We Tried Flying and Buying Clothes At Salvation Army So You Don’t Have To
We just went to radio school down in Dallas to hone our skills to bring you a better program, and we tried a theory on saving travel expenses while we did.
When flying, you have a few options for how you transport your clothing for the duration of your stay. There's the normal way of checking your bags for $35-$60 in each direction (dependent on the airline and your destination).
Now, we came up with a more... cost-effective plan. Fly into your destination with your personal item backpack, filled only with the socks and underwear that you'll need for your stay. Stop at a local Salvation Army or Goodwill, and pick out your clothes.
For brevity, we allowed 10 minutes for the selection of each other's outfits.
When we got to the store, we were shocked to find out that the day we arrived was 50% off day for the store, so the clothes were not only mixed up more than usual, but they were very much picked through, leaving us with not as many options as we had thought we would have.
Our cab waited outside while we ran inside, and it turns out, cab drivers haven't seen everything.
Hairball asked our driver if he'd ever taken someone directly to Salvation Army from the airport, and he said "Never ever in my entire life... In my ENTIRE LIFE."
Here's What We Ended Up With
Dwyer made a new friend with his commemorative shirt for the World Record of Longest Line of Sandwiches, who was there.
Inside the checkered shorts he had on he felt something in the lower cargo pockets (which had their flaps ripped off for ease of access), Dwyer found a dollar... conspicuously rolled as if it were used for a purpose that wouldn't be covered under the "Intended Purposes" category.
Goose repped his non-alma mater of Jesuit College Prep with a Staff shirt, and some sexy red shorts.
His shorts were mostly clean, except for some weird stainage on the front. I'm sure it was nothing to worry about.
Hairball had the most mix-and-match outfit of us all, with a Hangover themed graphic tee that was at least six sizes too big for him, and some hot striped shorts with a 3-inch inseam.
This plan works, and if you hit the stores on the right day, you can surely find some keepers you may even want to fly home with. The good news is, you can return or donate your clothing.
For us, two outfits worth of clothes for three people cost us a total of $19.46.
The only downside is you look like this.
There is the upside of some good finds, like this cool shirt Dwyer found that we all know is a total lie when it comes to him.