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(Zanesville Times-Recorder)   Going to prom on a budget? Check out your local Goodwill Store   ( divider line
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2003-04-07 11:10:12 AM  
Just be sure not to buy the condom from Goodwill.
2003-04-07 01:14:37 PM  
mmm yes, if your date likes pit stains, go to goodwill.
2003-04-07 04:57:02 PM  
"The main reason for putting this on was to show the community that we're a retail store, but we're a retail store for anybody, not just low-income individuals," said Cindy "Crazy Like a Rabid Fox and Talking Out of Her Arse" Caldwell, head of Goodwill Industries Inc. in Zanesville.
2003-04-07 04:59:25 PM  
What, people can't afford duct tape?

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2003-04-07 04:59:47 PM  
After buying the beer, weed, room and rubbers, there is never enough left for the Tux....
2003-04-07 04:59:49 PM  
Goodwill, home of 2000 10 cent coffee mugs. What, there is no cent symbol on my keyboard?
2003-04-07 04:59:57 PM  
Perfect black Oscar dela Renta: retail $800

My price: $10.
2003-04-07 05:00:27 PM  
Aw hell. I bought two slips, sewed them together (one underneath the other), and had a hell of a prom dress for about 7 bucks. It looked like something Courtney Love would wear, except floor length and therefore, had the smallest hint of class.

/white trash
2003-04-07 05:01:40 PM  
The interesting thing is that puff pieces in newspapers like this usually are generated by payola from a PR firm to a journalist. So Goodwill hired someone to get Andrea Hannon to write this cutesy story about how fantastic the shopping is. With the Ohio economy what it must be (I lived there *shudder*), I bet she got a five minute shopping spree.
2003-04-07 05:03:49 PM  
where are the war coverage news? all i got is just some japan weekly world news. pathetic.
where's Elliot Carver when you need it?
2003-04-07 05:04:24 PM  
Goodwill is the absolute worst place for thrift shopping.
At the very least go to Sal's.
2003-04-07 05:05:39 PM  
Commercial second hand stores sort through all the donated stuff before it ever hits the shelf in the Goodwill. They buy it at a steep discount, and what is left is crap. Good luck finding an $500 dress for ten bucks, cuz it ain't going to happen.
2003-04-07 05:07:17 PM  
Productiveslacker, looking for this?
2003-04-07 05:08:40 PM  
Wow, it's a real-life "Pretty in Pink". Now all we need is Duckie.
2003-04-07 05:09:19 PM  
I did the rental thing for both my proms, but I wore a Goodwill suit to a college formal dance.
2003-04-07 05:10:10 PM  
The main reason for putting this on was to show the community that we're a retail store, but we're a retail store for anybody, not just low-income individuals.

You'll be big pimpin in shiats like this one.

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2003-04-07 05:11:04 PM  
Stores like Urban Outfitters have ruined what used to be a fun time looking for t-shirts. Now by the time you get to the rack every trendy shirt store in the area has bought all the good ones to sell for $30.
2003-04-07 05:11:22 PM  
2003-04-07 05:13:14 PM if Farkers went to their proms
2003-04-07 05:13:31 PM  
That's awesome! Are you in that pic (sorry, unsure of your gender)? I wonder how that was done! I'm a "craftygoth", I'm pretty impressed by the creativity displayed in those outfits :)
2003-04-07 05:13:42 PM  
All I know is that a lot of thrift stores have gone overboard with prices in the last few years. Ever since it's become trendy to dress like a slob, (and I'm not saying that I don't), places like Savers have raised their prices a phenomenal amount. ABout five years ago, I used to buy t-shirts for a dollar or fifty cents a piece. Those prices have since risen to two or three dollars. And yes, I am complaining about paying three dollars for a secondhand shirt. Shut up.

Goodwill may not have raised their prices, but it's still a remarkably depressing place. If you can find a cheap dress there, more power to you, but it seems unlikely.
2003-04-07 05:15:49 PM  
Goodwill had their own "line" of designer jeans. Thay were called Goodies.
2003-04-07 05:16:32 PM  
04-07-03 05:05:39 PM I_Can't_Believe_It's_Not_Smegma
Commercial second hand stores sort through all the donated stuff before it ever hits the shelf in the Goodwill. They buy it at a steep discount, and what is left is crap. Good luck finding an $500 dress for ten bucks, cuz it ain't going to happen.

It really depends on where you live. If the store is closer to a wealthier community - there could be a ton of great designer clothing donated and put on the racks. I've seen some of the stuff that gets donated...
2003-04-07 05:22:03 PM  
i'm sorry, but those used underwear section is freaky
2003-04-07 05:22:38 PM  
I donate all my old bridesmaids/formal dresses to our local "prom closet". It's a great program for 'underprivileged' kids to be able to go to prom. They also take shoes, purses, pashminas, etc. Something for the other Farkettes to look into in their hometowns.
2003-04-07 05:23:02 PM  
Hey HurlyBurly, I went to MY prom, thank you very much.

