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It’s the holidays. The time of year when people are buying gifts and sharing memories with family and friends. Although regifting is still quite a topic of debate, I would encourage you to regift…back to the thrift store.

Thrift stores’ profits are fueled by the donations of community and corporate patrons. While you may not be able to donate truckloads of goods or write a big check, you can still support your local thrift shops and declutter your life in the process.

I am not proud of it, but I have a lot of unfinished projects, and the likelihood of me actually finishing some of them is slim to none.

Brass chandelier base

Take this chandelier base, for example. I tweeted about it. Blogged about it. And eventually did nothing with it. So, I dropped it off at a thrift store. As much as I wanted to keep it, I knew it would take up my limited storage space. If you haven’t gotten to an item and aren’t sure when you’ll get to  it, donate it back and let someone else experience the joy of finding it.

Give extra neckties back to the thrift store

It’s great to donate clothing that we have loved or cherished but can no longer wear. For example, I have a lot of ties, and I recently donated several. Felt pretty good, too.

Striped arm chair with Queen Anne legs

Perhaps you’ve received items from a loved one and know they just aren’t your thing. If Grandma’s chair has significant meaning to others in the family, why not give it to one of them? Or, if it’s not on anyone’s wish list, wouldn’t Grandma be proud of you for donating it to an organization that’s built upon helping others and bringing joy?

What are some of the items you recently donated?


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  2. Penny says:

    I am constantly donating clothing that I haven't used in a while, purses that I no longer like,
    jewelry that I am tired of, and lots of household items. When I say "constantly," I mean it.
    Every month I clear and clean out my things. I'm not into makin myself "feel good." I feel
    that others can benefit and enjoy what I no longer need.

    GIVE generously.

    Penny H.

    • Pam says:

      Excellent idea and besides it cleans out your space and keeps you from hording (one of my faults) Good girl Penny.

    • Elaine B. says:

      I am constantly doing the same thing….I go to the store with at least one bag of stuff to donate and then start looking around and bdfore I know it I have spent anywhere from $10 – $20 on various things!!!

      Elaine B.

  3. jma says:

    not all thrift stores are charity run…..some people actually make a living this way…I resent the charity ones around here ask retail or close to price for items, that they should be making availble to the needy people as they were intended…behind one shop, I once left a few items, blankets, etc..and there was a sign that anyone that takes the stuff would be prosecuted…and I was hoping some needy person would take them…geez

    • Quesadilla says:

      That's not the kind of charity that Goodwill/Easter Seals, for example, is. Easter Seals uses Goodwill stores to train people who have no job experience in various positions in retail. THAT is the charitable work they do. I tend to resent them for telling the workers and volunteers in the stock room to trash anything they possibly can, when their store shelves are very full. They're supposed to recycle it to the lower-class, if you will, Goodwill stores. I nearly told-off the manager because she was not following Goodwill/Easter Seals protocol, and even Goodwill had had that horrible a policy, it's still extremely wasteful. She was talking about trashing art students ceramic and glass projects, etc. I was always buying as many of those finished products as I could possibly find the money for. She was a horrible boss, especially considering she had hired me cold, from merely a referral and an interview. I never filled-out an application for that job; I just received a phone call requesting me to come in for an interview one day. While that was very flattering, to simply receive such a gleaming recommendation, without having asked my former boss to recommend me, it would have been a good business move to talk to a few other people who had worked with me other than my ex-boss. If I had been running her store, I would have done the whole thing very differently. For example, I wouldn't have shut myself off from the workings of my business by holing-up in my office all day, every day. A good manager needs to communicate with his or her employees. I think she was just trying to avoid having to explain to dozens of customers the kind of charitable work that Goodwill does, and that it doesn't exist to give nice things to people who can't afford nice things. It would be nice, however, if people would 1) think before they speak, and 2) choose not to live by the culture of poverty. In our world, you get what you pay for, and that means you have to pay for nice things (like crystal cruets). If you want to search garage sales for nice things on the cheap, go ahead, but don't go into a store and demand something for a garage sale price. You have no idea the lack of respect you're earning when you attempt to haggle over an already bargain price. If you want to buy something new, it's going to really cost you.

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