Originally Posted by modifyeddoll87
Only now am I having any luck at good will at my heaviest (263) I've never found anything ! It was depressing for me but I see tons of plus sized ladies having luck at goodwill I don't understand I'm a little jealous !
The secret to finding plus size clothing (or any rare or very popular item) at Goodwill is to approach the shopping as if it were hunting rare animals. You have to be persistant and patient and stalk your quarry by learning the appropriate patterns. Persistent by shopping frequently. A once-a-month Saturday shop isn't going to do it.
At my highest weight, I was able to get about half my clothes from thrift stores (the other from bcoutlet.com which also requires a similar persistence - checking the website frequently).
One to three days a week, trying different days and times, I'd shop five different shops. I asked the staff when new items came in (some shops put new stuff out daily, others have a set schedule). If the shop allowed, I'd leave my name and phone and the specific item(s) I was looking for.
I would say that for clothing, I averaged about 10 failed trips to every successful find, but by shopping so frequently, when I did succeed, it was often a "jackpot" because people tend to donate clothing in lots. By being there before everyone else, I got first crack. I shop for other things, so I do find other items too, but even so, about 3/4 of my thrift store shopping excursions yield nothing.
Bcoutlet.com is a clearance site for Redcat shops (Avenue, Torrid, Roaman's, Woman Within, and others).
Many items and sizes sell out quickly so you have to browse frequently and when you find something you like, buy it, because items can sell out in minutes.