Kyle Rudge

Kyle Rudge

Monday, 01 May 2017 11:19

Last Week in Thrift - May 1, 2017

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In this Last Week in Thrift the story of Maud Lewis continues with an incredible result and a ton of tips and tricks to get the most of your spring thrifting experience.

Bidding tops $125K for Maud Lewis painting found in thrift shop

April 25, 2017 | CBC

The painting was discovered in a donation bin at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) thrift store in New Hamburg in March. A volunteer at the store recognized the piece and had it appraised.

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The Thrift Store Hunt Can Yield Valuable Treasures, Like A Vintage Master's Golf Jacket Worth $139k

April 28, 2017 | Forbes

Thanks to rising concern for the environment, more shoppers are turning to thrift and consignment stores to purchase gently used items and reduce landfill waste. According to the Association of Resale Professionals (NARTS), approximately 16-18% of Americans shop in thrift stores annually and 12-15% buy from consignment and resale shops.

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15 things to look for in thrift stores

April 27, 2017 | The Tennessean

Not that I "need" anything, mind you. But there's something about the thrill of the hunt in these stores, something about the joy of finding a gem amidst the mess, and the kick of seeing what kind of crazy things people have donated to these stores.

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12 Secrets Thrift Store Shoppers Need to Know

May 1, 2017 | CheatSheet

Thrift stores have undergone a renaissance in recent years. While people with tight budgets and vintage lovers long have known thrift stores are the best place to score a deal, the rest of America seems to just be realizing the charms of the secondhand shop.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

First person: Andriy Chaus

March 28, 2017 - MCC

It was May 9, 2014. I was in the market and heard shooting. It was at the police building, about five or six kilometres away. Scary and terrible things were going on there, right in the middle of Mariupol. People were running in all directions. I had a panic attack for the first time in my life.

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Andriy Chaus shares his journey of being displaced and starting to live out his faith by helping others.

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Monday, 24 April 2017 09:52

Last Week in Thrift - April 24, 2017

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In this Last Week in Thrift we note the story of Maud Lewis, the painting that turned up on an MCC Thrift shop, and the auction that opened up for it this past weekend. We continue to follow the story of the mysterious green jacket, an old war medal is returned, and a couple of TV anchors go head-to-head armed with $25 and venture into thrift shops to see what they come out with.

Online auction of Maud Lewis painting found in thrift store opens

April 20, 2017 | CBC

The painting, called Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fisherman, Bay View, N.S., was spotted by volunteers combing through donations.

Rick Cober Bauman, the executive director of the Mennonite Central Committee, said they have learned a lot about the artist's world since the painting was found.

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Mystery Masters jacket bought at Toronto thrift shop for $5 sells for $139K US

April 10, 2017 | CBC

It's still unclear how the jacket ended up in a Toronto thrift store, a mystery that Carey said fuelled bids. Only one Canadian has ever won the PGA Masters tournament, Mike Weir, in 2003, and it's unclear if there are any others north of the border who belong to the exclusive club.

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Purple Heart found at thrift store returned to WWII vet's family

April 14, 2017 | King 5

"Amazement, absolute amazement," that's how ann describes getting a phone call saying her uncle's Purple Heart had been found.

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Fashion on a budget - taking the Thrift Store Challenge on Coast Live

April 17, 2017 | WTKR

April and Cheryl have put their look for the day in the hands of another, armed with just $25 and a challenge to go to local thrift stores and come back with a complete outfit ready to wear on the show.  That means everything our hosts wear (except shoes) has to come in under $25 combined.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

A fresh start

April 12, 2017 - MCC

From its beginning nearly 100 years ago, MCC has worked in the name of Christ to make a difference in the worst of times. We invite you to explore some examples of this work through time.

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Monday, 27 March 2017 10:26

Last Week in Thrift - March 27, 2017

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In this Last Week in Thrift we venture to the Canadian west coast to see how a style star does it in Thrift shops. Also a 75 year old man gets a fresh start running a thrift shop and we see once again how your purchase at MCC Thrift makes a difference in lives around the world.

