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It's great to shop at thrift stores if you live in an affluent area where used clothing started our upscale. How about low SES shoppers?

Why couldn't thrift stores coordinate their donations so that the quality of the clothing didn't depend on the location of the store? My friend used to shop thrift stores in California in one of the wealthiest counties, and yes, she had a great wardrobe. Not so if you tried the same thing in one of the poorest counties around LA. So, in the spirit of fairness, why not get the stores (especially ones that are outlets for organizations) to "spread the wealth" around?

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    Jun 20 2011: Is it really that bad? People should wear clothes for what the protective garments that they are. People shouldn't mind if they don't have fashionable clothes as long as they are functional. Same things goes with cars. Why buy an expensive one to get from here to there when you can do the same with something more affordable?
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    Jun 14 2011: Yes I thought the same thing after I saw the Jessi Arrington talk. Finding sweet threads in a trendy area isn't too difficult, but if you the outskirts of culture things you end up in the undertow of fashion. If you are feeling adventurous get yourself some scissors and a sowing machine. If you your local thrift store as a supplier of cheap fabric rather than a place to buy clothes you might have better luck.
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    Jun 13 2011: Because thrift stores that run on donations are mostly community based. If clothing is donated in store, it ends up being sold at that store. Goodwill, for instance, has many individual donation stations as well as sorting centers to redistribute goods they collect to be sold in stores throughout a state. This is why I always donate to the drop offs.

    Why not a 'Dress to Impress' charity that focuses on bringing quality clothing to low income families in preparation for school, careers or college? You could find individual outlet stores that would willingly donate clothing to a good cause like that.
  • Jun 13 2011: "...started OUT..." my bad.