What: Goodwill tests a 13,000 sq foot super store, featuring higher end goods, in the western Connecticut city of Brookfield.

What the experts say: from Cool News of the Day: “That’s where he noticed that “thrifty and upscale” is not always a contradiction in terms. “People are really interested in finding treasures, whether it’s from for-profit re-sale stores or charities,” he (David H. Turner, president of Goodwill Industries of Western Connecticut) observes, adding “We’re upscaling because it’s a business necessity.”

What I say: One hand it’s great that Goodwill and other thrift stores are starting to price their goods and remodel their stores to be competitive, but on the other hand isn’t the point of thrift stores to help those can’t afford to purchase new items?