Thrift shops were filled with usable items that the "better off" handed off cause they no longer needed them (a form of pay it forward / pass it on). There was no "benefit" (money) to the gifter, just the feeling that they had done ok in life, and was sharing their over abundance "of stuff"
Now it seems EVERYONE wants in on the action.
Something for nothing (out of the goodness of one's heart) has become a money making venture.
The gifter is more likely to hold a garage sale, or haul their stuff to a Consignment Shop ... Hoping to make some extra cash on their unwanted items
The truly needy, cannot get decent used stuff without paying for it (real junk is all they can afford).
Those who volunteer in the community who set up homes for victims of domestic violence (moving on from Women's Shelters) or establishing roots for Refugees, say that finding quality stuff is harder & harder, as the HIPSTERS who aren't needy at all ... Have taken over the used marketplace with the terminology "vintage" for just about everything that is more than 10 years old (ie Vintage 1990s ???? LOL)
We still donate... But are now more apt to opt for Habitat for Humanity cause of the good TRUE NOT FOR PROFIT Work they perform in the community.
We also are not beyond shopping there, if we happen to see a deal on something we need (they get BOTH used and new items... Especially end of line / overrun items) knowing that every bit we do for / with Habitat goes to a good cause.
Won't ever go into a Value Village... Sorry, but they have gotten LOST in what it truly should mean to "lend a helping hand"... They are way too focused on THEIR BOTTOM LINE vs helping others.