Friday, January 22, 2016

3 Ways We Are Donating All Wrong

What do you mean nobody wants my 30 year old toaster??

If you are de cluttering after Christmas chances are you are taking a trip to your favourite local thrift shop to donate some pre loved goodies, but are you helping them? 

Here is two pet peeves from staff at my favourite thrift shop, the Salvation Army in Fenelon Falls.

Thrift Store Rejects

If you wouldn't buy it, they cant sell it. If your like me you hate to send anything to the dump, but if your sending trash to the donation box, they have to pay for it to be sent to the dump, so please only send resealable items to the donation bin. Textiles are the exception here, tired old clothes and linens can be bailed and sold in bulk to be recycled. Put all unworthy textiles in a separate bag and mark it as rags.

Hoarding Stuff From The Seventies

Another complaint from Rachel, the manager, is that people hold onto things for too long. Sure outdated thing sometimes come back into popularity but her wish is that people would share so things have a better chance of having a second life with a new owner. A good rule of thumb is that if you have not used or worn it in the past year, time to get rid of it.

Sneaky Midnight Drop Off's

This one is my pet peeve. The last time I visited the Salvation Army it was pouring rain and their was an employee picking up a bag of soaking wet clothing someone had left behind during off hours, otherwise known as hours they do not accept donations. Do you think they took the time to dry this stuff out to save it for resale- probably not, it probably went to dumpster along with that 30 year old toaster. If your in a jam and have to get rid of stuff off hours search out a donation box- conveniently located in at least one parking lot somewhere in your town. To find a location click here.

Now go get your donate on- properly:)

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