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Thread: Thrift store "police"

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    Thrift store "police"

    I went to the local Hospice Thrift Store today. They were having a"bag sale". Six clothing items for 5 bucks. I found six really nice wool skirts for felting. When I went to pay, the clerk said, "oh these are nice!" I replied that I was excited to find them, and they would be perfect for some projects that I was working on. She said " oh, you're one of those people who buy clothes and cut them up....seems like such a shame when other people really need those clothes." I politely smiled and said, "My cash is just like theirs and anyway, I guess I just can't imagine a homeless man wearing a size 4 plaid skirt, but to each his own." I didn't realize the quilt shop police have a separate detachment at the thrift shop.

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    One of our thrift stores is a bit that way, too.

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    I feel the same intimidation when I go to Goodwill to buy jeans for making purses/totes. I usually buy several pairs when I can find the right ones, and in a variety of sizes, and always hope they don't ask about them. I had a jeans bag with me one time and the cashier commented on it, so I told her that was what these jeans were going to morph into, pointed out what I look for in buying them, and she was fascinated.

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    There are a lot of people that shop in those stores that don't need to, there money is good, too. Anyway, I thought the idea was to SELL the stuff, then they use the money for helping, too. So, as long as you are paying for the items it should be none of her business what you are doing with them.
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    Very well said.
    Quote Originally Posted by buslady View Post
    There are a lot of people that shop in those stores that don't need to, there money is good, too. Anyway, I thought the idea was to SELL the stuff, then they use the money for helping, too. So, as long as you are paying for the items it should be none of her business what you are doing with them.

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    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.

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    If she was that concerned about helping people who need clothing why isn't she giving it away??
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    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!

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    Good for you!

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    I've had my purchases limited at a thrift store. They had fabric pieces folded into bags from sheet sets. I was only allowed to buy one bag in order to "share with everyone who loves to quilt". While I have no problem sharing, it was difficult to choose which one! I was visiting from out of town, so in the end they probably did me a favour by not letting me cart those bags home.
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