MYTH #1: Thrift stores are dirty.
THE FACTS: This is a common misconception because many people walk into a thrift store and expect it to look like a boutique or even a retail chain. In reality, thrift stores operate in all kinds of places! A warehouse may not be as aesthetically pleasing to the eye as a downtown boutique, but the items available for sale should be the real stars of the show anyway! At the end of the day, thrift stores are still businesses and are run as such, which includes regular cleaning and organizing just like any other business.
MYTH #2: Thrift stores only sell items in poor condition.
THE FACTS: Thrift stores carefully vet donations as they come in and only allow items that are in good condition to be sold. For example, the Fort Drum Thrift Shop carefully views all donations at the time of dropoff and will reject items that are unacceptable. It is definitely possible that something can slip through in the vetting process—it happens at thrift stores everywhere—but these are exceptions few and far in between. In reality, you can often find brand new clothing and housewares, gently used books and sporting goods, and more! Even if something looks a little rough around the edges, a thorough cleaning at home can make your finds look brand new again!
MYTH #3: Thrift stores are unorganized or cluttered.
THE FACTS: Thrift stores are actually just as organized as department stores and major retailers; the difference is thrift store racks and shelves are filled with many similar items rather than stacks or rows of the same item. Lots of thrift stores also have signs depicting where you can find what items and, in the case of clothing, what type and sizes.
MYTH #4: Thrift stores are aimed at a specific audience.
THE FACTS: Thrift stores exist to benefit their communities, charities, organizations, etc. Many thrift stores are associated with nonprofits if they are not the nonprofit organization itself. Even if certain demographics are targeted through marketing strategies, there are no shortages of donations at thrift stores! This means that anyone can shop regardless of age, race, religion, economic status or, in the case of the Fort Drum Thrift Shop, military status without fear of taking items from those in greater need or feeling out of place while shopping.
MYTH #5: Thrifting takes too much time.
THE FACTS: Thrifting can take anywhere between a few minutes and several hours if not days depending on what you are looking for and what you are willing to put into a trip. If you are hunting for one specific item, it could take time and possibly multiple trips to find it. This is common for those hunting for vintage items or designer/brand name clothes and accessories. On the other hand, casual thrifters often spend less than an hour browsing for anything that catches their eye. If you have a specific item you are looking for that can be easily spotted, your trip may be even shorter! For example, small kitchen appliances like coffee makers or toasters can easily be spotted on a shelf without having to invest a great deal of time sifting through similar items like with clothing. When in doubt, bring a friend to help you look or ask the staff for assistance!
Sierra currently serves as the Publicity Chairman on the Fort Drum Thrift Shop's Board of Directors. She is a member of our Fort Drum community and an avid thrift shopper herself!
First Saturday of Each Month: 9:30am-2:00pm
The Fort Drum Thrift Shop follows the Carthage school closing schedules, as well as Fort Drums delays. If either school is delayed or closed, the Thrift Shop will also be delayed or closed, as well. Please check our website and/or Facebook page for announcements of the Thrift Shop holiday and block leave closures. Check these sites also for weather delays and closures.
Disclaimer: The Fort Drum Thrift Shop is a 501(c)3 Non Profit, Private Organization. This site is for the purpose of distributing information and events to the Fort Drum community.
The Fort Drum Thrift Shop nor does this site represent the United States Army, Fort Drum or their views.