Kyle Rudge

Kyle Rudge

Monday, 27 March 2017 15:26

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 17:14

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 10:14

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 10:19

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 15:03

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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MCC Photo/Matthew Lester

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 08:34

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 10:54

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 photo/Doreen Martens

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 10:48

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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MCC Photo/Richard Ndlovu

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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Monday, 14 November 2016 10:51

Last Week in Thrift - Nov 14, 2016

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It's so creative to see what folks do with Thrift Shop art and students in Tacoma show us how it's done in this week's Last Week in Thrift.

CLAW gets creative on thrift store paintings at Tacoma Community College

Nov 8, 2016 | The News Tribune

It’s not just the fun contrast of vivid saturated acrylics on bland oils, or the cartoon plot. With “Thrift Store Art,” Tacoma’s CLAW members highlight the blandness of bad art and the imagination that can transform it.

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See Chewbacca, Mario, Michael Myers and more painted into Thrift store art

Nov 7, 2016 | Nerdist

As the old saying goes, “I may not know art, but I know what I like. Chewbacca, for instance.” I may be embellishing part of that, but it rings true for the vast majority of us nevertheless. This is evidenced by the growing popularity of Dave Pollot, a software engineer by trade and painter by passion who transposes characters from our favorite geek-friendly movies, television shows, and video games into the tranquil settings of thrift store paintings.

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Ivanka Trump as a mini-fashionista in photos discovered in a Palm Beach thrift shop

Nov 9, 2016 | DailyMail

The Trump memorabilia, including roughly 1,000 photographs of Trump, his family and friends, and apparently discarded by his first wife Ivana, was acquired by a collector about two years ago and laid fallow until being resurrected by

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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.

Haiti in hope of recovery

Nov 4, 2016 | MCC

Hurricane Matthew not only affected the well-being of Haitian homes and infrastructure, but new cases of cholera have already increased as flooding allows the disease to spread faster. The cholera campaign is now more important than ever. Cholera will not leave Haiti any time soon, and renewed attention to the issues of water and sanitation must continue to be a priority for the United Nations’ member states as they work to support the government of Haiti.

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MCC Photo/Ted Oswald

Cholera victims and families demand justice in Port-au-Prince during a peaceful protest at the UN log base.

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Monday, 07 November 2016 15:32

Last Week in Thrift - Nov 7, 2016

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While we recognize that Thrift makes a difference in the lives of those internationally, it also makes a huge impact on those locally. Baker Lake demonstrates the heart of making that sort of difference and ties it to Thrift beautifully. That story and a story of a goldfish being saved from fire, a new location for an MCC Thrift Shop, and a good ol' fashion barn-raising but.. with a Thrifty difference. 

Baker Lake dreams of thrift store staffed by people with disabilities

Nov 1, 2016 | CBC

"That whole process of helping someone else save money or getting an important item, it's a perfect combination," said Kownak, who also serves as an adviser for a pre-employment training program for people with disabilities in Baker Lake.

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'Even the goldfish': Salvation Army Thrift Store evacuated after fire

Nov 6, 2016 | CBC

There were no injuries, Bruens said. Firefighters went so far as to take a fish bowl from one of the offices.

"Everybody got out safely," Bruens said. "Even the goldfish."

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New location for New to You Thrift Shop

Nov 2, 2016 | Erie Media

“We do give locally,” Manwaring said. “We also give to the MCC. Our store and our sister store in Port Colborne, The Port Colborne Thrift Shop, over the past 42 years, we’ve given over $1 million to the MCC.”

Locally both stores have helped recently with Syrian refugee families, the local food drives, Rose City Kids and more.

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Solar barn raising happening at the Harrisonburg Gift and Thrift this Satuday

Nov 4, 2016 | WHSV3

These solar panels will save the store over $14,000 annually in energy costs - money that will go towards the global relief and development work of the Mennonite Central Committee that the store benefits.

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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.

Go Purple

Nov 1, 2016 | MCC

Why Purple? Purple is the color of bruises.

It also symbolizes the courage, survival, honor and dedication it takes to end domestic violence

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