The Exfactor and I rode our bikes to the Recycle Store yesterday and it is a good thing that he did not tell me ahead of time how far away it was because I would have refused to go that distance. It was way out in the boonies and I do not know why they chose that location because it seems highly illogical when you consider that the clientele has to get there without any form of public transportation.
I was looking for a wardrobe but we looked at a lot of other things in the store too, partly out of curiosity but also because we had come all that way and did not want to feel like we had wasted the effort. This actually turned out to be not such a good thing to do because as we walked around, the accumulated dust that was present there attacked me and gave me an allergy attack with swollen up hands and a sore throat and closed up ears.
We looked at the wardrobes, most of which were out and out ugly, and for which outrageous prices were asked. This really surprised us because we were under the impression that this store existed for the benefit of giving people on a low income the opportunity to purchase thinngs for a very reasonable price. All the items there were donated after all. A new wardrobe could be bought for less money than they asked for theirs.
I also took a very brief look at their clothes but it all looked rather poorly and frumpy and I decided that I would rather not take anything of the racks and buy new clothes instead. I really could not imagine trying on anything of which I did not know the origin.
Going to the Recycle Store was not the experience I had imagined it would be and I doubt very much if I will ever go back there. I thought it was all rather depressing. I am on a low income and I am a member of the public who ought to be able to shop there but I almost feel insulted by the very notion. I said to the Exfactor that it was almost like a criminal organization that took advantage of people by making outrageous profits on donated items.
I went on line and saw new and better wardrobes for better prices and when the time comes, I will order one of them.
Everything in life is a learning experience and this certainly was one. The cost of it was not too high (one long disappointing bike ride and an allergy attack). The weather was nice enough and we did not get rained on and I got the romantic notion about recycling stores out of my system. I will find a smaller recycle shop that does not make such huge profits and donate to them instead in the future.