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the clothing warehouse – by the pound – east point, ga.

December 8, 2009

I don’t often associate buying clothes with buying meat — unless you’re reenacting a particular scene from Mean Girls, meat doesn’t go on your body, and you don’t eat clothes, so what do they really have in common?

(Photo lifted from Google Street View. We’re looking at the olive green building with red sign.)

Until my first venture to The Clothing Warehouse’s location in East Point, Ga., I was oblivious to the fact that clothing, like meat or produce, can be sold by the pound. My friends and I heard rumblings of this phenomenon from acquaintances for several months before I happened upon it while on my way to a freelance gig, and we finally made the trip a few weeks ago to assess the situation.

Upon walking in BTP (By The Pound, as they refer to it, though it is The Clothing Warehouse), you’re welcomed by the distinct smell of cardboard and attic. Rec league sports team shirts line the walls. A few tables are set up to attempt a boutique atmosphere. Other than that, everything is in labeled boxes around the perimeter of the one-room store. The one employee manning the store encouraged us to grab an empty box to use for depositing rejects as we dug through boxes almost as tall as ourselves. Once we dug far enough, we would give up on getting to the bottom after tiring of the box’s edge digging into our stomachs while doubled-over in full scavenger mode.

BTP has everything — t-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, purses, jewelry, leather jackets, denim jackets, shoes, a wall of cowboy boots and anything else you’d  find in the clothing sections of any thrift or Goodwill store. Clothing is priced by the pound, and other items are ticketed. The poundage price varies and is announced by a dry-erase board on the wall; when we went, it was $4/lb. Check-out entails placing your chosen items in a recyclable tote which hangs from a grocery store produce scale suspended from the ceiling. Hipster t-shirts, gala apples, what’s the difference?

My biggest question going into this was, how much does clothing weigh? Obviously, heavier clothes would cost more (why swimsuits are so expensive will be answered right after the “how many licks” issue is resolved), but what does a pound of clothing feel like? The t-shirt and button-up I got weighed about a pound, and the cashier rounded (it’s not a digital scale, so, really, this is his only option), making them $2 each — about what I would have paid at Goodwill, or perhaps even a little less.

The second question looming was, will it be worth it? It was, and it wasn’t, but mostly, it was. It’s like raiding your grandma’s closet. There’s a lot of crap to dig through. If the dress were REALLY awesome, it would have already been plucked from the pack, sent to another Clothing Warehouse location and marked up to at least $40. But, like any secondhand shopping experience, there are diamonds in the rough. East Point is not a destination, it’s not on your way to anything, and there’s no way to make it convenient, so go when you have patience and time to make the trip worthwhile. Also, their hours are limited, so check them before you go. They do, thankfully, take credit/debit cards, so go crazy.

Above: button-down purchased at BTP, approximately $2.

[belt from Urban Outfitters, $10 (on sale from $20). jeans from Old Navy. emphasis on “old.”]

Not pictured: t-shirt from Majestic Diner, purchased at BTP— on loan to a friend.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Shannon permalink*
    December 8, 2009 9:09 am

    That shirt is great! I need to find time to go there once I move ITP.

  2. December 9, 2009 11:57 am

    I’ve never heard of this place, but I really should visit. That shirt is really pretty. Apparently there are Goodwills that do the by the pound thing, but I don’t know if there are any in GA.

  3. Rosie Palms permalink
    July 22, 2010 5:09 pm

    The building is empty with a for sale sign out front.

  4. ARVN1970 permalink
    January 22, 2016 2:37 pm

    Too bad it’s gone ! I dug through the huge box of military clothing and found a original South Vietnamese made tiger stripe shirt from the late 1960’s, only paid $7 worth over $200. Anyone know of any places like that open in Metro Atlanta ?


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