In a Goodwill suit.

With my pregnant girlfriend. (Sigh).

/White Trash
2003-04-07 05:23:55 PM  
WithaK, I am also missing a 200 watt car amp and 2 8" speakers stolen on July 14th, 2002 (my freaking birthday). Cough them up. And pay for my $150 window repair too.
2003-04-07 05:24:27 PM  
Nothing says "classy" like an ill-fitting, urine-soaked tuxedo from Goodwill.
2003-04-07 05:26:27 PM  
Yeah, Goodwill, for when you just HAVE to have a brown polyester liesure suit with extra wide lapels.
Seriously, I hear they're coming back in style.
2003-04-07 05:31:18 PM  
Why spend a lot of money on prom clothes when they're only going to be taken off as quick as possible.
2003-04-07 05:33:30 PM  
Productiveslacker, the wind broke your window...and stole your stereo.

I think you can find it at Goodwill though.
2003-04-07 05:34:16 PM  
They have good stuff at the Salvation Army. Also lost&founds.

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2003-04-07 05:36:08 PM  
I spent $10 bucks on an ugly brown suit i took to the prom. I still have the suit, but now with a prom king crown and septor for accessories.
2003-04-07 05:36:46 PM  
I could have swore it said porn... Something's really wrong with me...
2003-04-07 05:37:31 PM  
I got a decent "prom" dress at Goodwill once. My husband and I each had never been to our proms...but there was this church formal dance, so we treated it like it was our prom. :)
2003-04-07 05:38:04 PM  
I find it funny that there are entire lines of clothing designed to look like you bought them at a thrift store. Instead of actually buying and wearing cheap clothing, people buy imitation cheap clothing at a 500% markup.

The things people do to be trendy boggle my mind.
2003-04-07 05:39:23 PM  
i got a three piece suit that is in better condition than any of my others at goodwill. 10 bucks and i wore it to my prom in high school
2003-04-07 05:40:00 PM  
SomeCallMeTim, I thought so too.
2003-04-07 05:41:01 PM  
Thank Bejeezus for dead rich guys... and their clothes.
2003-04-07 05:45:05 PM  
SuperCMC, all you need is some saran wrap and a rubber band.
2003-04-07 05:45:23 PM  
Can I get Brad Pitt at Goodwill?
2003-04-07 05:47:08 PM  
Goodwill HAS raised their prices to ridiculous levels, but if you hit it right sometimes you can still get designer names at cheap prices. Especially kid's clothes. And lots of great books for next to nothing!
2003-04-07 05:49:02 PM  
Selective dyslexia at work:
"Going to porn on a budget? Check out your local Goodwill Store"
2003-04-07 05:49:16 PM  
The Goodwills I have been to have always been overpriced and dirty, Savers is much better. In the Minneapolis area I reccomend Unique Thrift Stores, of which there are three or so, ironically enough.
2003-04-07 05:50:55 PM  
PaganPoetry, nope, that's an image off the web.

There's more than one "Duct Tape Prom" site.

Here's one

WAY too many people do this
2003-04-07 05:57:41 PM  
I suppose in a wierd sort of way, I goodwilled my prom suit. I picked up a used 40's brown wool suit from a vintage clothing store for 50 bones. Everyone commmented that I was the best dressed there, especially when the dinner jackets came off and everyone with a rent-a-tux had that shiatty backless vest.
2003-04-07 05:57:50 PM  
The ugly truth is that your local Salvation Army or Goodwill outlet has set up a contract with a vintage clothing company (like Okutani Corporation). They have pickers working in every charity warehouse in the country.
Each year the fashions change and something else comes along that the posers want. Sometimes it just amazes me what some people will pay for.
If you relly want the vintage clothes, contact all the estate sale people listed in the yellow pages and tell them you're interested in 'old clothes". half the time they're eager to get rid of the clothing at a cheeeeep price.
Mesh caps? WTF?
2003-04-07 06:00:09 PM  
In 1997, I bought a barely-used Valentino jacket from Goodwill for $5. I still wear that thing sometimes!
2003-04-07 06:05:31 PM  
I love Goodwill and Salvation Army. I got a NICE Sony Trinitron TV, miscellaneous old higher-end stereo equipment, a gigantic old insanely powerful microwave, an old TRS-80, and a bunch of other such goodies. Everything except the TV was $20 or less.

I don't venture into the clothing section, though. Something about used clothes is a little weird to me.
2003-04-07 06:06:33 PM  
A friend of mine bought a t-shirt from the Salvation Army. It had the logo for a pizzeria that I've never heard of on the front, "Had a slice lately?" on the back, and "What the fark" in script on the sleeve.
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