|My old Hometown beach|
When I was in high school, I lived in a beach town, just south of San Francisco - and (without my parents permission of course) we would hitchhike to the Haight Ashbury, where there were these really neat Army Surplus Stores and thrift shops. I think that is what started me, appreciating other people's castoffs.
When you stop and think about it though, getting a Goodwill store, is a tell tale sign of the times, isn't it? There were issues involved, trying to lure them here. Many did not want a big box-type thrift store because we have so many privately owned ones. But lets get real here - some of those privately owned ones have nothing but trash. The clothes are stained and they sell them for way more than they are worth. Many of them try and say they sell "collectibles" and "antiques" which is a bit of a stretch to say the least. We have 2 Salvation Army stores here, but I'm bored with them and their prices are high. They don't have a very good selection either. The Goodwill's in the bay area and Silicon Valley, are awesome. I've never been disappointed plus they keep them looking clean and organized.
So I am going down there to check it out. I bought this really nice wool coat at one of the Goodwill's in the bay area, a Ann Taylor mid length coat for $15. I've had so many compliments on it. I'm always pleased when I can find a good bargain.