Thursday, May 22, 2008

...And Finally Even GOODWILL Went Out Of Business

A few years ago GOODWILL bought this place, fixed it up, and repainted it. The area's growing population of Carribean Island immigrants was frequenting a number of the local thrift and second hand shops.
The people were buying lots of clothes, shoes, pots and pans, and electronics, then shipping it off to friends and relatives back home. A lot of it was then resold on the islands.

GOODWILL and the other thrift stores paid nothing for the merchandise. It was all donated "for the tax write-off". Now the economy here is in a tailspin. Middle class people aren't buying so much "new" all the time, nor are they discarding the "old" quite so quickly. For the thrift stores that means the supply line has slowed to a trickle. The "new" GOODWILL store is now empty and has a for sale sign on the front.

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