I love thrift stores. Lately I’ve been visiting them a lot more frequently. Maybe it’s the economy, or maybe I just love the idea of finding a great deal.
A few weeks ago I hit up a new thrift store in my home town. It’s small, but seems to have high quality items. I was getting ready to leave when I spotted the shoe section. I’ve never bought shoes from a thrift store—I’m not at all opposed, I just don’t tend to buy shoes very often in general and thrift stores obviously don’t always have the size I need.
Case in point, a pair of hiking shoes I narrowed in on were a size too big for me. But I decided to try them on anyway because it immediately became apparent that they were in great shape and were probably a fairly expensive shoe new. And I love to hike. Here’s a photo of them:
The price tag was $5. I thought that seemed like a very good price for new-looking hiking shoes with awesome gripping soles. Then the store owner noticed me trying them on and informed me that all shoes were 25% off. At $3.75, how could I pass up that deal? The problem was, I was having trouble making a decision.
Here are some of the thoughts that were going through my mind:
These shoes are a size too big. They fit even with just one pair of socks, but are not a perfect size.
I already have a few pairs of hiking boots (did I mention I like to hike?), so I don’t really have any pressing need for another pair. At the same time, I only have high-top hiking boots, not hiking shoes.
I don’t want to clutter my closet with too many shoes. Shoe clutter is annoying.
What if someone else in the community really needs these shoes?
Is there someone I know who I could buy these for?
Come on, these shoes are only $3.75!!!!
I bought them. And I’ve worn them several times since buying them. To be honest, my deciding factor came down to the amazing price on a high-quality pair of shoes. But I still wonder if I made the best decision. For example, what should be more important: price, need, clutter control, or whether I’m preventing someone else from buying a great pair of shoes? And that’s where you come in:
What would you have done in my shoes? (pun intended)
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