16813 East 23rd Street, Independence | 816-836-8936
The Disabled American Veterans thrift stores have discounting down to a science, which makes Red Racks the Einstein of secondhand deals. The Independence shop puts out almost 3,000 pieces every day, with about half its retail selection made up of items received by donation. "We try to be extremely thorough with our selection," James Hayworth, head of stores, says. Sales associates are trained to price items — and to pay attention to what fails to sell fast. Nothing sticks around for long without being marked down. "We are very aggressive with discounting, and our product only stays out for five weeks," Hayworth says. How aggressive? Uh, five items for a dollar, in some cases. Go, science.