Some people don't like Value Village because they think it has become overpriced, which I'll return to below, but I always shop Value Village for specific things and save SO MUCH MONEY!
Office supplies are so expensive new and are practically free (often brand new as well) at Value Village! The office isle at VV always has a large assortment of like-new file trays and folders, binders, calculators, labels, staplers, tape dispensers, mail sorters, pencil jars, clip boards, bulletin boards, etc.
Also, you can always pick up brand new and gently used art supplies at Value Village. To encourage my kids' creativity I have picked up stencils, stamps, palettes, canvases, empty sketchbooks, full pads of tracing paper, portfolios, etc., for next to nothing.
Finally, I have over-stocked my kitchen with multiples of utensils and other cooking accoutrements from VV. I have picked up like-new muffin tins (regular, and mini), glass measuring cups 1- to 4-cup sizes, extra large metal mixing bowls and quality dry goods containers of varying sizes, among other things. Check out this beautiful French-press coffee pot - it's a stainless vacuum bottle!
To me, Value Village is the epitome of the "Three Rs"
Reducing the amount going to landfills
Allowing people to Reuse a vast array of manufactures and
to Recycle many items, through repair or upcycling
I think Value Village has become more expensive in the past 20 years because they seem to put more effort (i.e., paid labour) into sorting and merchandizing the donations compared to back then. A VV actually creates paid employment for dozens of individuals in the community. For the charity sector, VV monetizes the household and clothing donations the collect.
What's to not like?
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An economist at heart, I love getting the most out of my budget as well as cooking delicious AND nutritious food.