Thrifted: Vancouver men's style star finds big business in thrift store threads

Mar 24, 2017 | Vancouver Sun

Knowles says his thrifting experience has also led to styling, branding and even travel opportunities for local and international brands looking to tap into men’s fashion followers on social media and Reddit.

“It’s been fun to make a job out of it,” he says of the transition.

So, with his personal social media brand and influence growing thanks to his thrifting hobby — it may soon be time to pick up a fancy suit or two at a full-priced store, right?

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75 Year Old Man Takes on Task of Running Local Thrift Shop

Mar 23, 2017 | WQAD

Rhodes took on the venture a year ago because he wanted something to do after retiring from Anchor Coupling in Dixon. Now, he spends every Monday through Saturday at the shop and helps out people with low incomes in the process.

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Green jacket bought in thrift store for $5 now selling for thousands

Mar 23, 2017 |

While a trip to your local thrift store could lead to the discovery of a unique clothing item to round out your wardrobe, rarely does it result in finding something of real value... like an official Augusta National Golf Club green jacket.

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Nonprofit thrifts must find balance

Mar 27, 2017 | Golden Isles News

To have a successful store, Davis said, they must also have a healthy influx of donations, since that constitutes its entire inventory.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

A fresh start

Mar 21, 2017 - MCC

An MCC partner in Mymensingh, Bangladesh called Pobitra is helping hundreds of women move out of sex work by offering a safe haven to learn job skills.

One woman, Chandi, whose real name isn’t being used to protect her identity, now owns a roadside confectionery shop with her husband where they sell tea, biscuits, cigarettes, and cold drinks.

“I can dignify my life. The customers are respecting me which is helping me to run the business. All these are possible because of Pobitra.”


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Monday, 06 March 2017 11:14

Last Week in Thrift - March 6, 2017

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In this Last Week in Thrift we join with Hello Giggles in calling all shopaholics to a new way to shop. Also 17 reasons to drop everything and buy thrift shop dishes and more DIY treasures from around the web.

Calling all shopaholics: 5 serious reasons to thrift more and shop less

Feb 28, 2017 | Hello Giggles

Ultimately, I decided to stop buying from any major retailer or fast-fashion company for at least the next three months. (And I also recognize my privilege in the fact that for many people, this isn’t a choice.) Instead, I would be relying on thrifted and second-hand items to quench any trend-thirst I might have.

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17 Reasons to Drop Everything and Buy Cheap Thrift Store Dishes

Mar 6, 2017 | HomeTalk

Turn a box of unwanted teacups into a lamp that will impress everyone.

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Thrift or antiques, resale is in

Mar 3, 2017 | Beatrice Daily Sun

What’s old is new again, and it can usually be had for a steal. And with an array of different themes and selection, you’re bound to find something you like.

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Awesome Thrift Store find!

Feb 28, 2017 | Bass Resource

Mint condition, buttery smooth, I honestly dont think it has even been spooled! Preserved just for me.

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DIY: Turn a thrift store find into something new

Mar 5, 2017 | 9News

Step One: Assess your needs.

Take me for example. My laundry room is in DESPERATE need of help. Especially my lonely sock collection. With two toddlers laundry quickly piles up, and matching socks do not stay in the same load. So I end up a plastic bag full unmatched, lonely socks. I’ll be the first to tell you that this is not a good solution. I need a better way to display these guys.

My need: a better way to display lonely socks.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

Girls access to education

Feb 28, 2017 - MCC

Girls face quite a few barriers to education in Bangladesh including, sexual harassment on their way to and from school. In recent times, the alarming number of suicides committed by young girls shook the nation. This brought the safety and security of girls attending school into question.


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Monday, 27 February 2017 04:14

Last Week in Thrift - Feb 27, 2017


In this Last Week in Thrift we discover a treasure trove of Apple Computer memos from their early days. Other stories include the rise in popularity of thrift in the fashion industry, avoiding buyer's remorse, and how your purchase at MCC Thrift shops is assisting 10,000 Iraqi families affected by ISIS.

Treasure Trove of Internal Apple Memos Discovered in Thrift Store

Feb 23, 2017 | Gizmodo

Despite the memorable name, it seems “scrubbing bubbles” didn’t make the cut.

