If you, too, have a love affair with thift stores, or are at least curious enough to step into one, here's some tips from the BBB you should keep in mind:
- Not all thrift stores benefit charities equally. Ask your favorite store how much your donations and purchases benefit the charity it supports.
- When gathering items to donate, make sure that the items are needed (check with the thrift store) and in good condition. Remember that torn, soiled clothing is never in style and that as hard as it can be to toss that three-wheeled monster truck into a landfill, no child wants to play with a broken toy. Disposing of unwanted and unusable gifts is costly to charities.
- Make sure you obtain a donation receipt if you would like to record your donation at tax time. Information on how to claim a deduction for charitable purposes can be found here on the IRS website.