Friday, 8 May 2015

Thrift Shopping in Kuala Lumpur – The Bless Shop

thrift Moschino Cheap and Chic
Red Moschino Cheap and Chic wool jacket at The Bless Shop
No, I dithered and didn't buy it and it was gone the next time I went back!
Introduction

The Bless Shop is run by a local church and all profits go to support charity.  The best thing about The Bless Shop is that they have several locations.  The ones in Citta Mall and Mid Valley Megamall are the most accessible ones and carry mostly clothing.  There are other shops in other locations that stock furniture, electrical goods, toys, books and other household items.  In general, I find that the items in The Bless Shop are much cleaner than those in other thrift shops. 

Location and Fitting Rooms
The Bless Shop in Mid Valley Megamall has moved to a much nicer location in the basement.  To find the shop, just head to where all the money changers are located on the ground floor (you can’t miss the long queues), look for an escalator next to the Speedy video shop leading down to the parking basement and you will find the shop at the foot of the escalator.  A proper fitting room equipped with a mirror is available in the shop. 

I have only been to the Citta Mall shop once because it is quite far away from where I live.  The Citta Mall shop is slightly larger than the Mid Valley Megamall one and has some toys and books.  There was a fitting room there when I visited but it was more of a makeshift fitting room and there were bags of clothes on the floor. 

Merchandise

thrift clothes
Some of the better finds from The Bless Shop
All the merchandise in The Bless Shop is donated so you never know what might turn up.  In general, the merchandise is in good condition as volunteers sort through all donations before deciding what to put in the shops.  It will be unlikely for you to find torn or stained clothing but some of the clothing might look a bit worn. 

Prices

I don’t know who does the pricing for The Bless Shop but I sometimes find that the pricing is a bit high.  You can expect to pay around MYR20 to MYR50 for a decent top or dress.  If they think that the label is “high end” (irrespective of the condition of the item) then you will be paying more.  For perspective, the cheapest item I have ever bought from The Bless Shop in three years cost MYR7.50 when they were having a 50% off sale. 

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In the next part of this series, I will cover two other shops.  Stay tuned!

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