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Savers Stores Closing

I wondered if the new upscale aspirations for the Secor hotel corridor would eventually force shabby old Savers to move elsewhere, but I didn't expect the company to close two Toledo stores!

http://www.13abc.com/content/news/Savers-set-to-close-two-Toledo-store-locations-455011943.html

created by viola on Nov 10, 2017 at 05:42:18 pm     Comments: 22

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Very bummed about this; they were more expensive than Goodwill, but their clothes were organized by size (not the case of Goodwill). They used to have 50% off sales on holidays; a little bit ago they switched to 50% every Monday which seemed weird to me, but I think this was why - they were selling off inventory.

posted by not_me on Nov 10, 2017 at 05:59:44 pm     #  

By thrift store standards, Savers is like a Taj Mahal. Miles ahead of Goodwill and Salvation Army in cleanliness and organization. I'll miss both stores.

posted by Ace_Face on Nov 10, 2017 at 07:22:17 pm     #   1 person liked this

They had some nice stuff and everything was in good condition and clean.

posted by classylady on Nov 10, 2017 at 07:31:27 pm     #  

Ace_Face posted at 07:22:17 PM on Nov 10, 2017:

By thrift store standards, Savers is like a Taj Mahal. Miles ahead of Goodwill and Salvation Army in cleanliness and organization. I'll miss both stores.

I have run across Goodwills in some areas of Michigan similar to the cleanliness and organization of Savers in Toledo - but those Goodwills do not have the holiday/50% off sales that Toledo area does.

posted by not_me on Nov 10, 2017 at 08:15:44 pm     #  

Why are they closing?

posted by dino on Nov 10, 2017 at 10:01:40 pm     #  

"Market Forces" is code for "expense exceed desired revenue."

posted by justread on Nov 11, 2017 at 05:39:33 am     #   2 people liked this

Dang. Their donated books always seemed to be a cut above Goodwill too.

posted by oldhometown on Nov 11, 2017 at 02:06:47 pm     #  

Toledo Goodwills are dirty and crappy -- I hate to say. I think it comes down to regional managers who control the spending and the reorganizations.

I've seen clean, bright Goodwills in other states with updated store fixtures where they shelve nice color-coordinated decor elements at eye level above the clothing (and change out all the displays frequently).

There's also one Goodwill I've been to that sells only books and electronics: a genius idea!

posted by viola on Nov 11, 2017 at 02:50:00 pm     #  

A store that receives most of its inventory for free can't turn a profit? What on earth.

posted by mixman on Nov 11, 2017 at 03:20:22 pm     #   1 person liked this

mixman posted at 03:20:22 PM on Nov 11, 2017:

A store that receives most of its inventory for free can't turn a profit? What on earth.

Savers/Value Village is not like Goodwill or Salvation Army. They are a for profit enterprise that buys stuff in bulk from charities like Easter Seals and then resells in their stores. There have been a few lawsuits about whether they intentionally mislead consumers to believe Savers is a charitable non-profit.

posted by Ace_Face on Nov 11, 2017 at 10:19:30 pm     #   1 person liked this

Quote from Savers thrift store accused of misleading public about donations:

"Savers or Apogee may pay the charity only 40 cents per cubic foot of clothing donated — just pennies per dress."

So... they receive most of their inventory for practically free. The donation bin's been nearly full every time I dropped stuff off.

posted by mixman on Nov 11, 2017 at 11:40:03 pm     #  

Maybe the Reynolds Road location will turn into a music superstore. Go full circle.

posted by mixman on Nov 11, 2017 at 11:41:31 pm     #   1 person liked this

Wow, I'm sorry to hear this. I once bought a sofa at Savers. It was a Crate & Barrel slipcovered sofa with down cushions. It was $25 because it had a Koolaid stain on one of the cushions.

We pulled off the slipcovers, threw them in the wash, and put them back on. No stain and the sofa looked like new.

posted by Anniecski on Nov 13, 2017 at 09:55:17 am     #  

We were Saver's shoppers and gave donations as well. The stores were certainly better than Goodwill. I wonder if Goodwill is prepared for the onslaught of donations coming their way? I wish their stores smelled better. Goodwill stores have a really obnoxious odor. Poorly lit. Poorly staffed. Poorly organized.

posted by holland on Nov 13, 2017 at 01:28:30 pm     #  

Are there any decent thrift stores in Toledo to shop at where the money goes to a good cause?

I liked Saver's for shopping but it was my understanding that not that much of the profits went to charity. On the other hand I don't care for the local Goodwill or Salvation army stores but their sales go to a good cause.

posted by classylady on Nov 13, 2017 at 02:14:17 pm     #  

Agreed, cl. We donate home repair, remodeling and building supplies, including furniture and appliances to Habitat for Humanity. There's little doubt about how those items and funds are used. We've also gotten some good deals there too. A brand new toilet for $50. Kitchen cupboards galore. Lord, don't ever add any garage cabinets with out shopping there first.

Clothing, home décor, kitchen, exercise and other miscellaneous stuff went to Savers.

posted by holland on Nov 13, 2017 at 02:47:59 pm     #  

Upscale, boutique-like second hand/thrift stores are foreign here. A shame, because there is a market for it I think, especially in women's clothing.

When I was in St. Louis, my wife used to go to a place called the "Scholarshop" which was all womens clothing and proceeds from the store funded college scholarships for low-income women. Shop itself was immaculate and had a good supply of donors of nice clothing (can't even begin to tell you all the "label" clothing my wife got there at 1/5th - 1/8th the price of the mall).

Alas, nothing like that here unless I'm missing something...

posted by oldhometown on Nov 13, 2017 at 03:16:55 pm     #  

Upscale women's stuff is at the Discovery Shop in Sylvania. They take donations around the back side of the building. They have great sales, like 50% off everything on certain days. Good cause, clean environment, no bad smells :)

https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/more-ways-to-give/discovery-shops-national/ohio-discovery-shops/lucas-county.html

posted by viola on Nov 13, 2017 at 04:10:59 pm     #   1 person liked this

Excellent--thanks for the heads up.

posted by oldhometown on Nov 13, 2017 at 07:40:31 pm     #  

I LOVE Habitat for Humanity; I've even gone up to the one in Ann Arbor - they have more frequent sales and post a lot more on facebook. The one in Maumee also usually has kitchen and bath faucets (can't sell used because of lead issues I think) which are donated by Home Depot usually in damaged boxes. Love that place.

posted by not_me on Nov 13, 2017 at 08:11:25 pm     #   1 person liked this

Trinity has a nice thrift store on the St. Clair Clair side of the church. Only problem is they are only open on Monday and Thursday.

Not luxury but store is clean and has a lot of nice merchandise. All the clothing they have is clean and in good shape and great selection of books and small appliances. They don’t carry big furniture or large appliances.

The money goes for some great outreach programs in the local community and they have also been known to donate clothing to people who are really in need and can’t afford anything or to give serious discounts to those in need.

posted by jamesteroh on Nov 13, 2017 at 09:54:12 pm     #  

" Good to know'

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