Instead of Spring Cleaning, I’m doing End of Summer cleaning. Going through kids’ closets and seeing what can be passed down to another brother, what is for Goodwill, what’s only good enough for the rag bag, etc… I’m also clearing out just a lot of Stuff. Vases, picture frames, old linens, and things that I’m just storing because I have pack-rat-like tendencies.
So I packed up the Suburban and went to my nearest Goodwill donation center. There I found a member of the Goodwill Gestapo, clipboard in hand, frowning at the bounty of nice household items and clothing I was trying to drop off.
“We only take appliances if they’re working.”
“These are working, I just don’t use them anymore” (An electric chicken rotisserie? Please. Why did we ever even have that?)
“We don’t take shredders or fax machines. We don’t take any baby items except clothing. We don’t take toys that have been opened.”
Geez. Will you take books that have been read?
Will you take clean towels that once dried something wet?
Will you take clean sheets that have been slept on?
Pots and pans that have been cooked with?
Picture frames that once held pictures?
Clothing or shoes that have been worn?
Wasn’t the whole point of Goodwill Industries was to give people who were disabled a chance to work and provide good household items at a low cost in their stores? I’d have better luck trying to find a Neiman Marcus donation site.