The old clothes that you donate to thrift stores may not be the precious treasures that you think everyone wants!
Oh no, there's a much more selective process as to how your clothes are picked for the thrift store floor and where your castoffs are sent off to.
While "most Americans are thoroughly convinced there is another person in their direct vicinity who truly needs and wants our unwanted clothes," the truth of the matter is that your old rags are being seriously judged!
There's usually a team of critics who meticulously sift through each donation, sorting clothes into various categories. If they make the cut, they're sent to thrift stores across the community. If they don't, well, then, they're shipped off to a rag-cut room where they're turned into blocks of fabric.
Even designer brands end up here!
Once those rags are turned fabric, they are then shrink-wrapped and sent off to vendors in Africa where they become new clothes to be sold to the public, making "used clothing is now the United States' number one export by volume."
So, there you have it! The more you know…
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