I both donate to and frequent the local thrift shops. My wife and I refer to it as “hunting for treasures.”
I look at it as a way of giving each item one more chance to be useful, rather than ending up in the landfill. We don’t (knowingly) donate things that don’t work, although we’ve bought more than a few of them. Doesn’t matter – it’s a good cause.
We recycle. We compost. We try to show that this is a wonderful world and we all need to be good stewards.
Today I put a few things on eBay and Craigslist.
I guess I could claim that my time is too valuable, and it’s wasted on such trivialities.
But, as I travel through life, if I leave things as good as I found them, I think that’s a good thing.
If I am able to encourage my children to follow suit, that’s better.