Goodwill’s profits go to help those in need
Your Goodwill purchases are worth more than you pay
Choosing to buy used instead of new is an environmentally sound practice
Buying new not only triggers a freshly manufactured item to replace it, but it’s usually encased in wasteful and frustrating packaging. Buy that same item at Goodwill and it’s likely to be packaging-free, and certainly triggers no new consumer good to be created from virgin materials. Plus, that Goodwill item has already been created and shipped, so the carbon footprint is a done deal. By purchasing from a secondhand source, you avoid the manufacture of unnecessary items, plus you saved it from the landfill.
Target merchandise is trend driven and quickly goes out of style
Those mad-for-plaid Target commercials that play on repeat? Crazy. Any style that comes on-trend so quickly will go off-trend in a heartbeat. But timeless (and frankly better quality) home goods abound at Goodwill. Yes, you may have to sort through some unappealing old-but-not-quite-vintage stuff to discover these treasures, but believe me, they’re there. High quality vintage items that will prompt your grandmother to say, ‘They don’t make things like they used to!’ I’ll bet good money that by next year, plaid will be declared passé, and some exciting new textile pattern will take over as Target’s must-have 2016 decor purchase!
Goodwill is cheaper than Target
None of the above arguments would be relevant if Goodwill simply wasn’t the cheaper choice. Yes, sometimes thrift shop prices are confusingly high, but that’s mostly a rarity. I know when I’m choosing between spending $5 or spending $1, there’s simply no competition. I work hard for my money, and I want my purchases to be both high quality and leave wiggle room in the budget. Goodwill gives me both.
I know that many of you will be loyal to Target until the day you die. But for me, Goodwill keeps me on budget, helps me to create my own unique style and is the more environmentally responsible choice. And Goodwill being a charitable organization? It doesn’t get much better than that!
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