As I look at each item, I always think about the life of the person who wore that piece of clothing before it was donated to charity. What is their story? Sometimes my daughter and I recreate the imaginary life of the previous owners. We give them names, talk about what they are like, what job they do, how many kids they have.
Everyone has a story. Everyone is interesting. How many time do we ask, “How are you”. People predictably answer, “Fine”. I like to follow up with, “are you really?”
Asking that second question, make the initial inquiry genuine and gives people the permission to tell you a little of their story. I find it fascinating and I always learn something.