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National Survey Shows Increase in Acceptance of Thrifted Holiday Gift Giving

Dec 17, 2019

ROCHESTER, NY - Do not be surprised if one or more of the gifts you give or receive this holiday season is thrifted.

According to Accenture’s “13th Annual Holiday Shopping Survey”, almost half of the survey respondents (48 percent) would consider giving a gift of secondhand clothing. In fact, an even greater number (56 percent) said they would be happy to receive a thrifted gift themselves.

“The percentage of people who appreciate thrifted items is increasing, and that is very good news,” says Jennifer Lake, President of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes. “There is no better feeling than finding that one-of-a-kind gift for the unique person in your life or receiving such a gift yourself."

For those who are still searching for that “just right” holiday gift of gently used clothing, shoes, accessories or housewares, Lake says Goodwill stores provide many varied options that are sustainable and do good all at the same time.

“When people shop and buy thrifted items from our stores, they are helping to divert 25 million pounds of items that would otherwise end up in local landfills. They are also helping to support the important mission-focused work Goodwill does through the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 211/LIFE LINE, and workforce development.”

Goodwill of the Finger Lakes is a local not-for-profit that has stores in the Greater Rochester and Syracuse areas. The stores will be open regular hours until Christmas Eve, when they will be open 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All Goodwill of the Finger Lakes locations are closed on Christmas Day.