Thursday, February 24, 2011
On My Soapbox About Goodwill Stores
But I think it has gone too far.
I have all but given up on shopping Goodwill stores, and I have been a faithful customer for years!
---Sidenote---as a child digging was really important to me, I used to secret myself away to the recycling center/land fill about half a mile from my house. I thought I was an archeologist, this was abruptly put to a halt when I brought home pieces of a very used old toilet. When my Mom came into the backyard and saw my friend Holly and I with our ancient potty shards I lost my funding so to speak.---
Third-- They started to build fancier stores. All the Goodwills around here--except the one in Marysville, Ohio (which thank goodness is still a fun place to shop) are in these new free-standing buildings. I know that they have said it's cheaper to do it that way, and maybe it is...but really? In St. Mary's Ohio there is a sad empty storefront in a downtown area that could really use a boost to the community. It's not a place where there's lots of crime, there was parking there and even a little coffee shop near by, and it helped people shop in the downtown area which was good for other businesses. That Goodwill was moved to a free standing building in a town 7 miles away right across from Walmart. And they raised their prices again.
I read recently that CEOs of Goodwill make upwards of 200,000+ every year.
Hmmm...Is it possible that the good idea of a Non-profit company with good intentions has gone astray?
I now enjoy estate sales, and little church thrift stores, and garage sales of people I have come to know...people in the communities Goodwill claims to help. I think they are helping, but I think they could maybe do more if they reigned themselves in, reset their vision, took a smaller corporate salary, and kept some of the terrific things that are donated in the communities that donated them.
Posted by Beteabon at 7:36 PM