Some may cringe at the idea of shopping at Goodwill. The 16 year old version of myself would. But, I grew up, got smart about money, and realized that other people's discards were perfect for me, my wallet, and the earth. If you aren't a thrift store shopper, I'd urge you to consider it; they are not the stores you may have experienced in the past. Our current culture is one of shop, toss, shop again. Many items still have tags from the original store; new, never worn. I also take pride in the fact that most of my children's clothing is second hand, but know that I spend very little on clothes, which allows us to aggressively save for their college education.
Thrift stores, the benefits are plentiful:
- proceeds help worth causes; and
- recycles items that would otherwise be tossed into a landfill
Let's here from other thrifters out there -- why should someone start thrifting?