5. The Charity Shop’s Cause Matters
Here in the United States, most of our thrift stores are not outwardly associated with a charity. And even if they are, most people don’t know what the cause is. Most of the shops actually do put money towards a charity, even if people don’t realize what it is. For example, Goodwill puts their money towards employing people with special needs and disabilities. And most people don’t realize that The Salvation Army is actually a religious organization. But in the more affluent areas, we do have hospital charity shops or the Jewish Women’s League. From my personal experience, the American version of charity shops tend to have better stuff, and better prices. These charity shops are staffed by volunteers who are more interested in raising money for charity than making profits for the store.
In the UK and most parts of Europe, they have charity shops instead of thrift stores. Depending on the cause they are raising money for, they might have better donations coming through. According to a study, the British Heart Foundation was the most popular charity shop in the UK with Oxfam and Cancer Research UK coming next in line. When you look at the list of charity shops in the UK, it’s clear to see that people want to donate to heart disease research the most. This is likely because they had someone in their family who was affected by it. So if you have more people donating and shopping there, it’s likely to have the best stuff available.