Kyle Rudge

Kyle Rudge

Monday, 17 October 2016 10:44

Last Week in Thrift - Oct 17, 2016

ghs redesign

Who better to employ to redesign a thrift shop but those filled with the creativity of youth? In this Last Week in Thrift we visit a thrift shop where a host of high school students are in charge of the redesign while Halloween and DIY costumes are prominent around the net. 

GHS students redesign thrift shop

Oct 11, 2016 | The Register-Mail

Wallace’s class split up into five groups that redesigned different parts of the thrift shop, such as the restrooms, the front display and the manager’s office.

They interviewed Manager Tiffany Anderson about her vision for the store, created floor plans and made the changes.

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Halloween costumes can still be fun even on a tight budget

Oct 12, 2016 | Fox21News

Instead of dropping a lot of money on a costume people have already seen, thrift stores say doing it yourself is not just the most affordable option but it’s also the most memorable.

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Thrifting your Halloween costume can help local charities

Oct 13, 2016 | KWQC

“We have decorations, we have pottery, we have all kinds of things here,” Brase said. “You name it, we got it.”

Brase said the holiday season is also an important time for generating new customers.

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The Guaranteed Thrift-Store Win You Need To Start Looking For

Oct 16, 2016 | Refinery 29

Thrift stores can be intimidating, if you're not the kind of person whose idea of a Happy Place involves routinely coming across used Kleenex. But, there's a lot of treasure in thrift stores, and knowing that is enough to give devoted shoppers the patience to weed through hundreds of duds for that one special thing. But, what if we told you that there's actually a loophole

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This Chapel Hill woman decorated her whole house with thrift store finds

Oct 7, 2016 | The News & Observer

Mangum’s frequent visits to the store near her Chapel Hill home yielded a treasure trove of what she considers to be priceless finds at a fraction of their retail cost. She bought rolls of wallpaper for 25 cents to one dollar. She updated her fireplace hearth with Carrera marble tile she found for $1 a piece, and decorated her mantel with a box of hand-painted Spanish tiles that set her back five dollars. She redid her floor using a case of bamboo flooring she bought for $12. Several years and several thousands of dollars later, her entire home has been completely renovated and decorated with local thrift store finds.

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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.

For A Cure Thrift Store sponsors free mammograms for those in need

Oct 11, 2016 | Fort Bend Herald

“We are looking for participants who may be uninsured or under-insured to help get preventive screenings,” said store representative Nakia West.

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I was a little scared too: Three families after Hurricane Matthew

Oct 12, 2016 | MCC

Fledana described the healthy gardens before the storm, full of corn and sorghum, kongo beans and red beans. Now they look trampled, and without fencing for protection wandering goats eat away at what little is left. She holds the MCC blanket we have brought for her her tight to her chest as we talk.

fledana mezi hurricane matthew relief

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Monday, 10 October 2016 10:17

Last Week in Thrift - Oct 10, 2016


Have the Presidential Debates caused some undue stress? Not to worry apparently there's a solution inside a Thrift Shop. More feline stories and some incredible Thrift shopping tips from across North America highlight the latest Last Week in Thrift.

Thrift shop cat tosses bow tie into presidential ring

Oct 6, 2016 | Berks & Beyond

Nixie might have to claw his way to the top, given the tenor of the current campaign, but his campaign manager thinks he's purr-fect for the job.

Neither Democrat, Republican nor Libertarian, Nixie's an Animalitarian.

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Stowaway cat lands in Cumming thrift store

Oct 6, 2016 | Atlanta News

At first the store’s employees were unaware of the cat’s arrival. The store received a call about five weeks ago from a donor that said their cat might have hitch-hiked in on a couch they donated. But no cat was evident. And, unfortunately, the store employees didn’t take down any information from the caller.

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Frugal shopping: 7 thrift shops tips

Oct 8, 2016 | CBC

Have you ever gone in, and you're just picking and picking, and you end up with more than you need? When I go in to a thrift store, I have what I need for each of my children or whatever I'm looking for, and I'll concentrate on those things to not get overwhelmed and go, 'Wow, I got a deal! I got a deal!'

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The art of thrift shopping

Oct 7, 2016 | The DA

The concept of thrifting can seem undesirable to those not familiar with their local thrift store--digging through piles of reject secondhand clothing-- but view thrifting as as an adventure, the search for that piece you didn’t know you needed, and keep a few tips in mind to make your thrift store experience a quest, not a chore.

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Smart thrift shopping

Oct 5, 2016 | New Straits Times Online

At a time when more of us are subscribing to spending less, thrifting or shopping for second-hand clothes and accessories at bundle shops, thrift stores, consignment shops, flea markets or online stores, is growing in popularity.

