Should thrift store workers be allowed to get all the best stuff?
I admired DDs friend's coat. Her mother informed me it was a coat which her mother had got from the charity shop in which she volunteers and said she brings home loads of good, name brand stuff.
Even if the volunteer pays a nominal price, it means the shop is deprived of stock, and if the shop only stocks horrible old stuff then people won't bother to go in. You can't imagine a boutique, say, allowing its staff to buy all the prime stuff first so there's nothing left to attract customers.