So, after checking out the GSA thrift store, I head on over to the Goodwill Store of Sterling. That goodwill opened about a year or two ago and is located in the heart of the Sterling "ghetto".
Pros: It's close to where I live and work. It's a new building so the place is clean and bright- it has a better atmosphere than the local Walmart.
Cons: The prices are kind of high. They do have the occasional "half off items with this color tag" sale but do not pull the clearance tag colors off to a separate rack like other thrift stores so you still have to go through every single article of clothing. Oh, speaking of which, it's organized by color, blech! It's also very close to a high school and it's a well known thrift store in the area. So, given it's high profile and the fact that it's clean, bright, and non-smelly, it's kind of picked clean by wannabe hipsters, vinyl junkies, and suburbanites patting themselves on the back for buying used. Plus, the DC Goodwill has their own ebay store where they sell all their gems so your chances of scoring an awesome deal is pretty nil.
Clothes: It's sorted by color so I never really gave it much attention. Upon a quick run through, it looks like mostly low end mall brands and lots of Targets and Walmart stuff. I did find 2 fantastic dresses- and by fantastic I, of course, mean polyester fug pieces from the 70's that were so outrageous they were fantastic- but they didn't fit... and it was too over the top.
Shoes: A decent selection bordering on no so good. Lots of Nine Wests, BCBG girls, Etienne Aigners, Clarks, and Payless brands.
Handbags: It's mostly fake leather JCPenney/Khol brands with lots of XOXOs, Guess, etc. Every once in awhile, you can find some cute 80's vintage finds. It's where I got my eelskin bag and my Perry Ellis wingtip bag.
It's right by Route 28, which is the road I have to take to get to my next thrift destination. If it weren't for it's location, I wouldn't bother. Sometimes, after work, if I'm bored I'll swing by to see if I can find any cute bags. If they were to close shop tomorrow, I wouldn't be sad.