Do you donate to thrift stores?
April 13, 2017 6:28pm CST
So me and my sister were having a fun conversation today over lunch. Now I know many shop the thrift stores, but why the decline in donations? Lots of reasons, including, they can get some money for the donation selling at a yard sale (in person and online through various social media channels) my reason I don't donate is that the only thrift store in this area tends to be really picky as to what they take, plus ive seen a bit of theft. So, I donate to my local women's shelter, as they need it more than others. Some of these women get to the shelters with nothing, and they can't afford even a dollar. Why, just a few months ago, I donated two brand new transformer toys to a little boy about 6 years that was living there with his mom. I told him he could have them, just the happy look on his face was priceless. Granted, I probably could have gotten 20 buck for them easy, but I'm happier seeing a kid get use out of them. My kids were never interested in those, so why keep them in the house collecting dust? So, if you run out of donation options, try the homeless shelters or the local women's shelter. :)
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14 Apr 17
I put anything I don't want outside at the edge of my yard with a "free" sign. It's usually gone within an hour, whatever it is. My neighborhood looks like a nice middle class place but many people are struggling to make ends meet after they pay their mortgage. They haven't recovered from the recession and their employers have cut their hours so they won't have to buy them the health insurance that has gone through the roof. Others lost their jobs and never found ones as good and many are working 2 or more jobs. So if they can use my things--for themselves or to sell--they are welcome to them.
Where I live, it's not usual to donat to a thrift store. Here, they work as a resale shop. For example, you bring to one of those items you don't need anymore. They try to sell the stuff. Once the items are sold, the pay you a part, for example the 50% of what they recieved. Some years ago, I used one of those shops in my neighbourhood, where I bought and sold some items. I've found there some interesting items and buying there you don't save only money, but you also help those ones who need money and the only way they have to get it is selling some items they don't use.