My name is Patrice and I'm a shopaholic who hasn't purchased new clothes or accessories in almost a year. Tough, right? Well, yes and no. Though I went on a no-new-clothes-for-a-year challenge, I've been able to feed my fashion habit thanks to local thrift shops.
On the fringes of the boarded-up hinterlands of a former industrial section of a small Missouri town stands a building, decrepit yet painted a shade of purple so striking that it seems phantasmal against its drab backdrop of deadened grays and tans.
While we're out improving access to textile recycling in communities across the country, we are sometimes confronted with the notion that thrift stores and charities already collect most unwanted clothing. The facts don't support that line of thinking.