I have been trying to figure out a way to help. Really anyway to help with something. I once heard someone say that we have put so many walls up in the suburbs that we have boxed ourselves in, or something like that. The point is, I feel like I am living in a world that revolves around my needs. A couple of verses that hit me hard from Proverb….Proverbs 21:13, Proverbs 14:31, Proverbs 28:27
So instead of acting religous and holy and talk about how I care about the poor but in all reality I have not talked to a poor person in a year or so, I am coming up with an idea that might be crazy or might work. But I need you to be my sounding board.
I like shopping at the goodwill (actually not the goodwill anymore, way over priced, more like the salvation army) and finding clothes that other people don’t want anymore that I would love to have and pay hardly any money for. I have a couple of fellow shoppers that share my interest. Guys like Eric Peters, Steven Diel, Ryan Peters, and my sister Kelsie Reed. Recently me, eric, and steven were talking about how cool it would be to have our own thrift store. Much like rag-a-rama down in the loop, we would like to have a thrift store that bought cool clothes and then sold them to you the cool customer. We started playing around with this idea and then thought about how cool it would be to have a thrift shop and a concert venue. You could shop and listen to music and maybe even get a slurpy if we had a slurpy machine. How awesome would that be? Now, in all reality this would be really hard to do. Find a space available, buy it, get a business license, etc….you get the point. But what is not hard is the clothing. Lets be honest, I have a ton of clothes, clothes that I don’t even wear that could go to a great home. Faced with the problem of wanting to start a thrift store, but not having a space or money, I thought we could bring it to the blog world.
The problem is this, I am buying these clothes for really cheap at the Salvation Army, and I would sell them for cheap. But what for? Would I keep the money? Would I buy more clothes? What would I do with my sales?
I started to think about the purpose of the salvation army and goodwill. They exist to give a place for people to shop and find cheap clothes, but also they are in business to give their money away (at least that is what i think they do). I thought about how I could probably get arrested if I started buying from them and then selling it for more. It just seems way to easy and to be honest, unmoral.
Maybe not a solution, but something that could be.
first, start selling the clothes online (actually through a wordpress blog) and use paypal to receive payments.
second, take the proceeds or the money I make off of the clothing and give it away. Find some organization that needs money and give it to them.
third, get more clothing to sell
fourth, repeat steps one through three (sounds like a song I know).