As I wrote on Sunday, The Really Really Free Markets are on every month. We try to give away things that people no longer want to save them going into landfill. Our town has 2 op-shops, Vinnies where I volunteer and...another, church based, one. Vinnies has a clothing bin out the front where people can drop in their unwanted clothing but they have nowhere for breakables or bigger items to be left unless the shop is open. The other op-shop has a table out the front for breakables, bigger items, toys etc as well as a bin for clothing. They get so many more donations than Vinnies. They used to take all their excess out to the tip but then a RRFM helper asked if they could collect it for the FreeMarkets. She would get carloads of stuff, most with nothing wrong with it, clothing still with tags. People come to the RRFM just to see what comes from this helper. The helper has been away for a few weeks but no-one else thought to see if this oppy had anything for them.and this market just gone missed out on the op-shop items.
At the FreeMarket just gone we heard that the op-shop had a lot of stuff for us and if it wasn't picked up soon then they would bin it. I went there this morning. Yeah, there was a lot of stuff and yeah, I was told that if it wasn't picked up today then they would put it in their skip-bin. I could see that there was a lot of really nice things so I asked them if they would mind if some of it went to Vinnies to be sold. I was told that yes, they did mind, it was for the RRFM. But they were more than willing to bin it if it didn't go there. And would have if I didn't show up to pick it up.
So I am cranky. Cranky at a place that has so much excess good quality stuff and instead of letting another op-shop sell it to raise money to help people in need they would rather throw it away as rubbish.
In a small town you would think that charity shops could help each other where possible. I know that Vinnies used to give them bags and bags of rags to sell as we don't sell rags. This stopped a while back when no-one was able to pick them up and they shut earlier than us so we couldn't get them there but it was something that was done to help them. They make money from selling bulk bags of rags.
I am cranky that all the people that donate to this op-shop have no idea that their donation may end up in a skip-bin. I am cranky at the senseless waste that this op-shop is willing to contribute to. I am so disgusted with this op-shop, thinking about how much they are willing to throw away makes me feel ill. And cranky. Very cranky.