We often have customers ask us if we have anything else for sale, either upstairs or in our back room. Or if we have an item in a different size. And the answer is “no.” We have a lot of items that WILL BE FOR SALE EVENTUALLY in both places, but if it’s not sitting out there on the sales floor with a price tag on it, it’s not available. Except in rare cases (someone donated five pairs of pants in the same size and color), all our merchandise is one-of-a-kind. We’re not like a department store, where, if someone buys the size 10 pink sweater, a sales clerk will bring out another one from the stockroom.
And this means: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, BUY SOMETHING. That T-shirt, or jeans, or set of dishes that you like can’t be replenished from a central warehouse somewhere. Once it’s sold, it’s gone.
We’ve all had the experience of looking back and thinking, “I wish I’d bought that purple dress,” or “that crockpot,” or “that green bracelet.” (“I wish I’d bought a second house twenty years ago when prices were lower,” is a whole different category.) Don’t regret the things you really want at the ALI thrift shop. If you SEE something, BUY it!