Posted On: Monday - October 16th 2023 6:46AM MST
In Topics:   Curmudgeonry  Economics  Americans
We've got a whole lot of kids clothes, toys, and games to get rid of. After sorting out the worn, broken, missing-pieces stuff to get rid of, we organized the rest of it. Let's have a yard sale, I figured, There's a deal now in which yard-sale brokers, if I may use that term, read the Craigslist ads and come around scarfing up stuff and re-selling it themselves on eBay, like the NYCity bankers looting of Russia in the 1990s.. like a really, really low-budget version of that.
Well, enterprising business is A-OK, and we still may have a yard sale, but I want to do this on a personal basis, getting these items to kids who would like them. We don't at all mind giving them away. The problem I'm running into is that the my wife tells me the Church people don't want used stuff, and I can't figure out who does, that is, besides Goodwill. That's not very personal, dealing with a big organization whose AA employees likely don't care what happens to this stuff. Also, see below.
It's nearly Christmas time, and I'm thinking of the long-ongoing US Marines' "Toys for Tots" program. They want new stuff. I may sound like a curmudgeon here - that's the idea, in fact - but with the time/money the Marines organization puts into this, along with the individual well-meaning volunteers, wouldn't they pretty much break even just having a new toys budget and getting discounts on masses of toys for the kids? That wouldn't be a community thing, I understand. However, then what's wrong with some used but working toys with all the parts? No, not good enough for today's tots whose parents can't afford toys?
My point here is of my surprise that most Middle-Class, Working Class, about any class, Americans seem to think themselves too good to acquire used clothing, toys, or games. It's embarrassing to them, I gather. That wasn't the case when I was young, and we weren't poor either.
Here's the modern worry about Goodwill. It's "Fast Fashion" that's a big problem. Fashion, hell! How about just being glad to get something to keep your kid warm and entertained?
Will the fact that the American economy is a ponzi scheme that's been strung out on FED-induced low interest rates and a Reserve currency - the former about done with, and the latter ?? - ever get Americans to understand that the 70-year long prosperous Middle-Class lifestyle can't be held onto forever via debt?
Too bad there aren't many Great Depression Era people around with the strength to knock some sense into spoiled Americans. They are going to need it.