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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 responding to Hurricane Matthew devastation in Haiti

Oct 7, 2016 | MCC

The visit was just the beginning of MCC’s response to the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. Many emergency supplies were already in place, enabling MCC to respond quickly with its partner organizations.

Sitting right at sea level, this vulnerable neighborhood, where most people were already struggling to get by each day, suffered the effects of high winds, rain and a storm surge.

haiti women who lost houses

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Monday, 03 October 2016 11:56

Last Week in Thrift - Oct 3, 2016


Combining elements of mechanics and Victorian style, in Last Week in Thrift we discover just how Thrift really empowers the art and costuming of steampunk. 

Steampunk style goes Western with bolo tie and 'natty' necktie creations

Sept 27, 2016 | The Athens Messenger

A big hallmark of Steampunk creativity is thrift, reuse, and recycling. So many who enjoy the movement go to thrift stores for their wares. “The hardest thing about making Steampunk objects is not going overboard,” said Shawn Myers of Ashtabula, a Hocking College student as is his wife, Patience.

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Thrift Store Shopping 101

Sept 28, 2016 | Scene on Seven

Today blogger and make-up artist Tish Jordan from the Lash Room in Simpsonville is showing us which thrift stores to visit for different fashion items on your must-have list.

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What Wartime Thrift Can Teach Us About Fashion Sustainability

Sept 28, 2016 | Huffpost Style UK

Back in the 1940s, there was a real sense of competition about making things out of what you had and that pride in saying, “I have made this myself and I know I look great.” If you can make something on a shoe string using intelligence and a bit of elbow grease then there’s a real sense of achievement in that. If we lose that then I think you lose something as a human being and it has been lost by many in this throw-away society we live in.

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Cheap Halloween Costumes Ideas: Stores And Websites To Buy A Costume For $20 Or Less

Sept 30, 2016 | International Business Times

It’s all about borrowing from the past. Or buying it for a fraction of the price. A good thrift store will never let you down for a costume, especially if you’re aiming to dress as a decades character (a hippie from the ‘60s, or a '50s bobbysoxer).

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These Are The Types Of Clothing You Should NEVER Donate

Sept 27, 2016 | The Huffington Post

The average U.S. consumer will throw out 81 pounds of their clothes this year, according to a recent survey by the resale company Savers, and 95 percent of all that waste should instead by reused or recycled. Donating our clothes seems like an obvious solution to this problem, right?

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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.

How digging half moons helps farmers in Burkina Faso

Sept 30, 2016 | MCC

In Burkina Faso, rainfall is erratic, and without techniques like these, rain from a downpour would roll off the parched soil, leaving little nourishment for crops.

But where half moons are dug, the water is held in place, giving it a chance to seep into the soil, where it will better nourish crops.


MCC photo/James Souder

The wind increases and stirs up a cloud of dust right before a large rainstorm in Yé, Burkina Faso. In a field where he has dug half moons to capture rainwater, farmer Etienne Tiendrébeogo walks with David Kaboré, left, a field agent for MCC agriculture partner Office of Development of Evangelical Churches (Office de Développement des Églises Evangélique or ODE), and MCC staff member Kinani Sourabie.

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Monday, 26 September 2016 10:54

Last Week in Thrift - Sept 26, 2016


In Last Week in Thrift we found an article from The Kansas City Star that highlights the value of old t-shirts even if they cannot be resold. Also an MCC Thrift Shop marks 30 years in their community and is honoured by their local paper and a couple of stories of Thrift store finds that are always exciting.

Give your old clothes to charity, and help save the planet

Sept 24, 2016 | The Kansas City Star

Most Americans don’t realize that all but 5 percent of textiles can be recycled this way. You may think no one wants your smelly old shoes or ketchup-stained shirt, but they do.

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MCC Thrift Shop marks 30 years on Pacific Ave

Sept 24, 2016 | The Brandon Sun

Shelly Burrows tells of a man who came off the street to the MCC Thrift Shop in Brandon one day desperate to replace his battered footwear. She could tell there were holes in his shoes. The weather outside was cold and his feet needed washing.

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Thrift Score Thursday 130

Sept 22, 2016 | The Gathered Home

I found the Fitz & Floyd “Temple Dragon” planter + carved wooden stand + pretty darn realistic silk orchid plant at the thrift store for under $10 this past weekend, and the woven mat everything is sitting on was found at the same thrift store, a few weeks back, for pennies!

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Thrift-store maven

Sept 22, 2016 | Singapore Times

Illustrator Tiffany Tan buys recycled and second-hand items because they are environmentally friendly.

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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.

