I was recently reminded of just how sad thrift shops and antique shops can be. I mean, they are really great for finding wonderful things, but I start to feel bad for all the discarded items. The worst is when you see handmade quilts, sweaters, and of course afghans. Wouldn’t it break your heart to know that your afghan ended up in a thrift store?
So I came across several afghans without a home sitting in a thrift store, but I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t have room for them in my home and I didn’t know who I would give them to. So I asked our Facebook fans for their tips and what they do when they find afghans without a home:
“If the prices are reasonable, I’d buy them and donate them to the SPCA for them to give to senior kitties. That way, when kitties get their forever homes, they would have something to go with them that already had their scent on it; would help with lessening stress in the new home.” – Faith R.
“Buy them and pass them out to homeless people.” – Jo Ann E.
“It depends on the condition. If they are good, hand them out to the homeless or donate them to your local seniors’ center. We seniors are always cold. LOL. If they are NOT in good condition, then take them apart and recycle the yarn.” – Nel C.
“I have “re-homed” a couple that were in my color ways. Couldn’t buy the yarn to make them for what they were asking at the resale shop!” – Penny T.
“Snag ‘em all up and gift ‘em!” – DeAnna S.
“Buy them and take them home and love them so as they aren’t lonely.” – Lesley D.
“If the price is right, buy them and donate them to charity (after I make a sample if it is a new pattern).” – Brandy M.
“If they are not priced too high, they find a permanent home with me” – Donna M.
“Buy them and donate them, after washing them, to a local nursing home.” – Linda L.
“There has to be a SPCA for Afghans ~ Society for Preventive of Cruelty to Afghans! LOL!” – Jasmine B.
“Buy them if they look almost new, donate to organizations that actually USE them, instead of reselling. Warm UP America is a good one.” – Barbara D.
“I donate the small ones to a nonprofit baby clinic and the larger ones to shelters.” – Sue C.
“I usually pick them up and hold them a while, wondering about their history.” –Allison T.