The industry of non-profit thrift stores, such as Goodwill and Family Pathways, has been thriving in recent years, and experts say it has to do with a new attitude toward reusability and recycling.
Last year, Goodwill’s sites and online retail shops made more than $94 million, reports NPQ, which helps to fund the organization’s job training programs. The Salvation Army recycled more than 4 million pounds of textiles, and Goodwill recycled over 58,000 tons of goods.
The Executive Director of The Association of Resale Professionals says that “People are much more aware of sustainability and recycling, and it’s the thrill of the hunt. Plus, people have a lot of places to spend their money—their children’s education, retirement, vacation homes. Consumer goods is a place they can save.”
These non-profit stores help serve social justice causes around the country, including helping underprivileged individuals with job training and opportunities, which is Goodwill’s primary goal, or to help impoverished families, victims of domestic abuse, homeless individuals and much more, which is the Salvation Army’s main goal.
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