My attempt at putting the train back on the tracks. No great finds to post (I have some stuff I will post tonight or tomorrow, but no Kiton Vicuna or anything).
My school requires a fair amount of Pro Bono to graduate. I, with the "pressure makes diamonds" attitude, have neglected to finish this requirement and the semester is almost up. I decided to stop by a local Goodwill donation center (not a store, merely drop clothes off and sort). I figured I might be able to sift through the stuff, but that wasn't my primary motivation of volunteering. My motivation was, lets get these hours done however damn possible.
In any case, the donation center is used as a fantastic center to train adults with disabilities. I actually only worked in the main offices doing work preparing reports for the work of the employees (there is a TON of paperwork needed when dealing with adults with disabilities, reports from all over the place because the liability goes through the roof). While I was in the office though, I noticed some really interesting things that I thought I would share.
1. The next time you get pissed the price tag has two plastic things causing a big hole, giant staples through a fine piece of silk, or anti-theft tags through your leather shoes, think twice before cursing the people who did it. Many are learning the most basic things for the first time in their lives, and are just doing their best.
2. There was a HUGE water jug (think office water cooler thing) in the office that was filled with change. Yep...you guessed it. When sorting through the clothes, if anyone finds any money, they bring it and drop it into the cooler. I saw at least three occasions while I was there with people adding money to the jug.
3. The "Boutique" section for tagging clothes was HILARIOUS. I will have to see if I can get pictures when I go back (there is a giant banner with the brand names listed). The employee actually plugs each brand into the computer, and the computer spits out a price accordingly. Let's just say there was not a single brand we would care about that made the list. Not one.
4. In the office, there was a ton of random containers of things (medical supplies, office supplies..etc). One in particular caught my attention, because the gold wrappers were staring at me. Umm...they had an entire plastic container of condoms stored in the office. Now, I can definitely see people finding them in donated goods, but these were carefully stored in ziplocs and stored. Why does this very large chain have these here? This baffles me! They were right next to boxes of gum or something. They were clearly consolidated from donations or something, but why not just discard them?
5. The volume is inane. I didn't expect the volume to come through the door that did from this small little donation center. If only I could have been able to pan through the suits for a moment...
Anyone else ever have an experience with the way thrifts operate? Knowing their distribution schemes and times that donations go out often help snag some of the best deals or unite orphans across two stores.
Okay, carry on.