Shopping at thrift stores is not all about great deals. There is also the "WTF" factor. Where you see something and you have no idea why anyone would ever own or buy. Ugly Christmas sweaters abound, but I enjoy the trinket section for a good laugh, there is always something perverted there.
Thrifting does take work - clothes are only loosely sorted according to style (t-shirt, jeans, long-sleeves), you are going to have to look at sizes on anything you think you will like. Records, CDs, books...all just thrown on their own shelf with no sorting, rhyme, or reason. To go through and entire store properly could take hours the first time...but I am rarely that committed, I don't like shopping that much. Subsequent visits every couple weeks will drastically reduce that time for future visits. My favorite thrift stores (that I usually visit around once a month) I can usually go through in about 30 minutes or hit the highlights in about 10 minutes. There is a lot of turnover, but enough is the same that I just need a quick glance to spot the newly arrived items that I might be interested in. I usually only buy something about 30% of the time. I wish I would stumble across all the old Megadeth t-shirts that I used to have...but so far it is not to be.
Target for around $120). They are not the best stereos in the world but I had been thinking about getting something like this to hold me over until I decided to build a new component stereo system...this is a cheap system, but for $26 it is a decent deal...I am not expecting miracles. I wanted to check out a few other things before I left, so I didn't grab it (yep, broke the number one rule in thrift shopping...grab anything you are slightly interested in). It was a little too awkward to carry it around and I hate shopping with a cart.
Ten minutes later, I go to grab it and check out but it is gone. Oh well. I go to the checkout to buy a couple CDs and their is a lady in front of me with record player. She isn't happy, she seems like one of those people that has to argue about everything. She's already argued that a shirt has a small tear so she needs a discount and now she wants to argue about the price of the record player. The clerk gets the manager and the customer starts saying that $26 is too much for something that is "AS-IS" and she can't test it. The manager didn't look like he wanted to deal with her so he dropped it down to $15. She still wasn't happy. "This thing is only worth $10 and you'll be lucky that I pay that...no one else is going to buy it, it's probably broke. I'm probably just throwing my money away as it is." The manager looks very conflicted...hiss face tells you that he doesn't want to go lower, but that he also doesn't want to deal with this woman who is just being a bitch.