The Best Reason to Shop at Thrift Stores

Sure, there’s variety and value.  You already knew that.  But an even better reason to shop at thrift stores is this:

The quality is light years ahead of what you think it is.  In fact, many clothes at thrift stores is practically brand new.

Skeptical?  Then you’ve underestimated the depth of the American consumer’s vanity and laziness.  What do I mean?

You think people donate clothes when the clothes are so old, ragged, and nasty that they might as well be trash.  True, actually, but those items never make it onto the store racks.  They get tossed before you ever see them.  And there’s another major reason why people give clothes away.

People give clothes away because they were gifts that they didn’t want, or because they don’t fit, or because they just don’t like something about them now.  These clothes are in perfect condition–people just give them away rather than stand in the return line or lose weight or because they want to make room for more clothes in their bursting closets.

Many people’s poor material management creates the bounty that is the inventory at the nearest Goodwill, or Savers, or Deseret Industries!

[What’s that, you say?  You say we’re in a recession?  Sorry, I couldn’t hear you over the sound of the iPad in your hand, and your newest venti caramel macchiato in your other hand.]

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“Come As You Are”

A story at First Thoughts this week about people wearing Hooters t-shirts to mass stirred a debate in the comments section: should or shouldn’t people come to church dressed however they want?  There were some strong words on both sides.

A few miles from my house is one of those huge non-denominational fellowship churches.  It looks like a nice place that does good for people.  They have a big sign outside with a picture of casually dressed people, and it reads, “Come as you are!”  Of course, the models in the picture are dressed in professional-models-at-work casual (polos, solid colored t-shirts, new jeans, etc.), not real life causal (stained wife beaters, torn sweat pants, Hooters t-shirts). 

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