You can get a brand-new men's colored T-shirt at Target for $4.00.
That's exactly it, DrewDad! It seems the prices are approaching regular retail.
They must be angling for people who usually shop at Nordstroms or someplace who don't know that there are stores who sell new merch. for the same price that they are selling used stuff for.
I'm usually looking for house stuff and have found that picture frames that used to be $2. are now $9. or $15. - I can get a new frame for that amount by hitting a sale at a frame shop.
Value Village is actually pretty cool, osso. They partner with local charities -- ours is affiliated with an group that advocates for kid's with serious learning disabilities.
I like things that are quirky so I'll continue to look for unusual items at the thrifts. It just seems the price creep is telling.