Went to my First Thrift Store Today

As an adult, anyway. No, this trip was not influenced by Macklemore. I think.

I do a lot of background acting in North Carolina (you can see me in We're the Millers, Revolution, Under the Dome, etc.), and, as a background actor, you're often expected to bring your own wardrobe. The more options you have, the better. You generally can't have anything too bright or with logos/images, and, in my case, that greatly limits what I can bring. I often have to take my brother's clothes, so I've been slowly building up a new wardrobe for myself, primarily for background work, but also because I've been wanting to change up my style anyway.

Sorry, Giant Bomb Emporium, but your shirts are too flashy.

I read a post on Facebook about one background actor who makes a trip to a thrift store every week or so, limiting themselves to spending $1. That sounded like a great way to quickly build up my new clothing collection, so, for the first time, I dropped by my local shop that I've passed numerous times over the past couple of years. I donated four pairs of pants my brother gave me as the logos were too big for me to wear on set and then went to the back to browse. I came away with two pairs of pants for $1 and a like-new garment bag (along with the two hangers and U.S. Army garrison cap inside) for $3, making for $4 total. Not bad! I've been badly needing a proper garment bag as my clothes would often wrinkle on the two to three-hour drives I often have to take to set, and carrying them around was always a hassle. I suspect I got a better deal because of the pants I donated as she originally wasn't going to charge me for the clothing. I didn't feel right about that and told her to charge me what she thought was fair.

The store also had a PlayStation and PlayStation 2 I briefly considered picking up, but they didn't have any cables or controllers. There were also some older games, like SSX Tricky for the Xbox. As I drove away, I fantasized about what it would have been like to find a fully working Dreamcast and a copy of Shenmue. I wouldn't be writing this right now, that's for sure!

Now that I have my garrison cap, it's time to hit up the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist and pick up women looking for military guys. I should probably shave first, right?

My default Casual Encounters face. Works every time.

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Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff

Forgot to ask in the post. Have you guys found anything special/cool at a thrift shop? Any particularly awesome deals?

Edited by Rorie

@charlesalanratliff: I bought a pair of Allen Edmonds, really classy shoes, for $22 once. Really nice shoes, just a bit too big for comfort, but still nice to wear out and about.

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Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

@rorie: Just based on a brief Google search, it seems like you got a pretty amazing deal there. The majority of the pairs I'm looking at are $250+!

Posted by JCTango

I actually found a pretty good Raptors jersey in one... granted, it was a replica... and.... it was a Raptors jersey.. but still..

Edited by I_Stay_Puft

Thrifts stores have become my bookstores as of late. I remember going out there and getting some pretty nifty deals think I think I got like the first 10 volumes of Ultimate Spiderman for 15 bucks or so.

Edited by Chop

Fuck yeah, value village! I always buy such stupid shit when I go to a thrift store. Clothing isn't my weakness, it's always the retro home decor that gets me.

if anybody wants a stupid, creepy dog lamp...you can't have it, it's mine!

Posted by sanmier

cute T-shirt

Posted by millionthlayla

There's a nice thrift store near my house. I'm cheap, but I'm also a bit picky, so it's nice to get affordable, cute clothing that is still in great shape. I'll never buy underwear or shoes at one, though. =p Awesome that your visit worked out well for you. :)

Posted by SexyToad

Your grandpa's coat.

Edited by Blu3V3nom07

Oh, he got them velcro.

Edited by Missacre

I've found some neat stuff at thrift stores. Last time I went, I got a couple of cute skirts, a nice (real!) leather jacket, overalls, and some walkie talkies, all for $15. The highlight of my visits, though, was when I found a still sealed Beatles record. It wasn't anything extraordinary, but a closed copy of Help! was neat nonetheless.

Posted by rachelepithet

Theres moths in these raincoats

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Posted by Rick_Fingers

Way to rock that motherfucker

And I've honestly never bought used clothing. My wife always likes to browse them, and will point out stuff she knows I'll like, but at some point the fact the clothes are used always weirds me out.

Which makes no sense, since I am really not very hung up about that kind of thing, but clothes specifically get me.

Sucks too, as I've missed out on some great stuff (like a dark brown leather jacket I have had sex dreams about it was that fucking hot)

Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

@missacre: That's a nice haul, especially The Beatles record. I saw a lot of great lady shoes when I was there. I'm not a crossdresser, but I was certainly tempted to get some. They were so cool! Like something an assassin would wear (or Bayonetta, actually).

I think I got like the first 10 volumes of Ultimate Spiderman for 15 bucks or so.

I didn't see anything nearly that cool in my store's reading section.

@sanmier said:

cute T-shirt

Thank you. I got it for donating to Double Fine's Broken Age Kickstarter.

I'll never buy underwear ... at one, though. =p

I saw a couple of pairs at my store. I thought it was kind of weird they had them at all!

Oh, he got them velcro.

Posted by Missacre

@missacre: That's a nice haul, especially The Beatles record. I saw a lot of great lady shoes when I was there. I'm not a crossdresser, but I was certainly tempted to get some. They were so cool! Like something an assassin would wear (or Bayonetta, actually).

Oh yeah they do have a lot of neat shoes at thrift stores. I've bought a few pairs, and I always thoroughly wash and disinfect them before I use them, just to be safe. That's why I love thrift stores, you never know what you'll find.