Wednesday, 12 October 2011

A trove of trashed treasures

This article turned up in The Age yesterday. Its about the odd donations that charities receive and also mentions Buy Nothing New Month.

1 comment:

Gina E. said...

Interesting article, but the comments were fascinating! They've got a real problem in Sydney by the sound of those last two comments, with such high prices and shoddy goods in their opshops. I know some Melbourne opshops price their goods a bit high, but you rarely find dirty stuff in our opshops these days. Where I am working, the (all volunteer) staff are very choosy about what goes in the shop and what goes into the rubbish bins and sadly, quite a lot goes in the bins. One lady wheeled a shopping trolly in the other day and dumped a heap of bags on the floor, and nicked off smartly. When the ladies opened the bags it was disgusting - cockroaches, fleas, mouldy rags...we always wear rubber gloves while sorting donated goods.