Thrift stores, such as Goodwill, vary widely in their pricing. Recently, as thrift store shopping has become more popular, Goodwill has come under fire for increasing their prices, sometimes to the point of being close to standard retail prices for new goods.
It is possible to find bargains at Goodwill. Waiting for a half-off sale or buying items by the pound at the company's outlet stores are the best ways to save money on their goods. A perusal of Goodwill's own auction website shows that the company has knowledgeable staff who are familiar enough with antiques, designer brands and other valuables to price such things accordingly. Other thrift stores, such as St. Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army and Value Village, offer alternatives for bargain-hunting.