Thrift Stores Opening Across U.S. to Help Struggling Individuals


    Thrift shops have been helping struggling families for years. In 2015, charity proceeds from the sale of donated goods to thrift shops exceeded $2.5 million. As more and more thrift shops begin expanding across the country, those charity proceeds should continue to increase.

    According to Star News Online, nonprofit thrift stores are sprouting up because of how successful these charitable organizations have been over the years. Just in the Wilmington area, 30 nonprofit thrift stores have began operations since 2014.

    “It was the best decision we’ve made, it’s been booming and our philanthropic programs we support are thriving because we’re doing so well,” said charity volunteer Joanne Cavan.

    Lauren Daley, director of one of Wilmington’s more popular nonprofits, helps oversee thrift stores that deal with domestic violence issues.

    “It’s a great way to raise money and raise awareness and a great way for people to get involved and volunteer,” added Daley. “We have people who’ve been volunteering since day one.”

    In Wabasso, Florida, a single thrift store has opened to focus both on assisting individuals in struggling communities and encouraging donation by implementing a “Pay What You Can” method with no set pricing on the store’s items.

    “We have opened the shop to help people and families in need,” said Ryan Martin, who, along with his wife Jackie, created the One Way Grace Thrift Store and More. “We do this by being a pay what you can thrift store and by giving back.”

    The Sebastian Daily reports that the Martin’s thrift store provides household items, glassware, collectibles, furniture, and all kinds of clothing to anyone who is struggling and in need of these items.

    The National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops (NARTS) credits the increased popularity and demand in thrift store shopping to the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement, an increased popularity in retro and vintage home décor and clothing, and an overall increase in Americans’ desire to give back and support struggling community members.