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Popularity of thrift store shopping rises as economic, fashion trends cycle

Feb 27, 2017 | OurDaily

“When I find something I want to buy, I carry it around. If I look at it for a while and can’t imagine when I would wear it, then I put it back. That’s a good way to not spend too much every time you go,” Hatfield said.

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Avoid Buyer's Remorse at the Thrift Store With the "Department Store Test"

Feb 24, 2017 | LifeHacker

It’s easy to make exceptions when something only costs a couple bucks, but there’s no point in filling your home with clothes and knickknacks that won’t add any real value to your life.

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Thrift store worker finds a Long Beach man’s $8,000, tucked inside an old orange shirt

Feb 15, 2017 | Los Angeles Daily News

In the aftermath of Valentine’s Day, Hoffman may be the most romantic, nicest and luckiest man in Southern California. When you hear his story, you may feel like slamming your palm into your forehead. And then you might want to congratulate Bob for showing such heart.

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36 Things You Should Buy Second Hand

Feb 10, 2017 | WiseBread

Buying used baby furniture isn't always a good idea since safety regulations are often changing, but you could still buy any of these items and upcycle them into something chic and useful.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

MCC water project assists 10,000 Iraqi families affected by ISIS

Feb 24, 2017 | MCC

As a result of the low supply, some residents had to buy costly water from tank trucks. They also bought clean drinking water if they could; some could not.

MCC learned of the need and in January began a three-month project to make sure all 10,000 households in the area had access to enough water.

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A staff member from Afkar Society for Development and Relief, an MCC partner, assesses damage to the water treatment plant in Qayyara.
Photo courtesy of Afkar Society for Development and Relief

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Monday, 23 January 2017 04:19

Last Week in Thrift - Jan 23, 2016

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In this Last Week in Thrift we have not one but two stories that mention MCC Thrift shops. Also featured are a handful of DIY projects for your week and the top 9 stories of projects that your purchase at MCC Thrift shops support.

The art of the find: Thrift store shopping in Kelowna

Jan 22, 2017 | Kelowna Now

When we sat down for lunch at the end of our shopping excursion, Sarah confessed that she’d actually had a great time. Not only had we found her three new outfits, with many items that can be mixed and matched, we’d spent a grand total of only $54 dollars.

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Babara Leedom: Bargains galore at a thrift store

Jan 19, 2017 | Wicked Local Yarmouth

What finds! My Eileen Fisher coat. Moseying around the housewares part of the store, I found tops to Tupperware bowls and snatched them up. Why? Somewhere, somehow, I have a dozen, maybe more, Tupperware bowls without tops.

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Armstrong: American Apparel is dead; think thrift, as in thrift shop

Jan 19, 2017 | The Daily Iowan

Thrift stores are the new American Apparel, the new frontier of counterculture couture. They are ubiquitous, diverse, cheap, and often local. Wherever there are clothed humans, there are thrift stores filled with cast-off treasures emancipated from the hypocrisy of the high-fashion rack.

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From thrift-store find to showstopper in 6 hours: DIY pro shows us how

Jan 21, 2017 | Killeen Daily Herald

That unassuming, boxy little nightstand could be flipped on its side, with a drawer removed, and topped with pallet wood to make a modern coffee table. Take two office chairs, face them toward each other, saw off the arms and add a new seat: You have a stylish bench with high, curved arms.

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Transforming Thrift Store Finds: A DIY Bookcase Hutch

Jan 22, 2017 | Care2

Here’s an example of an easy DIY project created from a basic, ordinary bookshelf one can find at any yard sale or thrift store. With a little molding and some imagination, this bookshelf is transformed into a hanging kitchen hutch, looking at life from an entirely different angle—literally.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

The top 9 stories of 2016

Jan 19, 2016 | MCC

We know you probably don't have time to read every story that's come your way over the last year. That's why we put together this round up of the 9 best stories of 2016. Stories of how your support has made a difference at home and around the world. Now sit back and relax with these stories of your gifts at work.

