One thing that I love to do while traveling is to visit the local thrift stores. I’ve been going to Hood River, Oregon for the past six years and have always wished that they had a Goodwill. Alas, it’s a really small place and it seemed a Goodwill location would never be a reality. Imagine my surprise when we arrived in town this summer and I spotted not only a Goodwill, but a Goodwill Boutique store! To say I was giddy is an understatement.
My first impression was that the store looked like a little boutique, so far, so good. I immediately spotted Dolce Gabanna, Coach, and AKRIS Punto. Yay! Next, I started looking at the prices…ouch. I have to preface this by saying that we are soooo spoiled in Houston. We have fabulous brands at our Goodwill for crazy low prices. This boutique store definitely didn’t follow our Houston model. I think the cheapest top I saw was a sleeveless Ann Taylor tank for $14.99. I was definitely in sticker shock.
After spending about an hour shopping, I was able to come up with a few good buys. My favorite items were a sparkly, Tory Burch tunic for $39.99 and a cute Ferragamo purse for $24.99.
Beyond these deals, I was really disappointed in the pricing. Many of the items were being sold for the equivalent price of the item if you would have bought it brand new on clearance.
All in all, a nice, clean, well-organized store that’s a bit pricey.