny jeans. LOL However I decided that they are perfect for tucking into boots. 2 sweaters, 1 jacket, 4 tops, 1 designer leather handbag all for under $40. Yeah! most items were Coldwater Bay or Chico's brands.

I also found a couple other non-wearable items, 1 NIV bible for 25cents, 1 red fuzzy scarf for $1. A birdcage for $11 and donut baking pan for $3.

Now for the list of stores:
Goodwill, 3157 Sunset Ave, Springdale - this store was clean and well organized and the dressing rooms were large enough to turn around in. All of the staff were pleasant and helpful. over all I would give this thrift store a 5 out of 5.
Potters House, 2703 N Drake St, Fayetteville - I found several of my items here. This shop is definitely worth checking out.  The clothing was organized by size and color.  The staff were pleasant, Dressing rooms were small and there were only 2 and a constant waiting line.  You could find a lot of other items here beyond clothing. Because of cleanliness I would only give this store a 3 1/2 out of 5.
Second Chance - 3865 S. Old Missouri Road, Springdale - Not a large store but they did allow you to use the restroom.  The staff was very friendly and personable. It seemed like most of the clothes were either petites or 12 and up. Because of the friendliness of the staff I would visit this store again, but only give it a 3 out of 5, for selection and it was so cold everyone was wearing their coats, made the experience unpleasant. 
Peace at Home Thrift Store , 1200 N Garland, Fayetteville - Clothes run small, dirty, very small dressing room.  The girls behind the counter were nice but there was staff sitting around flirting and being a little loud.  I did not find the atmosphere welcoming at all.  I would only give this store a 1 out of 5 and will not visit it again.

My tip for shopping is wear shoes you can slip off and on easily and the same for the rest of your clothing.  I wore a tank I could try tops on with out removing it, with a zip up jacket that I did not have to take off over my head. Sweat pants that were fast to take on and off.

Next Week I'm headed to Branson to try out the thrift stores there.  I'll let you know how I find them

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