That $20 in your pocket buys more than a velour jumpsuit and some house slippers.
Goodwill Industries International provides a retail outlet known for inexpensive and vintage items. However, some have questioned whether the booming popularity of thrift shopping, especially among a young demographic, is placing low-income customers at a disadvantage.
"I've never heard anyone complain about it before, but sometimes I think some people actually use Goodwill, like that's where they buy all their clothes," said Jennifer Daniel, sophomore in global studies. "And we're here like, 'Look at how hideous this is.'"
Brief considerations like this don't seem to deter students from taking their dollar to the area's 28 Goodwill retail stores.
"I like to find clothes that are cheap, maybe not so trendy, just different," Joanna Bernardini, a second-year interior design student, said. "It's just a practical way to shop."
In fact, the principal concern of a Goodwill shopper like Daniel is of far less magnitude than the social welfare implications of her purchase.
"I ask myself if I should wash it before I wear it," Daniel said.
Thrift shopping has grown into a movement of sorts among younger generations, especially among pop-culture catalysts like rap artist Macklemore's "Thrift Shop."
Combined with economic distress and poverty-stricken urban residents, the question has been raised concerning the morality of the Goodwill shopping trend among financially stable citizens.
Goodwill Industries of Knoxville's public relations and marketing coordinator Adrienne Hendon would put that question to rest.
"Knoxville is such a generous town for us, I mean they are consistently donating to all of our locations," Hendon said. "We constantly have new stuff out every day. We don't have a shortage of anything by any means."
Hendon explained that any purchases made in a Goodwill retail location support the non-profit organization's employment and vocational services.
"So anybody you know, regardless if they are low income or high income, any of their purchases at Goodwill, if they purchase a chair, that chair money goes to helping somebody with a disability get a job or get training to get a job," Hendon said.
According to its website, Goodwill Industries garnered $3.53 billion in revenue from its 2,700 retail stores in 2012, accounting for approximately 72 percent of the company's total revenue for the year.
Eighty-two percent of that income was used to directly support Goodwill's other programs which provide jobs and training to members of the community unable to support themselves alone.
Founded in 1902 by a Methodist clergyman, Goodwill Industries' mission statement espouses its goal of "helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work."
Hendon echoed this sentiment when discussing the company's role in the Knoxville and global community.
"The more people we can help in the community, that's our goal, to get as many people out there training to get jobs as we can," Hendon said. "'You give somebody a fish they can eat for a day, but if you teach them how to fish they can eat for their lifetime.' That's kind of what we go around."