Today, I was having a hard time finding creative inspiration. To get motivated, I decided to head to two of my favorite spots for thrift shopping. One is a thrift store with stuff that’s in pretty bad shape. I know that many thrift stores around town drop their rejects at this store.
The other is a furniture consignment resale store – where I got this piece.
So I’m looking for something to repurpose. A table, or a chest of drawers, or something funky to turn into something fabulous.
I start at the consignment store and find a small dresser with the top drawer missing. The top is all scratched and damaged. Perfect! I’m thinking I could turn it into a bar or a cabinet with a pull-out drawer – the ideas are flowing!
I think to myself that the dresser should cost me about $35-50, given its condition, but realistically I’d spend up to $60, since it’s solid wood. So, I check the price tag.
Anyone want to guess what it said? Whatever you just guessed, go higher.
It was $250.00
I audibly gasped.
Seriously?!? Yes, it’s solid wood, but it’s BROKEN. It’s in terrible shape. I could easily see someone having something like this and leaving it in their trash pile.
I look around the store a bit longer, but I’m discouraged. All of the prices are, relatively, sky-high.
$20 for a broken candlestick.
$118 for a pair of stools that have wood seats that are scratched. I can buy new stools that look just like these for $50 apiece at HomeGoods.
I leave and think I’ll have better luck at the thrift store. The one that gets the stuff that’s not sellable at other thrift stores.
I found a cabinet door – no cabinet, mind you. Just the door. $5.
I find a broken chair. $19.
It was BROKEN.
Now, I realize that these are examples from just two stores. But (a) I’ve found it’s the same at other thrift stores, like Goodwill and Salvation Army stores, as well. And (b) I’m not the only one who’s noticed this trend. Several people I know who shop regularly at thrift stores have noted the same thing.
Is this the end of true thrift store shopping? Are the days of the $30 desk or the $5 chair gone? And are people really paying $250 for a broken dresser?
What do you think?