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PostSubject: Thrift Shop Malls: Foretold by Seer EB?   Tue Jan 13, 2015 3:36 am

Local area has a weird strip-mall store that sells used stuff. For-profit operation though goods roughly the same as non-profit thrift shops. Store is huge like a dep't store. apparently some space leased to independents & main floor run by owners.

Hey, frugality & re-use is all well & good but from what I saw most of their stuff was crap that one would pay 1/10th for at a garage sale. Most of customers hard-pressed Hispanics.

Saw similar deal in Mexico City where one area is big sidewalk flea market where used goods are spread out on the ground. Not really efficient but that's 3rd-World & now US reality where folks try to make or save a penny.

Psychic EB (heh) once, long ago, had dream of post-apocalyptic US where folks were retreating to the hills & could buy crude used clothing from vendors. Probably inspired by dystopian SF movies.
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PostSubject: Re: Thrift Shop Malls: Foretold by Seer EB?   Tue Jan 13, 2015 11:24 am

I'd go there before Walmart.

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PostSubject: Re: Thrift Shop Malls: Foretold by Seer EB?   Wed Jan 14, 2015 1:14 am

Thrift stores can have some good bargains but often require multiple trips to find something decent. Try to find a pair of slacks & mostly they have suit-slacks which are not esp appropriate w/o matching suit. CraigsList offers some good bargains w/o store markup, ie furniture etc.

Mexico City has their famous Central Market which is a huge wholesale spot but retails also, many locals shop there for cheap fresh produce etc. Fairly clean & well-organized. Contrast to DC's Florida Ave wholesale area which is filthy, full of dodgy immigrant-owned businesses etc.

Once (before South Sudan stuff cropped up) had a weird dream about taking bus ride in outskirts of Khartoum. Was gritty industrial area. Dunno where this came from but I guess Sudan had been mentioned in the news or something.
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