Goodwill Hunting

It's affecting us all

It's affecting us all

This economy has taken its toll on all of us, some more than others.  People are taking notice and at 9.7 percent unemployment, more people should take a second look at an area heretofore left to the “fringes” of society….thrift stores. 

Seems that people are having to cut corners everywhere in ways that even six months ago perhaps they would not have imagined.  One contributor to the “Speak up!” section on Goodwill.org says that she’s having to learn how to use her microwave a lot more.  Others must get creative in different ways in order to cope with the widespread financial mess that pervades our society these days. 

Even those of us fortunate enough to still be employed are seeing the proverbial forest for the trees and resorting to venues up to now not considered for our budgets.  In my trips to my local Goodwill, for example, it’s been in the past year or so that I have noticed many different customers coming through the doors for the first time; some out of curiosity and some more of necessity.  Bad economy or not, employment status questionable, it’s still a fact that kids need school clothes and that coffee won’t brew itself in thin air.  Gone is the heyday of cruising the malls and parting with hundreds of dollars on life’s essentials.  Now we’re all having to trim the fat and until this situation improves, I foresee many more folks coming to this previously dark corner of commerce. 

There’s no stigma in saving money; in fact one could say that it is wise to bargain hunt when possible as while there may be some leeway in clothing allowances, the gas bill or the car insurance won’t likely go down anytime soon.  Something’s gotta give.

Check out this interesting article from Goodwill Industries and perhaps you can contribute a story or two of your own.  It’s the only way we’re going to make it these days….by working together and sharing our life experiences.

Come along and try your luck at Goodwill Hunting one day!

http://tinyurl.com/goodwillspeakup

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  1. I have had to cut back too. No more Starbucks that’s for sure. I find myself going more and more to garage sales and thrift shops. Great post.

  2. I wanted to be able to stay home with my kids and shopping at thrift stores and cutting corners where I could, allowed me to be home with my kids most of the time. I grew up with the waist not want not type of thinking and I love that “recycle reuse” thinking that is finally becoming more main stream. Even just a couple of years ago there was always front row parking at the local thrift stores and now you are lucky to find a spot 4 rows back. Personally I love that more people are reusing the things that may have otherwise gone to the land fill. I am sorry that it has taken the economic down turn to get folks out to the thrift stores.
    Happy thrift storing everyone!

    • Thanks, Donna, for your comment. I honor your commitment to your family and to making the world a better place.

  3. I agree with Donna. It’s becoming more mainstream and I think that’s perfectly fine. We all need a helping hand.


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