Some people like to collect stamps as a hobby. Some do sports. Some like to watch films and review them. I like second hand shopping. the only problem with that is that it's become very trendy. And if something becomes trendy you can sell it for higher prices.
I live in a town where the prices of second hand/ vintage shopping are just as high as in ordinary stores. Some say that it's good that the charity shops get more money for their goods, the money goes to a good cause. And thats true. However, the charity shops are there for two types of charity, aren't they?
the first reason is already stated, they want to raise money to give to a specific cause. The second reason is just as important as the first one in my opinion, namely to give less fortunate families an opportunity to buy clothes and things in a price level they can afford. I'm not saying I cant afford paying more, but I feel sorry for the people who up until now have relied on these shops. Where should they go now, when even the charity shops are too expensive?
One answer is the charity shops outside of the larger cities. I visited a local red cross shop when I was back home at my parents. It was so much fun! The house itself was a delight to visit, an old hotel. I wish more doors were unlocked, because I get so curious! They had so many lovely things there. Clothing rack after clothing rack. Most of it did'nt even look used!
A new autumn coat, 25 sek (3,15 usd). A blouse 15 sek (1,88 usd). And so it went on and on and on. Heaven! This is what a charity shop should be like. Unfortunately I didn't find anything in my size this time, but hey, trust me, I'll be back!
What's your opinion in this matter? Or maybe you can tell me a bit about your hobby/ies?