When is National Thrift Shop Day? August 17!
How is this holiday celebrated?
This holiday is celebrated by going to the thrift shops and see what you can find!
Origin of this Holiday?
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that this holiday does indeed exist. This is referred to as a "National" day. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though, this is still a holiday to celebrate.
We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
Defintion of a Thrift Shop
"A charity shop, thrift shop, thrift store, hospice shop (U.S., Canada), resale shop (when not meaning consignment shop (U.S.)), or op shop (Australia/N.Z.) (from "opportunity shop") is a retail establishment operated by a charitable organization for the purpose of fundraising."
Charity shops are a type of social enterprise. They usually sell mainly second-hand goods donated by members of the public, and are often staffed by volunteers. Because the items for sale were obtained for free, and business costs are low, the items can be sold at very low prices. After costs are paid, all remaining income from the sales is used in accord with the organization's stated charitable purpose. Costs include purchase and/or depreciation of fixtures (clothing racks, bookshelves, counters, etc.), operating costs (maintenance, municipal service fees, electricity, telephone, limited advertising) and the building lease or mortgage."
Popularity of charity shops
"Charity shops are often popular with people who are frugal, people who live on a limited or fixed income, collectors, and people with unusual tastes. This last group includes members of various subcultures. For example, clothing from charity stores was often modified by early punk rockers. In the United States shopping at a thrift store has become popular enough to earn a slang term, thrifting."
"Environmentalists may prefer buying second-hand goods as this uses fewer natural resources and would appear do less damage to the environment than by buying new goods, in part because the goods are usually collected locally. In addition, reusing second-hand items is another form of recycling, and thus reduces the amount of waste going to landfill sites."
"Also, people who oppose sweat shops often purchase second-hand clothing as an alternative to supporting clothing companies which have dubious ethical practices."
"Thrift stores are also popular with eBay sellers who buy collectible items and hope to resell them for a profit. However, this prevents people who cannot otherwise afford these items from getting them at all, and leaves the stores and their customers with a reduced-quality selection of merchandise to choose from."
New goods sold at charity shops
"Some charity shops also sell a limited range of new goods which may be branded to the charity, or have some connection with the cause the charity supports. Oxfam stores, for example, sell fair trade food and crafts. Other stores may sell new Halloween supplies and decorations where old vintage clothes are popular for use as costumes. Some stores specialise in selling books, music, or bridalwear. Charity shops may receive overstock or obsolete goods from local for-profit businesses; the for-profit businesses benefit by taking a tax write-off and clearing unwanted goods from their store instead of throwing the goods out, which is costly."
"The first Oxfam charity shop in the United Kingdom was established in Broad Street, Oxford, and began trading in December 1947 (although the shop itself did not open until February 1948). Oxfam opened some of the first charity shops."
United States & Canada
"In the United States, major national thrift shop operators include Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, and ReStore (see Habitat for Humanity International). Regional operators include Deseret Industries in Utah and those run by the Bethesda Lutheran Home in the Upper Midwest. Many local charitable organizations, both religious and secular, operate thrift shops. Common among these are missions, children's homes and homeless shelters, and animal shelters. In addition, some charity shops are operated by churches, and are fundraising venues that support activities including in some cases, missionary activities in other countries. Several U.S. stores are for-profit, with the charity that collected the goods making money from the wholesale of them to the store."
"In July 2009, a U.S. government report revealed that several banks are punishing their customers for saving money by using their credit cards at thrift stores. This includes raising interest rates, lowering the credit limit, or even damaging a shopper's overall credit score, which may cause other credit issuers to further harm the shopper by taking similar actions (universal default), or denying credit applications altogether. The automatic and unfounded assumption is that thrift-store shoppers are in financial trouble. (Even if this were true in a given case, such actions would put the customer in an even worse financial situation.) Laws passed by Congress the month before are expected to stop issuers from these practices."
"Thrift stores are generally owned by a charity but run as an independent business under contract: they are licensed by the charity, which provides the merchandise for sale, and benefits by the sale of these goods directly to the contractor who operates the shop. The shop may then make a profit from this arrangement. In some cases, e.g. 'Savers' and 'Value Village' they pay a small percentage of the profit to the charity. Charities in the US are supported by tax legislation (see 501(c)(3)) but this does not extend to the 'for profit' thrift shop. Unlike directly charity-run shops run by volunteers, thrift shops pay taxes, and must under their contract have employees with proper contracts of employment."
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