I recently finished the book, Getting Organized in the Era of Endless: What to Do When Information, Interruption, Work and Stuff are Endless But Time is Not! by Judith Kolberg. It was fascinating and I can’t wait to write my thoughts on it, but for now. . .
At the very end of the book Judith speaks to the modern thrift store in the section called, This is Not Your Mother’s Thrift Store, and she lists 6 reasons to donate to a thrift store. I’d like to share them with you.
- Money raised in thrift stores is used to support a wide-range of social programs which may include alcohol and drug rehab, job programs, prison outreach, health care programs, programs for pregnant teens and other worthy causes.
- Because the donations are from the public and the staff is often volunteers, the stuff can be sold at low prices to the poor and those on limited or fixed incomes.
- Second-hand stuff uses far fewer resources (gas, forests, cola, etc. ) in their distribution than newly manufactured goods. When you donate used stuff you’re helping the environment.
- Recycling second-hand stuff keeps it out tf the landfill.
- Health care and social services programs like HIV aids testing are increasingly available at local thrift stores making these services and programs more accessible to the people who need them most, right in their communities.
- In exchange for your donations, you may be able to take a tax deduction on your federal income tax return.