Goodwill is such an amazing store. It’s amazing that only around a decade ago I thought that it was the last place in the world I would want to get my clothes from. I mean, “Come on, Mom. I already get grief for what I wear. What if they somehow found out it’s from Goodwill? I’d never hear the end of it.”
Sadly this is how I thought at 18. Then I went to college. Then I was introduced to the concept of cosplay. Yes, cosplay, dressing up as a character from an anime series or comic book, is what changed my mind about Goodwill. Maybe it was the fact that the one near campus is large, well lit, and doesn’t feel like it’s being hidden in the backroom of a store somewhere like the one in my hometown did. It felt like a clothing store.
I first went there to get some clothes to pull off Milly from Trigun. I figured I could find a jacket and a shirt that I could modify to make look like hers. And I did. The next year I did Wolfwood, also from Trigun. Eventually I decided to check it out and see what kinds of clothes I could get for my regular wardrobe. Yeah, there are some really hideous and outdated pieces of clothing in there. But there’s also a treasure trove if you know where to look.
When you live in a bigger city, like Columbus, there are many stores in very different parts of the city. There are a couple that are smaller and more like a higher-end clothing store. The racks aren’t stuffed with clothes, the clothes are all really, really nice, and sometimes they’re individually priced. Those are really useful if I’m looking for something specific. I’m probably going to visit them soon to find a couple of pieces for some cosplays.
But if you are just browsing for clothes, the larger ones with the stuffed racks are really useful. Especially when they run a sale on one of the tag colors. The one near campus, which has moved closer to campus and is really nice now, always has something on sale on Sundays. I’m sure they run sales during the week, but I only stop in after church on Sundays.
This Sunday they were running a 50% off sale on the yellow tags. So after a little browsing, I start down the Women’s Capri isle and only look at the pants if they have a yellow tag. I walked out of there with four new, to me, pairs of capris, three of which I can wear to work, for the price of two.
I love it! I don’t have to worry about the fiber content of the clothing. I don’t have to worry about where it was made because it’s from Goodwill. I’m not supporting the Chinese or Taiwan clothing industries and I’m not supporting the use of man-made fibers. All I’m doing is supporting Goodwill, an American organization, and all that they do and keeping the pants from getting thrown out for a little bit longer. Hopefully I’ll simply wear them out and when they’re done they’ll either get turned into rags or will be past the point of being useful and I won’t feel bad throwing them out.
I’m just hoping that more people are starting to realize that it’s not the end of the world if you go to Goodwill. It’s good for your wallet, the country, and the earth. And most people out there are worried about at least one of those things. 😉