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More People Are Thrift Store Shopping and Donating Less Clothes

Have You Been Donating Less or Buying More Thrift?

Thrift stores are reporting an increase in same-store sales for 2008, but they are concerned that the slowdown in donations will leave them without enough Winter stock. George Hood, national community relations and development secretary for the Salvation Army, explained, “Young women are looking in their closet and saying, ‘You know, I’m going to wear that a little longer instead of giving it away.'"

Does his comment describe your recent thought process, and have you been contributing to the boost in thrift sales this year?


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akprincess72 akprincess72 8 years
I buy carefully to start with. Well made, classic items will always last longer (better value) & always be appropriate. I am not very 'trendy', I'm still the same old preppie I have always been. I do live in a VERY cold climate (-40F) & sturdy enough winter gear is very expensive, because of that I donate or recycle among friends as many items as possible. My pals & I have 'shopping' parties to trade what we can & donate the rest.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I do go to Goodwill, but i make sure the clothes have their original store tags. I've found some really nice items that haven't been worn.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
tbh i've been donating more, and buying less. :rotfl: quality not quantity ;)
geebers geebers 8 years
I donate a lot but seriously need to sell on ebay first -since my clothes are usually new or in very good condition.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I just donated a bag of clothes a couple of weeks ago and should have more soon to donate. We have way to many clothes that we never wear and need to go through them, we just moved recently so now is a good time to go through them because i still have not put half of them away. I have a hard time getting rid of my husbands clothes though because he doesn't want to part with anything :)
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i donate a couple times a year...the good stuff i give to the girls i used to work with, and they love it thrift stores gross me out beyond belief. i don't mean to be so pretentious about it, but everytime i go in one, i end up crossing my arms and not touching anything!
thelorax thelorax 8 years
I don't really shop at thrift stores, but I did recently clean out my closet and donate some stuff.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
(I'm a very picky b!tch about the resale shops though.. not too proud to say I go there, but I'm a picky shopper there. They often have great wine glasses, vases, or picture frames to reuse sometimes too. I keep an open mind.)
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
Donate every once in a while. ..But I tend to keep my clothes for 2-10 years sometimes. I know how to sew, so if I get bored with something sometimes I can just redo it into something different. This last summer, I did have a garage sale to make back all of the money we put into our daughter's first two years of life. We made back about $150 on baby clothes. For some reason the baby bed (great condition) and a few other little things didn't go. That's what craigslist is for! Oh, and sometimes if I'm really broke I don't mind going to see what is at the thrift stores. Sometimes they have beautiful slips to wear around the house (or do my husband in) and interesting finds on inexpensive jewelry. I browse the toys sometimes too to see if there is something I can clean up or wash for my daughter.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i actually haven't been doing much of either lately -but my fiance and i were talking about going to the buffalo exchange soon to take some of our stuff. it's just a matter of being ready to part with clothes which i can't ever bring myself to do. i could use the $$ though if i can get anything for my stuff - and well...i guess just being able to get rid of things that i don't wear in the hopes that someone else will benefit should be enough for me right?
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Both, I donate pretty regularly and I also shop them (I found my kitchen table at a local Salvation Army - even in Finland they have them!). I also found a really awesome antique picture frame at one shop that I took home and gave an ultra-mod paint treatment for hanging. I have this helps keep my closet from growing and makes me mindful of what I have/what I don't need: ANYTIME I buy anything to wear, I get rid of the equivalent amount of clothing. Not only does it help me keep clutter down (which I hate), it also keeps me on top of what I have that I am not wearing, and that someone else could most likely use. I like the feeling of "I never know" what I might find at a thrift shop - stores can be so homogenised!
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 8 years
i don't really sop at thrift stores, but i've been making tons of donations as i try to evolve my wardrobe into a more grown-up version.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
Actually I just pulled together a whole bunch of stuff to donate but I haven't made it to the drop off part yet. As for shopping thrift, I am in no means against it but rarely ever find stuff but I do browse while dropping off donations.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I donated ALOT to my church for their garage sale a few weeks ago and yet I still have sooo much clothes/clutches/shoes. (Look in my Lookbook) :p I shop every week. I can't stop.
redegg redegg 8 years
I just donated a ton of stuff today, strangely enough.
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
I have been donating stuff a lot and then not buying too many new things except at consignment or thrift shops.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I was so proud of myself this year. I had a huge garage sale to get rid of the clutter, and what didn't sell I donated to our homeless shelter and the crisis center. As a reward I bought new clothes. Believe it or not we are struggling a bit with rising costs, but we've been budgeting like crazy, and we have almost all of our debts paid off. So we can afford to give and upgrade clothes when necessary. (They were all my pre-pregnancy clothes)
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I have actually donated more clothes than I ever have before. But I'm not buying anything really. This year I decided to get rid of a ton of stuff I don't wear anymore that's been accumulating in my closets for many years.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I haven't been donating as much and I have been wearing my clothes longer. I am getting so sick of them but I can't be buying new clothes all the time. Trying to save! I do like thrift store shopping, though.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
i've been donating less and selling more on ebay. however, i've been trying my best to buy anymore, either.
chocolatine chocolatine 8 years
I have hardly bought any new clothes in the past year, so there's not much to donate. I never buy at thrift stores myself, because I have an irrational aversion to wearing things that had been worn by strangers, but the new clothes I do buy are always from cheap stores such as H&M or Zara, and I never buy a lot. I also prefer to donate to the Red Cross or homeless shelters, because then the clothes are given to someone for free rather than re-sold.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
have --should be haven't
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Yeah, I have donated in a while. I just been wearing all my clothes. I wish I could go shopping for new clothes; but I'll be wearing what I got.
cubadog cubadog 8 years
I do not shop at thirft stores that often and I donate a ton every year.
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