I feel the GW and other thrift stores fill a valuable space in our commercial life. What would we do if they didn't exist? Would we quit buying clothes for ourselves because we had enough although the styles changed? Would we go ahead and throw them into the land fill? Would we quit buying new fabric because we had so many old clothes we had to use in our quilts we didn't have time to sew new fabric? Thank goodness for GW and other thrift stores that let us recycle the things we no longer use. If they make a profit, good for them. If others are non-profit, better for them. Not everyone lives where they have the luxury of more than one recycle type store to choose from.
For me, it's GW or the trash. Salvation Army keeps very strange hours so I give them cash. I'm thankful I'm only 30 miles from GW - it could be farther, everything else is.