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Thread: Thrift store "police"

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    Sorry you had someone so RUDE! She should not be concerned about what you are doing with it. She should be glad you came there and purchased, in which to help the cause make money. And for all she knew you could have been making something for another charity or something. And with the cost of fabric and especially wool these days who can blame someone for buying clothes,... it saves alot in the long run and helps quilters and crafters out too!... Stand your ground!... It wasn't like it was hers to judge, she was just the lady behind the counter. Our local thrift stores are just happy to sell! (Or at least they don't voice their opinion.) She may need to take a course in manners and how to work with the public!...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaHen View Post
    Goodwill is out to make money for Goodwill, they don't donate money to anyone that I know of. That guy has become a rich man from donations to Goodwill. I now only donate things to the Humane Society because I know what they sell goes to a good cause.
    They do have a Plan B for items that dont sell. Recycle, ship to third world countries,etc. i asked the guy at the drop off about what happens to items that the American shopper wont buy. I was happy wi his response. A lot of items dont make it to the floor due to the poor condition of the donation. Some of the unsellable crap our church rummage sale would recieve as donations just made my head spin.

    In general, Why get into a conversation about your intentions to re-purpose your puchases? Just drives the point that YOU may not need to shop resale shops for your personal wardrobe need. Just make your purchase and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom View Post
    Thrift stores fill a variety of needs.
    a place to donate usable items, a discounted place to shop for those in need or just those that like a bargain. They also train people that might not be employable and bring in money to help others in need. It's not anyone's business why you or i shop there.
    The Goodwill mission statement.

    http://www.goodwill.org/about-us/our-mission/

    Nuff said
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJisChaos View Post
    I love shopping the local thrift stores and even Goodwill, looking for anything and everything I could put to use or use. Hubby is a garbage man and just broke my heart after telling me that there are Goodwill trucks full of clothing, furniture, you name it, out at the landfill at least once daily. They just dump all this usable stuff out there, huge trucks full of it! I wonder why they don't donate it to other organizations instead of tossing it away? It is still useful to someone, I would think.
    When shopping there a few days ago, the cashier was astonished that I buy clothing and sheets "just to destroy them". I bit my tongue and simply said "Well, this way you won't have to pay to dump it at the landfill so, I reckon it's a win-win, huh?". Grrr, people like that just irk me and I'm sorry ya had to deal with that. Good job on the find though!
    How do you know the condition of the dumped items??? I had to ask. Until you have to personally sort through donations, we really cant judge the condition from afar. There is a lot of crap donated to charities. Just sayin'
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    well they don't give them to the needy ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    If she was that concerned about helping people who need clothing why isn't she giving it away??
    She doesn't own the franchise and she doesn't make the decisions. She probably works for minimum wage and if she were to give away merchandise I'll bet she would lose her job.
    Last edited by TanyaL; 12-29-2012 at 07:18 AM.

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    ha, ha. i mailed two long (expensive) plaid summer dresses to a friend in England so she could cut them up and make quilts out of them. i couldn't cut into clothing at the time. I like what you said to the clerk. funny.

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    I volunteer at a homeless shelter and we have a giveaway room where people donate clothes and we give them away. If a cotton shirt is in there for over 3 weeks, I'll usually take it home, we get some seriously unusual shirts sometimes. People donate a lot of long sleeved dress shirts and they rarely get taken because the average homeless person is looking for flannels and sweat shirts at this time of year and in the summer they look for t-shirts and short sleeved shirts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bakermom View Post
    Thrift stores fill a variety of needs.
    a place to donate usable items, a discounted place to shop for those in need or just those that like a bargain. They also train people that might not be employable and bring in money to help others in need. It's not anyone's business why you or i shop there.
    HM with her attitude she might 'not be employable' anywhere else with her attitude.
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    I prefer not to give to G.W. due a bad experience. I was told to unload at the back of bldg. I saw a mountain of clothing piled to rhe warehouse roof & wide as the eye could see, clothing that was not seasonal for the climate of our region. DUH!!!!, why not make a free to you area-it will get recycled by crafters.

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