On my way to make patterns for three pieces of furniture, I stopped by my most favorite thrift shop to look for pattern material (old solid colored sheets). I love this place because of who runs it and what they do. I used to think that the California Grey Bears was a state wide organization, but found out that it only serves our county. (The bear is the state animal. ) They have a recycling center and recycle everything from paper to computers and other electronics. With the money they bring in and food gleaned from local businesses they feed the elderly who need a little help. And, oh yes, it is also run by the elderly.
I found the needed sheets and there was a basket full of these adorable new pin cushions. I liked them so much I bought six. I also found a bag of vintage lace.
When I know the money is going to such a worthy and local cause, I feel like I am giving and receiving in a single transaction. It's like a two-for-one coupon.... buy a bag full of fun stuff and get a good feeling for free.