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    Every VV I have shopped at sorts by size and usually by color, too. I don't mind browsing, but I don't have the patience to dig through hundreds of garments to find my size.

    And they're surely making a profit off my donations, with more to come...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaneV2.0 View Post
    Every VV I have shopped at sorts by size and usually by color, too. I don't mind browsing, but I don't have the patience to dig through hundreds of garments to find my size.

    And they're surely making a profit off my donations, with more to come...
    yes, here too. i meant that Goodwill doesnt sort by size. But St Vincent D Paul is now sorting by size. They also have a good selection of table placemats really cheap so I like going there even tough their clothing selection sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    Failure to sort by size shows disregard for the time of their customers, I think.
    As a guy, I have far more latitude AFA what's "in style". But that failure (^^^) is why I prefer to go almost anywhere rather than Goodwill for clothes. I know finding sizes on a garment takes far more time than sorting by color. But, yeah, no for-profit retail establishment could get away with that (Filene's Basement, maybe, but look what happened to them).

    DW was in a Goodwill recently looking for accessories and she reported that they are now sorting by color and size. Hallelujah!
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    Do you ever wonder about the white shirts? Give me a nice white shirt and it will instantly develop a rosy bloom of spilled tomato sauce, a rip in the delicate lace, a pulled seam under the armpit. How do these obviously-not-new-but-nearly-pristine white shirts survive until they get to the thrift store??

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    I seldom find new clothes sorted by size. Sometimes t-shirts are the smalls, mediums, larges etc., but pants, oh no you'll go through the entire rack, and it will all random sizes throughout looking for your size.

    some clothes I suppose actually get to thrifts basically unworn, maybe they were gifts, maybe bad purchases (sure they probably could have gotten their money back but for whatever reason didn't I guess).
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    Quote Originally Posted by ApatheticNoMore View Post
    some clothes I suppose actually get to thrifts basically unworn, maybe they were gifts, maybe bad purchases (sure they probably could have gotten their money back but for whatever reason didn't I guess).
    I've bought clothing at thrift stores that still has the tags on. In addition, at least around here (don't know if it's a national thing) Goodwill teams with Target to sell returns and closeout merchandise, so a fair amount of new product there has the Target tag/sticker on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kib View Post
    Do you ever wonder about the white shirts? Give me a nice white shirt and it will instantly develop a rosy bloom of spilled tomato sauce, a rip in the delicate lace, a pulled seam under the armpit. How do these obviously-not-new-but-nearly-pristine white shirts survive until they get to the thrift store??
    They must have been donated unworn. I've scored lots of them in pristine condition. They probably won't survive me...

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    The Habitat for Humanity affiliate I work with has a ReStore, so I can say with some authority that almost nobody wants to buy used toilets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    The Habitat for Humanity affiliate I work with has a ReStore, so I can say with some authority that almost nobody wants to buy used toilets.
    I wish I had a photo of DH’s store of used toilets, all lined up, in our tiny house we use for storage and gardening.

    i just asked him, again, why do we have them? He said he keeps them just to irritate me so they are doing their job.

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    When we had some from remodeling we could not even give them away. WE had to dispose of them. I think I would drop a match on tiny junk home)

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