Goodwill Highlighted on 'Today Show'
Goodwill® received national attention last Thursday when Katy Wolk-Stanley, better known as the leader of The Non-Consumer Advocate
, filmed a Today Show
segment at a local Goodwill superstore in Portland, OR.
Wolk-Stanley has not purchased anything new in five years. She is able to accomplish this effort by frequently shopping at Goodwill, where she has been known to purchase clothing or jewelry, such as watches, for as little as anywhere from $6-$15.
The writer and mother of two believes in de-cluttering and in fixing instead of replacing. The tagline for her website is: “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
Wolk-Stanley is on a mission to live on less and not define herself by purchases. By doing so, she and her family are also able to lessen their environmental impact. This concept is part of “The Compact,” a movement of people all over the world who are choosing to think outside of the “big box” and not buy anything new.
Other items she purchases at Goodwill include books, shoes, records, kitchen utensils and more. She believes that thrift stores enable one to achieve that million-dollar look for much less.
As Wolk-Stanley says in her interview, “When I choose to buy a shirt from Goodwill instead of the mall, it doesn’t create an order to manufacture a new one. One peek into any thrift shop will give you a strong conviction that we’re currently manufacturing too much stuff and there’s more than enough to go around.”
Wolk-Stanley also asserted that she is aware of Goodwill’s mission of job training stating: “I mainly shop at Goodwill Industries, whose mission is to ‘Provide vocational opportunities to people with barriers to employment.’”
The Today Show appearance reached nearly 5 million viewers, educating them on how Goodwill’s revenue translates into community programs for people in their neighborhoods.
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