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Monday, 09 January 2017 09:03

Last Week in Thrift - Jan 9, 2016

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In this Last Week in Thrift we are privvy to a discovery of what feels like a Christmas miracle to one Thrift shopper. Also we discovered of best Thrift finds in 2016 and a new vision for one Florida Thrift Shop. 

Christmas find: Thrift store nativity was a bit familiar to this man

Dec 25, 2016 | The Daily Courier

Seeing those figurines, still clothed in the carefully glued fabric triggered some powerful Christmas images for Shepard. “Just the same way that a certain smell can take you back to your mother’s kitchen, the view of that took me instantly back to a Christmas when I was 10 years old,” he said.

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Thrift Store Score! War Stories

Jan 3, 2017 | Alaska Commons

The copy I found appears to be in pristine condition, which is perfect for a collector like me. This will go along side my DVD copy of the movie (one of my favorites).

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Clothing resale shops go boutique and cast off thrift-store roots

Dec 30, 2016 | Orlando Sentinel

Store owners say customers don't have time to sort through thousands of pieces at thrift shops and are instead seeking carefully curated collections of older, designer brands. Styles vary wildly too, from loud 1990s fashions to classy '50s dresses.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

Joining together for a better future

Dec 29, 2016 | MCC

Between her hands, the 13-year-old can flatten a palmsize ball of corn dough into a tortilla with a staccato clap, clap, clap — a rhythmic deftness honed by years of shaping perfectly round tortillas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

But last year, when Josefa tried to multiply fractions and complete other sixth-grade math problems, she failed. Her first quarter grade was 20 percent.

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ANADESA’s tutoring means one-on-one attention for students such as Adán Isaias de León, shown with teacher Concepción Esquina Damián in Panabaj, Guatemala.

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Monday, 12 December 2016 02:34

Last Week in Thrift - Dec 12, 2016


In this week's Last Week in Thrift, we discover a scientifically great reason why you should talk to strangers at your local Thrift shop and follow-up with a heart-warming story for one struggling sports fan.

Why You Should Pay Attention to Other Shoppers at Thrift Stores

Dec 6, 2016 | LifeHacker

"Talking with strangers is good for you, and you’re basically surrounded by conversation starters and ice breakers. You don’t get that kind of interaction and curiosity in a big box store. Furthermore, other thrifters can be your ticket to finding other great thrift stores you’re unfamiliar with."

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Mom's touching thrift store gift deepens Alabama fan's perspective on giving this holiday season

Dec 7, 2016 |

"It hit me hard because it reminded me of when I was a kid and we didn't have a lot of money so we went to thrift stores to buy clothes," Davis said. "It reminded me of what humble my beginnings were before I was able to afford expensive things. When I saw the jacket I thought it was a new Alabama jacket until the note fell out of the inside of it."

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Accident leaves hole on side of thrift store

Dec 6, 2016 | Your News Now

A van leaves a hole on the side of a thrift store after the driver accidentally steps on the wrong pedal.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

MCC partners assist survivors of flooding in North Korea

Dec 12, 2016 | MCC

“Everything turned into a sea for three days,” Shin recalled.

Shin and Kim lost all their personal keepsakes and household belongings, including kimchi pots used to store the staple winter food. In their county alone, 81 are dead or missing and of a population of approximately 40,000 people, 27,308 are homeless.

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Bong-Suk Shin, 65, from Yonsa County, looks through what remains of her home for anything she can salvage. She and her grandson lost all their personal belongings when flooding and landslides ravaged the region. 

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Monday, 05 December 2016 04:54

Last Week in Thrift - Dec 5, 2016

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Who knew one of the world's biggest fashionista's got her start in thrift? Are we really that surprised? That and how to get designer clothes on the cheap, some dos and don'ts as it pertains to thrift, and a great story showing what your purchase at an MCC Thrift Shop contributes to in Syria.

Sarah Jessica Parker relied on thrift stores

Nov 30, 2016 | The Hamilton Spectator

The 51-year-old actress - who has son James Wilkie, 14, and daughters Loretta and Tabitha, seven, with husband Matthew Broderick - always sought fashion inspiration from the people she saw in the street, but because money was tight, she visited second hand shops to pick up new items cheaply.

