Tomorrow (Saturday October 6, 2012) is the long-awaited Salvation Army Coat Sale for this Fall/Winter Season. The price list hasn't gone public yet, but expect extremely reasonable prices for secondhand leather, fur, down and wool coats.
Last year Carol and I went to the Salvation Army Coat Sale unassumingly and we scored some ridiculous finds (read that post here). I got a new Elizabeth and James leather jacket (I'm wearing it in the picture above) that retailed for nearly 1k for only $30. Carol brought home a vintage Gap leather hooded jacket that retailed for $300 new for $30. Needless to say, thrifty folks in the tri-state area and beyond have been looking forward to this sale all year!
UPDATE: THE NEXT SALVATION ARMY COAT SALE has been moved to December 8, 2012 at the Hells Kitchen Location - 536 w 46 Street. Doors open at 9am.
The last coat sale is scheduled for January 5, 2013.
Salvation Army Coat Sale Shopping Tips:
- get there early for best selection (there will be quite a crowd and lots of dealers)
- bring a bottle of water (you may get parched)
- dress comfortably
- wear a cross-body bag so you can shop hands free and don't risk losing any valuables
- bring a reusable bag (they will give you giant garbage bags)
- eat beforehand
- bring antibacterial hand-gel and tissues
- take a friend with you (looking through hundreds of racks of coats alone can be overwhelming)
- go to the bathroom beforehand
- plan to be there for at least 2 hours (there are thousands of coats)
- cash or credit (they take both)
Do you enjoy thrift shopping? If so, what are your favorite places to go? Leave your comments below.