Today was a bit of a sad day. For years Value Village has been my favorite thrift, and most Thursday mornings I can be found at their $2 tag sale, looking for clothes to flip. In fact, Value Village is the only thrift store I visit regularly, and other than a rare yard sale find, the only place I buy clothes to resell. A couple weeks ago I found out that our local Value Village location is closing. I was surprised by how sad I felt. I have literally spent hundreds of hours there. It’s hard to believe by the end of the weekend it will be no more.
It’s not that it wasn’t making money. It was. The issue is the location, which until a couple years ago it shared with a K-Mart. Since K-Mart went out of business the other part of the building has sat empty. Word on the street is that our local hospital has bought the location and is going to use it as satellite parking. So, poof. Farewell Value Village. And at this point they aren’t looking at finding a new location, although I have already gone to their website imploring them to do just that. VV will certainly be missed in our community.
This morning I stopped in for my normal VV Thursday morning shopping. The entire store is 50% off, but there isn’t much left. Over half the store is already empty. What’s left is fairly picked over, and to be honest not that great of a deal anyway, at least for flipping. I really loved their $2 tag day, and could often fill a cart with NWT items I found throughout the store.
And so it goes.
Speaking of Value Village (and probably Savers too, for those of you that live in Savers territory) – if you are a Swagbucks user, you should think about linking your credit card for local rewards if you haven’t already. Every week after shopping at VV I would get an e-mail about points I had earned, which equaled 7% of my purchase price.
Each Swagbuck loosely equals a penny, which means I have earned at least $1778.42. (This estimate is actually low because I often redeem gift cards that are on sale, which cost fewer SB.) I have kinda fallen off the Swagbucks bandwagon lately so I haven’t been earning them as quickly, but my husband still regularly earns $50+/mo, which he usually uses as his movie money. (He most often redeems for Regal gift cards.)
If you are not yet on Swagbucks but are thinking about joining, please consider using my referral link HERE. If you use my link when signing up we will both get a bonus 300 SB (roughly equivalent to $3). There are dozens upon dozens of ways to earn SB in addition to shopping at places like Value Village – which I would be doing with or without the SB reward! (My husband got 800 SB a couple days ago for signing us up for Disney+.) Gotta love free money.