Happy Thrifty Holidays
4 Reasons to Buy Holiday Gifts at Goodwill
I say “Thrifty” not because I’m suggesting you buy cheap holiday gifts for your friends and family. I am suggesting you “thrift” for cool, vintage, holiday gifts at Goodwill.
I know what you are thinking, “What? No one wants something used for Christmas or Hanukkah.” But that’s where you are wrong. I was recently in LA, shopping at several vintage stores. I fell in love with this old, but super cool-looking, sweatshirt. I was going to buy it. It was totally me. But then I found out it was $110. Wow $110 for an old sweatshirt. I doubt the first person who bought that sweatshirt spent $110 on it. So vintage is not cheap. AND vintage is highly coveted right now. Vintage decor, vintage fashion, vintage jewelry, even vintage festivals. You’ve heard of music and arts festivals, well now they have vintage festivals.
My advice! Don’t go to a vintage store to buy vintage. Yes, those stores have done a lot of the work for you, sorting through hundreds or thousands of items in order to find the pieces that are worth a lot. But you are paying a hefty price for that work. If I were you, I’d go to Goodwill and you can find that old, cool vintage sweatshirt for $4, instead of $110. Then if you are tired of it, sell it for $110 to someone else. Clearly, there is a market for it.
Both of these pictures include entire outfits I got from Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake.
4 Reasons You Should Shop at Goodwill for the Holidays
Help People. Did you know that the money you spend at Goodwill’s retail stores actually goes to funding programs that help people get good paying jobs? That’s true. It’s kind of funny that most people just think of Goodwill as some place to get good deals or give away your unwanted items. But Goodwill’s real mission is to enhance people’s dignity and quality of life by strengthening their communities, eliminating their barriers to opportunity, and helping them reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.
Help Environment. Fashion is a huge polluter. American shoppers buy 5 times more clothing now than they did in 1980 and each piece of clothing is only worn on average seven times. That means a lot of clothes in up in the landfill. Since 2012, Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake has diverted 97 million pounds of goods from going to landfills. That’s a big deal at this time of year in particular. “Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year,” according to Stanford University experts. “The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week!”
Save Money. On average thrift store shoppers save between 50 - 90%. If you like something but it’s still too expensive and you are willing to risk someone else buying it, then wait 30 days and come back. Typically items get reduced in price every 30 days if they are not sold. As of 2017, the revenue of the thrift store industry was $12 billion dollars. That includes clothing, furniture, books, appliances, etc. It’s big business. The planet benefits because consumers would have spent that 12 billion on brand new items.
Find Unique One-of-a-Kind Items. The best thing about thrifting is that you are buying a one-of-a-kind piece that no one else will ever have. You will own or give someone a gift that’s unique, rare. It has history, tells a story. And you’ll never go to a party and see the same thing on someone else.
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