Took Some Items To The Thrift Shop Yesterday. Issue.

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  1. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Well-Known Member
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    I hope it's OK to put this here. It's not shopping, it's donating.

    Yesterday I took some items to PAWS thrift shop. Mostly some books, yarn and a baggie with jewelry I just don't wear anymore. I told the volunteer attendant (who took too long to acknowledge me while I stood there holding two bags while she was talking to someone) that some of the jewelry was sterling silver and to please not sell it for costume jewelry prices. She said they have someone there who goes through all the jewelry and prices it and would recognize the sterling.

    As I went out the door I heard the woman who was talking to the volunteer say "can I look through that jewelry" After I got in my car and was driving I thought "wait a minute, I donated that for the animals not so some woman (actually I thought some b-word) can get first dibs because she happened to be standing there when I bought my stuff in"

    I didn't want to go back and say anything but later that afternoon I called and spoke to one of the afternoon volunteers. I explained what happened and she assured me that they have strict rules regarding anything being sold before it is priced in the back. She stated that even if they see something come in they may want, it has to be priced by the people who do the pricing before they could even purchase it.

    She further stated she would mention this next week to the AM volunteers. This did bother me. I only donate to PAWS and I do so for the animals, mainly the cats they help. I just hope everything I donated got to the back to be priced. There was a second volunteer there, but she seemed to be talking on her cell phone. These two didn't seem to be their best volunteers.
     
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    I do not know about PAWS; but many years ago, I worked at a thrift store called Value Village, and they had the same rules. Anything that came in had to go into the back and be prices and then put out on the proper shelf or rack.
    As an employee, I got a discount on anything that I purchased, but even then, I had to wait a day before I could get the discount, so that the item had a chance to be sold for full price before an employee could buy it at their discount. We could buy something as soon as it was put out on the shelf/rack; but we had to pay full price just like everyone else when we did that, and even as an employee, we could not go through anything that came in before it was priced and put out for sale.
    I knew someone who worked for one thrift store, and he helped with the donation trucks that went to houses and picked up items. He said that sometimes the drivers went through the items on the truck and took things; but they were defintely NOT supposed to be doing that .
     
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    You did the right thing @Kitty Carmel by donating things you no longer needed to help a cause you believe in. Now the best thing you can do is believe the people who received those donations are doing the right thing too...even if your impression while you were there was that they might not be doing that right thing.
     
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    Kitty Carmel Well-Known Member
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    Thanks for your replies ladies. I've donated a lot to our PAWS. (it's a single store started probably about 2005. Benefits low cost spay/neuter and trap/spay/neuter and release of monitored cat colonies. They also find homes for any kittens still young enough to be socialized that they have trapped) It's 100% volunteer run and I personally do know one of the women who started the shop though she is no longer involved.

    Some of the volunteers are more familiar and I had never seen this particular woman volunteer before. I've made a note to self not to take anything in on a Wednesday morning again. I don't know if the volunteer had any personal relationship with the woman who wanted to see the jewelry or if they were just talking.

    I have to trust that all the items will be priced and sold for the animals.

    @Yvonne Smith OT but when I was probably 19 I applied to work at the Goodwill in Santa Cruz. No "experience in retail" No hire. So when I go to these larger thrift stores, which I don't too often, I'll laugh my butt off when I can get something they didn't recognize. Like the large Native American sterling snowflake obsidian bracelet that I got for 15 dollars. It was completely black and polished up without a blemish. Had it been turquoise, it probably would have been recognized but with that stone it wasn't. It would never have got past me that is for sure.
     
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