Be Not Ashamed, Thrift Store Shoppers!

Yes exactly. It was only $10 and I liked the print. But it was wrinkly and a bit crispy in texture as though it was inappropriately washed and dried. This might also explain why it was snug even though it was an XL, which usually fit me nicely.

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I have most of my dad’s old tools, and a lot of other personal effects. He was a carpenter, so I suppose tools are personals to him. Eve saw horses and big wood tool boxes he made are gold to me. Just used his '68 M’waukee Sawzall yesterday. Tool built to last.

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I had a punker girlfriend in the 80’s who sought out bowling shirts with the guys names on them. Gus, Hank, Elmer and Don were her faves. Even then, we’d go thrifting and she’d be diggin’ through men’s shirts, while I prayed for that elusive (fill in your favorite kitchen tool here).

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We did buy new, in order to take advantage of 1) federal EV incentives that apply to new vehicles only and 2) better financing rates. I do think it’s a decision one should weigh carefully. In this specific case it was also the first model year available as a plug-in hybrid, which has saved us oodles in gas $$ (only increasing our monthly electric bill by about $50). We fill up the has tank MAYBE every month or two months unless traveling.

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I dropped by the Salvation Army yesterday to drop off many, many paper grocery bags of good, gently used clothing. The location was on my errand running route yesterday. I did not choose to drive out of my way to donate to another charity. Well, the Salvation Army no longer takes clothing! No linens (I wasn’t donating any of those) either. I’ll have to wait until my next foray across the valley to donate the clothing. Jeez!

Wow. The SA website doesn’t say anything about no longer accepting clothing donations. See top bar in screenshot. Wonder if it’s a local thing? That’s disappointing.

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I’m wondering if that is just local to you? I see they still have clothing on their list of donatable items:

Here in MA, they passed a law in 2022 saying you can’t throw away textiles. You are supposed to bring them to a “textile recycler”. I’m just wondering how many people would do that with old socks or underwear. :grimacing:

https://www.mass.gov/guides/clothing-and-textile-recovery#:~:text=In%20November%202022%2C%20Massachusetts%20banned,donated%20to%20a%20textile%20recycler.

I’m sure it is a local thing since there was no signage, just the intake person halting our donation. I made the trip across town to a good place to donate to. I had to clear out the car to get the groceries in. Too much going on in town this weekend, starting tomorrow, and I had to stock up on groceries, etc. I suspect all the beer and bottled water in the grocery stores will be gone by tomorrow afternoon.

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Keep Calm and Carry On :+1:t2:

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There was just a piece in ? Washington Post? about how recycling blended fabric clothing has been near-impossible. The piece is about some new scientific advance that may allow for meaningful recycling, but the bad news is that some giant percentage of discarded clothing necessarily winds up in landfills or is burned.

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Yes, it was in WaPo. Gift link but I’ve heard you may need to sign up to read, unlike NYT.

According to the piece, the world discards 92 million tons of clothing each year and about an eighth of it is recycled.

https://wapo.st/4cZ2EyL

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The bulk of just those 2 types of clothing, if they could be recycled by everyone, would relieve landfill burden. By the time fiber is in a finished garment it’s been laundered and heat treated a lot. Consider how much accumulated muck is involved with freshly sheared wool.

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2 things, tcamp:

  1. you found a way to read nyt stuff free? Every time I try they demanmd a sign-up AND a paid
    online sub!
  2. About 15 yrs ago, maybe more, nyt ran a series (I was then a subscriber) revealing that huge quantities of donated clothing were bought up by professional ‘rag men’, who shipped them to Africa and made fortunes by selling what had been donated.

There are a lot of similar articles online right now. One from a while ago that I’m trying unsuccessfully to find was written by a woman who traced/followed her silk blouse to a market in Africa, and to the young woman who bought it.

A big problem is the huge market here for instant, disposable “fashion” - cheap and not meant to last. I wouldn’t get near the stuff personally, but my family was in business decades ago and I got taught the basics of good construction…. And good sense.

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Hi Bill. What @tcamp means is that if a NYT subscriber posts a gift link to a Times article, then the person with the gift link is not required to sign in to read that link. Which is nice. I’m no longer a paid subscriber but still have my free NYT account, but rarely bother to sign in anymore.

WaPo was like that for a long time, but now demands you sign in with a free account to be able to read the gift link. Which seems counterproductive to me. Gift links are a good way to get non-subscribers to start appreciating content, and perhaps become paid subscribers. But what WaPo is doing will likely put off the majority of recipients who don’t already have a free WaPo acct.

Heck, I have a freebie WaPo acct, too, but usually won’t bother to log in just to read a gift linked article.

P.S. for either WaPo or NYT, you can often bypass the paywall by clicking refresh-stop, refresh-stop a few times. This still works very easily with WaPo (just did it on the gift link Tamera posted), but it seems to be getting harder to trick the NYT’s software.

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There are Federal incentives on PHEVs? I have a friend looking at buying either an HEV or PHEV, but she’s thinking of waiting for another year. I’ve been EV-only for the past 2 years, but she’s too nervous to go all-in on an EV as her only car. I haven’t heard her mention any incentives (and I didn’t know there were any for HEVs), so she might not know there’s anything available.

I bought my Chevy EV in Sept of 2022, so I fell into the hole where I got no Federal incentives at all. :face_with_diagonal_mouth:

Ours is hybrid. Sorry, I don’t know the specifics of the law – that was my DH’s mid-pandemic research project (he has background in renewables). I think the policy has changed to where incentives are now for vehicles made/assembled in the U.S.

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Two acquisitions that will be well-used: an All Clad 8x8 baker with lid and an Emile Henry heart shaped baking dish. Both new. Total: $12.

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Fantastic finds. I’d use the 8x8 for Detroit style pizza, lasagna, and so many other things.

The EH baking dish would produce a quiche with a most glorious crust.

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