Thrift Store Haul and Why Goodwill is Evil
1. Thrifting saves things.It saves old stuff from ending up in a trash heap, saves your $$$ from going to new things, recycles the little bit of $ you spend at the thrift store back into local economies and often to charity and provides a few jobs.
2. Crafting is expensive.If you read craft blogs, it is overwhelming to imagine paying for all those supplies. It might even be irresponsible to do so depending on your financial situation. 90% of my craft supplies are thrifted, picked up for free or provided by brands as part of my job as a craft blogger. There are a few supplies you MUST buy from crafting suppliers (hello hot glue, chalk markers and tools like grommet punches and tag punches). HOWEVER, many, many, many craft supplies are better supplied by searching out used materials -- saving you $$$ and recycling things destined for the trash. Win - win, yes?
3. Goodwill is Evil.Ok, so maybe that is a little dramatic, but the more I research Goodwill and the more times I stop in and don't buy a single thing, the more I start to love local thrift stores. I don't know all the details for certain (just Google Goodwill is evil and you will get PLENTY), but I DO know that I haven't been able to find a single thing at a Goodwill in months (MONTHS!) Prices are sky high (some of those Target clearance items are HIGHER than they were at Target - RIDIC!) and they seem to have taken out anything that is actually "good" from the racks, so there is none of the "hunt" aspect that drives we thrifters. To that I say - BOO.
The solution? Local thrift stores! There are usually at least a couple and they struggle to survive (unlike Goodwill which seems to be thriving). Donate your clothing to THEM and shop THERE and support local charities, local employees and invest in your community. (PS -- I still find some things at Salvation Army, though they are jumping on the "take everything good out and price it way high" train).
BACK to the haul though...
Along with craft supplies for ME, I love scouring this thrift store for kids books and crafts. They are OH-SO-CHEAP. We are doing MOMMY CAMP this summer, so I need a LOT of craft supplies and buying them new would literally break the bank. Luckily, Jubilee carries a bunch of kid kits (like growing your own rocks, bug molds, etc) for $1-3, kid books for 10 cents each and a whole bunch of basic art supplies. I picked up some ribbons, pastels, and a bunch of kits. (See the very first photo in this post for more kiddo stuff!)