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Thrift Me Up: How to Get Designer Clothes on the Cheap at Secondhand Stores

Nov 29, 2016 | Inside Edition

“One of the things I’ve done for years — take some of your magazines, tear out some of the things you think you like,” she said. “We're literally talking about the No. 1 trend here. From Kendall Jenner to Jessica Chastain, every 'it' girl is wearing velvet.”

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Learn to Wreck the Racks at Local Thrift Stores


I've never been one to spend a lot of money on things I know I'll eventually lose. That's why, when I had to dress nicely for press conferences and presentations in college, I truly dove into the world of secondhand shopping.

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Thrift Store dos and don'ts

Nov 28, 2016 | Canstar Community News

I visited the store recently. It is well-lit and wonderfully organized. Ornaments, stockings, knick-knacks, cookie tins, dishes, wreaths, greenery, lights — all with the Christmas theme — are in plentiful supply.

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Thrift Stores offer way to shop local, save money

Nov 24, 2016 | East Valley Tribune

Thrift stores offer more to consumers than just shopping locally. They offer clothing and various items at discounted prices, along with an easy way of getting rid of that “clutter closet.”

Thrift stores rely heavily on donations for sustainability. Some only take clothing, while others will take food, clothing and other items.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

MCC, Syrian partners celebrate 25 years of service

Nov 25, 2016 | MCC

MCC's long involvement in Syria, a country at peace until six years ago, has led MCC into its single biggest crisis response in its near 100-year history. Since the war began, MCC has provided more than $41 million in humanitarian relief to those most in need in Syria, Iraq and their neighbouring countries of Lebanon and Jordan.

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MCC staff gave a quilt commemorating 25 years of working with the Syriac Orthodox Church to Archbishop Matta Al Khoury, left, and His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Ephrem II, patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, during an anniversary celebration held Nov. 12. MCC staff, from left, are Doug Enns, MCC Lebanon and Syria representative; Amela Puljek-Shank, MCC area director for Europe and the Middle East; and Naomi Enns, MCC Lebanon and Syria representative.

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Monday, 21 November 2016 04:48

Last Week in Thrift - Nov 21, 2016

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You wouldn't expect that thrifting in Las Vegas was a thing, but it's quite the big thing there. Also in this week's Last Week in Thrift we find more voices to add to the environmental footprint conversation as it pertains to thrift and one Thrift Shop opts to send in the clowns. Happy Thrifting everyone.

Gems can be found at thrift stores in Las Vegas

Nov 19, 2016 | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Although Las Vegas is one of the world’s premier shopping destinations, sometimes you might be looking for a more unique cache of options than you’ll find on the Strip.

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Thrift shopping saves money, the environment

Nov 14, 2016 | The Volante

With worldwide efforts to lessen countries’ carbon footprints, all efforts begin at the individual level. Acting as a place for humanity’s hand-me-downs, thrift stores are eco-friendly in lessening potential waste going to landfills.

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Thrift Shop: Send in the Clowns

Nov 17, 2016 | The Ridgefield Press

Circus clowns have found their way to the Thrift Shop. These friendly-looking clowns come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials with colorful costumes, wigs and footwear. Cheer up someone’s day and send in the clowns.

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Thrift Making a Difference

Your purchase is a gift to the world. Here's how shopping at MCC Thrift Shops makes a difference through programs offered by MCC.

Reaching both mother and child

Nov 18, 2016 | MCC

MCC provides support for primary health-promotion projects focused on preventative health strategies, including maternal and child health, nutrition, clean water and sanitation, HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment and response to gender-based violence.

In addition to MCC’s work in Zimbabwe at Isaiah’s Baby Home, MCC funds programs in Uganda to help people living with HIV and AIDS get supplemental feeding and acquire new job skills, which in turn helps restore dignity and hope.

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At Mtshabezi Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe, MCC is helping mothers get the medical care they need and avoid passing HIV on to their newborn babies. Sipho Ncube began receiving care for HIV at the hospital before her 3-year-old daughter Privilege was born. Ncube, holding baby Quincy, is pictured with daughter Princess

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