Salvation Army Thrift Store

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I've shopped at the Salvation Army Thrift Store now for a few years, maybe 12 times or so altogether. There are 2 things I'll mention, the service and the goods. It's a large airy space with lots and lots of clothes very nicely divided by type of garment and color. The furniture is wobbly and you can get new stuff at Ikea for just about the same price! Sometimes there are good knick-knacks but rarely. Beautiful brand name ladies' garments, sequins, etc. for dirt cheap! Great! The clothing values. That is the reason to go. You do need to sort through all sizes and some soiled garments.

The service is uneven to be upbeat about it! Today it was very "uneven"! A sales associate hollers "This is not a day care facility! Your children should be watched!..." She's got a point and the sales associates have valid points! It's just that they do seem to take pleasure in literally scolding the customers! It's probably the way wardens treat the women prisoners in prison! At least, that's what I can tell from having watched movies about women in prison. If you want to be "punished", it is a good place to go. So service can go from friendly sometimes if you're lucky to punishing. The service is by people without manners, and who can be very in-your-face and it is condoned by management as I have witnessed managers act in this rude,dehumanizing fashion. I therefore refuse to give anything to their bell-ringing Christmastime reps! But I do donate my good old stuff to their thrift stores.

Tip for trying on clothes. Wear slip-on shoes. Wear tight fitting clothes so you can step into and pull up skirts and pants and blouses over your head--they have large mirrors.

Then walk north on Steinway a couple of blocks to goodwill store where you will find a smaller selection/store, higher prices but divinely sweet service. They are angels there.

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★★★★☆

I've shopped at the Salvation Army Thrift Store now for a few years, maybe 12 times or so altogether. There are 2 things I'll mention, the service and the goods. It's a large airy space with lots and lots of clothes very nicely divided by type of garment and color. The furniture is wobbly and you can get new stuff at Ikea for just about the same price! Sometimes there are good knick-knacks but rarely. Beautiful brand name ladies' garments, sequins, etc. for dirt cheap! Great! The clothing values. That is the reason to go. You do need to sort through all sizes and some soiled garments.

The service is uneven to be upbeat about it! Today it was very "uneven"! A sales associate hollers "This is not a day care facility! Your children should be watched!..." She's got a point and the sales associates have valid points! It's just that they do seem to take pleasure in literally scolding the customers! It's probably the way wardens treat the women prisoners in prison! At least, that's what I can tell from having watched movies about women in prison. If you want to be "punished", it is a good place to go. So service can go from friendly sometimes if you're lucky to punishing. The service is by people without manners, and who can be very in-your-face and it is condoned by management as I have witnessed managers act in this rude,dehumanizing fashion. I therefore refuse to give anything to their bell-ringing Christmastime reps! But I do donate my good old stuff to their thrift stores.

Tip for trying on clothes. Wear slip-on shoes. Wear tight fitting clothes so you can step into and pull up skirts and pants and blouses over your head--they have large mirrors.

Then walk north on Steinway a couple of blocks to goodwill store where you will find a smaller selection/store, higher prices but divinely sweet service. They are angels there.

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A lot of clothing to dig through if you're into that, limited books/cds and no magazines that I saw. I found several great clothing items and a couple of CDs as well. However, I bought a DVD and came home to find that the case was empty-- an oversight on my part and on theirs. The clothing is not organized by size or color, so you have to be willing to spend time there. Another con-- no dressing rooms. You sort of have to vie for mirror space as you 'try on' items in public. People are good-natured about it, though. There is tons of turnover here, so overall a good place if you're willing to do some digging.

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★★★☆☆

A lot of clothing to dig through if you're into that, limited books/cds and no magazines that I saw. I found several great clothing items and a couple of CDs as well. However, I bought a DVD and came home to find that the case was empty-- an oversight on my part and on theirs. The clothing is not organized by size or color, so you have to be willing to spend time there. Another con-- no dressing rooms. You sort of have to vie for mirror space as you 'try on' items in public. People are good-natured about it, though. There is tons of turnover here, so overall a good place if you're willing to do some digging.

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As far as thrift stores go, the Salvation Army on Steinway St and 34th Avenue in southern Astoria has a good selection of all kinds of stuff, from clothes to old books, records and more. It's your typical thirft shop, with really cheap prices and lots of strange shirts and suits. The staff is really helpful, and generally tons of new things come through the doors each week.

PROS: Good selection, low prices
CONS: Closes too early on weekdays

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★★★★☆

As far as thrift stores go, the Salvation Army on Steinway St and 34th Avenue in southern Astoria has a good selection of all kinds of stuff, from clothes to old books, records and more. It's your typical thirft shop, with really cheap prices and lots of strange shirts and suits. The staff is really helpful, and generally tons of new things come through the doors each week.

PROS: Good selection, low prices
CONS: Closes too early on weekdays

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