I happened to be near Danville, Va. during Veterans Day weekend and I couldn’t resist finding a thrift store and checking it out. When my aunt and uncle said there was one on Main Street, my cousin and I said, “Game on.” We didn’t have as much time to the peruse the racks as I would have liked, but I managed to find a few things and spent $10. I definitely intend to make the trip back for a longer look.
Keeping my military theme going, a couple of weeks later, I made the trip down to my adopted hometown of Hinesville, Ga. to handle some family affairs. If you don’t know anything about this part of Georgia, it’s near the east coast of the state and a part of its charm is that it is close to Fort Stewart, an Army installation, and about 45 minutes away from Savannah, Ga.
I paid my first ever visit to the Goodwill in Hinesville and boy am I glad I did. I was there to drop off some donations, but I couldn’t resist a peek inside the store. Pure and simple, this place rocks!
Thrift stores near military installations — think Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy — are the prefect place to find a military style jacket — a classic hot fashion item. I am enamored with the Marine Corps dress uniform and was all too happy to see the selection that I found at this Goodwill. In fact, I was surprised at the selection that I found for each of the services. I lucked up on a Marine Corps dress jacket and an Army dress uniform jacket that was actually made for a woman. Score!
I can’t sing the praises of this place enough. It’s not huge, but it is clean, incredibly well organized and when the cashier asked, “Would you like to join our preferred customer program? It’s good at all of our stores in the Coastal Empire.” She could have knocked me over with a feather. A preferred customer program that I can use in pretty much any of the cities in east Georgia? Please and thank you. Preferred customers get a point for every $1 they spend and customers that earn 250 points get 25 percent of their shopping experience! And if you are military or a military dependent you can get 10 percent off your purchase every day.
I can’t lie, I earned 35 points in my first trip. But what I got far exceeds what I spent — two vintage dresses and sandals for next summer. My thrifty heart and my wallet are forever in the service of the good folks of Goodwill.
My only complaint — and it is very minor — is that there are only two dressing rooms and a three item limit. Y’all know what I did. I simply tried on all my items right near the racks out where everyone was shopping. Yes, I got crazy side-eyes. No, I didn’t care. Reese would have been proud.
If you live near a military installation and like military inspired clothes, a thrift store near a military base is a way to go.
Until next time…keep it thrifty.