I’ve been to Goodwill a lot lately. Last weekend, in the spirit of decluttering, I filled the backseat of my car with donatable items and dropped them off. That’s how I usually spend my time there. I mean, I love going shopping at Goodwill, and nothing makes me happier than finding a pair of “good butt” jeans for $6.95. However, my “no clothes shopping or haircuts until the credit card is paid off” plan includes thrift shopping, so I haven’t been in awhile.
Some people feel weird about shopping at Goodwill, and I get that. You can’t help but see the other shoppers and feel a little guilty that you found designer jeans or a great summer dress. It feels like you’re “stealing” from poor people, and that doesn’t sit right with folks.
But let’s be clear. Goodwill is a store and you’re not stealing from the shoppers any more than you are someone else who wants the same last sweater at Macy’s. The other shoppers? The ones who bring their kids to play with the toys because they don’t have many toys at home? There’s plenty of summer dresses to go around.
Last night, I went on a “get an ugly rug” mission. I thought it would be a no brainer. I started at the giant one on SE 6th (use their handy store locator, if you’re interested) and wandered around for a bit. Bathmats aplenty, but no rugs. Then I tried the one on Broadway. There was one supremely ugly rug and it was $60 — way too high for my purposes. I couldn’t figure out why it was so expensive, so I just left.
Then, I went to the one on Lombard. And I completely failed at finding an ugly rug.
It’s what I wanted — funky, bold, colorful, and best of all, it was hardly used, and $25!
FUN! Moral of the story? Go looking for ugly and you’ll find lovely. It definitely works the other way around, haven’t you noticed? Go looking for a pair of green tights and that’s the only color you can’t find…
What’s your opinion of Goodwill? Do you go shopping there? Do you donate?