The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, and other groups, usually arms of churches or Christian outreach groups, will accept donations of household goods, including clothing, furniture and accessories, kitchenware of all sorts… What they do is to discard, completely, the worthless material and that which by law cannot be resold (e.g., underware, thoughh things like mattresses that are in good shape but legally prohibited from resale will often be given to someone in need), and then place on sale, at a small fraction of the “new” value, whatever is saleable. People on extremely low income can pick up goods they need at a price they can afford. For example, a person subsisting on disability with a nine-year-old son may only be able to afford two or three new outfits for school and other “dress” occasions a year – but that kid also needs play clothes and such, and $2 for used kids’ jeans or 50 cents for a sturdy used pullover shirt is affordable.
Sometimes folks who can afford better shop such stores for the unusual, being a bargain hunter’s paradise. Barb and I were making over $40,000 a year back in the 1980s – but I certainly could not have afforded to buy her, new, the beautiful fur coat I picked up for $10, and which she wore for several years on appropriate dress occasions.