I buy more clothes than I literally need. So shoot me. I support my local non-profit thrift stores in the process, and garments I'm not wearing anymore go to them to resell, as well. The non-profit thrift stores' proceeds benefit the local social services like our chapter of Habitat for Humanity, battered women's shelters, Planned Parenthood (they don't do abortions in my county), church-affiliated international aid organizations and Goodwill's job services. Does it seem crazy to help needy people by buying things I don't literally need to keep me alive and warm? Maybe. I also buy things I do need there, like my winter coat. I suppose I could have salvaged the one I'd had for years, but the zipper broke and paint spilled on it, so I decided to donate it for anyone else who might find it useful, and I bought one I liked better for $10.
I buy costumes and costume-related items at the second-hand stores, too. I don't "need" them, but I enjoy Renaissance Faires, costume parties and the like. Again, kill me because I am a horrible person.
Would I do the same if I only had access to department stores and fancy boutiques? Heck no. I'm way more thrifty than that.
Do I buy what I consider to be "a lot" of items I don't technically need? No, but someone else might see it that way. I don't "need" the four old hardback books I bought to sit on my endtable to fit with the decor in my living room, but I thought an old Baptist songbook, Spanish Catholic mass book, and a collection of short stories from the early 20th Century would be a nice addition. I bought them for under $5 at a second-hand place that raises money to send relief to the far corners of the earth. Same with my stained-glass knick-nack collection that I buy a little bit here and there.
I guess everyone benefits from this arrangementlandfills don't fill up, people have a place to get rid of their still-usable unwanted items, others buy things on the cheap, and the proceeds benefit the poor and needy. Except for the aspect of me being such a horrible, nasty consumer because I have more than six pairs of pants.
Q: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? A: 1001...one to change the bulb, 1000 to say it's already been done.