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    You don't even want to know what people go through who try to buy items for re-sale on Ebay, at thrift stores.

    Let's all pledge, when a nosy clerk asks, What are you going to do with it? -- we'll say, I'm just going to take it home and pet it.

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    b.zang: How bizarre that you were limited to what you could buy at a thrift store!I guess maybe they were expecting a huge number of quilters to come shopping and wanted to make sure everyone had a chance at the fabric. That's a first for me![/QUOTE]

    More likely that one of the "employees" wanted it. I have stopped donating to anything except one non-profit place here that supports a church. If someone is really in need they are given the item, not charged for it. I donated some furniture to a mission store in a nearby town, & was told later by an employee I knew that it never made it out of the back room - the manager had it set aside for herself. I did complain about that to the b.o.d. but it did no good. I've been told that most thrift stores are like that - first pic (& the best items go to those who work there), usually at no cost.

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    It upsets me that they get all these items for free, then try to sell to sell at store prices.

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    I'm glad that your Goodwill and thrift shops have fabrics and stuff you can use! Ours has so little of use that I rarely go there. I do take quilt scraps to one shop and they save it for a particular lady who loves to quilt and comes in every day to see if there is anything she can use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    I have also heard, but not confirmed, that the person at the top of the Goodwill profit chain is a multi-millionaire. You think HE cares why you're buying stuff? And it's none of the clerks business what you do with it. Nosey questions bug me tremendously. Chasing Hawk, you are a stitch!
    I hadn't heard this about Goodwill. What a waste...dumping in the garbage DUMBFOUNDED!
    Why don't they just hold a special "sale" a specific day of the month (before it goes to the landfill), and have people pay something for it. I know there couldn't be a freebie day...that would cause a big mess.

    Also..You are too funny Chasing Hawk. And Jan.."here's your sign"...good one!!
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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 08:18 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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    Did you ever hear: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for lifetime." Lots of donations are useless and the homeless would not even want them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grace MooreLinker View Post
    well they don't give them to the needy ..

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    Why was that a "bad experience"? Fibers can be recycled and perhaps that is where that mountain was headed.

    Quote Originally Posted by FAYE View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    she might 'not be employable' anywhere else with her attitude.
    That's what I was thinking. Maybe they are giving her a chance to get some work experience because she can't hold down a job anywhere else and has responsibilities? There is more than one way to help someone.

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    Stupid thought- it's saving all those fabric items from the garbage heap either way! Besides, it's keeping the thrift store alive by showing a demand for the used items, meaning it will still be in business when the poor people need it. It's dumb to classify what you will use that fabric item for.

    I confess to buying thrift store curtains to make a Halloween costume- as curtains they weren't very good because of some runners and wear spots, but the fabric has a new life whenever my daughter wears her Hakama.
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    When someone asks me a question that I'd rather not answer, I start opening my purse and say, "Oh great! You're writing a book and since I'm going to be included, let me give you one of my cards so you can make sure I get a copy." Not one person has taken a card yet! I'm sure there are all these books floating around out there with me in them, and I don't have one of them!

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    I was concerned about Goodwill throwing away perfectly good items so I read on their website:

    Why should I donate to my local Goodwill rather than another thrift store?Goodwill Stores are linked to a great cause — 82 percent of Goodwill’s revenues go directly into employment and training programs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment!
    For-profit thrift stores sometimes arrange to use a charity’s name to collect donations in exchange for a flat fee or a percentage of the revenue. Often this deal is not generally publicized, and the percentage that charity actually makes may be less than 5 cents for every dollar spent. Make your donations wisely!
    It seems like Goodwill services vary in different geographic locations. Why is this?
    We are the corporate headquarters for Goodwill and we work with an autonomous member network. Our member Goodwills strive to identify the needs of the community and the demand of local industry for employment. Based on the needs of the community, each local Goodwill designs programs and services that give Goodwill graduates the skills they need to find work right where they live.

    What happens to donated items that aren’t sold at Goodwill stores?
    Our goal is to try to generate money to fund Goodwill programs from every item that is donated. So in most cases, we’ll do what we can to get items in salable shape.

    As for items that can’t be sold in our stores, we’ve found other creative uses for them. For instance, some member Goodwills recycle old clothing scraps into industrial wipes (cleaning cloths) for industrial buyers. Other items that are too damaged for retail sales are sold to salvage brokers.
    If I shop at a Goodwill store, will I be depriving disadvantaged people of stuff they need?
    No. Goodwill serves disadvantaged people by educating, training and placing them into jobs. By becoming gainfully employed, these individuals gain resources to buy the things they need. Many disadvantaged people who are in training or are employed by Goodwill Industries are offered vouchers or discounts at Goodwill retail stores.

    Sometimes people donate "trash" just to get rid of it, and just because someone is "needy" doesn't mean they will wear anything. I was raised poor, so I speak from experience. One of my favorite hobbies is yard sales and I'm just amazed sometimes by what people think "someone can use it" entails. I attempted to pick up some items on Freecycle and on a couple of occasions I found it was a person getting someone else to haul off their trash.

    I think it's great if anyone can find clothes at Goodwill and other thrift stores to re purpose, and make something beautiful out of something un-useable., while still raising money to help people.
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    You are a "skit", girl! Great comeback!

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    I'm a bellydancer and get all kinds of strange reactions when I'm asked what I'm using trim, sequins, and tissue lame for.

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    I do not worry about poor people not getting enough stuff at the thrift store. They are usually better dressed than I am.
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    I shop at resale and goodwill, salvation army, etc...I am always looking for stuff...
    The attitude of a couple of people at certain shops will prevent me from going back to these particular shops...but at others....they will call me when something they think I need comes in....
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