Resale Store Volunteering: Great Fun, Great Causes

When Joan and John Vatterott retired to Naples, Fla., nearly 10 years ago, they volunteered with the Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit that supports 1,100 children in the nearby town of Immokalee, a low-income community with one of the largest populations of crop pickers in the country. Find Volunteer Opportunities at Create the Good » The Vatterotts started English-speaking classes for the workers, who are mostly Hispanic, Haitian and Mayan Indian. John also helped start the Tutor Corps program, which pairs high school …

Old Clothes We Can’t Quit: It Still Fits!

For my book The Cheapskate Next Door, I surveyed hundreds of proud “cheapskates” about – among other things – the oldest piece of clothing they own and at least occasionally still wear.  The answer, on average, was one or more apparel items dating back roughly to the time when Jimmy Carter was President (1977-1981). That was far from the winning response though:  One of my fellow cheapskates from Pennsylvania took the prize, because he still owns and quite often wears …