Saying goodbye to war and hello to peace in Colombia

Sept 15, 2016 | MCC

Ahmed has continued to use her mother’s example as she leads Home Makers, an organization she began in 1995. It has grown to 26 different groups of women located in 12 states in Nigeria and also in Niger and Cameroon with an average of 71 women per group.


(MCC photo/Brenda Burkholder)

A discarded water bag can be turned into wallets, purses or simple carry bags with some ingenuity shared by Margaret Ahmed, director of Home Makers, an MCC partner in Nigeria.

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Monday, 19 September 2016 11:41

Last Week in Thrift - Sept 19, 2016


What better way to kick off Last Week in Thrift than with 7 big thrift shop fails and how to avoid them moving forward? Other stories include a theatrical play with the premise of finding a masterpiece at their local thrift shop, a couple of stories for high school and university students and thrift, a kidney survivor finds meaning in serving at his local thrift shop, and how your donations to MCC Thrift are helping to bring peace in Columbia.

My 7 Biggest Thrift Store Fails and the Vintage-Shopping Advice I'm Following from Now on

Sept 15, 2016 | Yahoo! Style

My younger sister is really good at thrift shopping. Whenever she’s wearing something cute and effortless, I always ask her where she got it (because I shamelessly steal her style all the time). Half of the time, her answer is something akin to, “Oh, this old thing? I got it thrift shopping!”

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When a thrift store painting gets ‘discovered’ as a masterpiece

Sept 14, 2016 | The Post and the Courier

She, too, is convinced she’s stumbled her away upon a Pollock original, and raises such a fuss about it that art expert Lionel Percy decides to fly from New York City to Bakersfield, California, to investigate the mysterious painting.

Along their hilariously heartwarming journey for the truth, and the cash, both Percy and Maude debate the meaning of art.

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Your Guide to Seattle's Best Thrift and Vintage Stores

Sept 18, 2016 | The Stranger

Welcome to college: the socially preapproved time to define yourself! Lucky for you, you've landed in Seattle where you can execute your identity construction in one of the city's many thrift emporiums and well-stocked vintage shops.

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Students should reject fast fashion, thrift instead

Sept 15, 2016 | The Daily Texan

New York fashion week started on Sept. 7, but chances are knockoff versions will hit shopping malls before the event even ends. This “fast fashion” depends on cheap labor and harsh chemicals, and its clothes have to be constantly replaced. Local thrift stores offer similar prices for more responsible and longer lasting materials. Austin’s spirit of individualism and “weirdness” creates the perfect environment for exploring personal style while still staying on budget.

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Kidney Disease Survivor Gives Back Through Thrift Shop

Sept 14, 2016 | Cape Code Chronicle

A walk around the small shop revealed a place jam-packed with fun stuff: an old sewing machine, nearly new designer baby clothes, furniture, Barbie dolls still in boxes, VHS tapes of highbrow movies (“usually I have Disney,” Werbick quips), books (“they sell fast – we’re in a beach area”), boots, sports collectables, clocks, motorcycle helmets, furniture, frames, dishes, brand new inflatable rafts, and more. A stunning set of tiger sculptures stood guard.

“I’ve seen them on eBay for hundreds of dollars,” he said. The place has a nice neutral clean smell; all clothing is washed.

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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.

Saying goodbye to war and hello to peace in Colombia

Sept 15, 2016 | MCC

After nearly four years of negotiations, the permanent ceasefire agreement effectively ended the longest-running armed conflict in the Western hemisphere. Fighting between diverse armed groups has killed some 260,000 people and displaced close to 7 million since 1958.

Rincón spends her youthful energy working with MCC partner Justapaz, the Mennonite center for justice and peace in Bogotá, and believes the moment was “the fruit of the work of Colombians who, over the years, have prayed for and advocated for termination of the armed confrontation.

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Pastors Marta Gomez (left) of Pereira, Colombia, and Patricia Rosero (right) of Santa Marta, Colombia, discuss their experiences of reconciliation with Angélica Rincón. MCC photo/Anna Vogt

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Monday, 12 September 2016 10:54

Last Week in Thrift - Sept 12, 2016

thrift store art

In this Last Week in Thrift we on a journey through the art found in Thrift. One shop decided to take the good and the odd together and turn it into an exhibit. Also we learn what happens to all the unclaimed luggage in the world, a great Thrift shop find of possible olympic proportions, how one Thrift shop kept the spirit of generosity and kindness up by returning money found amidst a donation, and how another Thrift shop saw quite the gift come their way.

Folk art or joke art? Tucson show to celebrate thrift-store paintings

Sept 8, 2016 | Arizona Daily Star

This is not just any kind of art; it’s thrift-store art, discovered at second-hand stores around the country. Paintings range from the creepy to the fantastic to the downright awful.

“It really is the most fun you can have looking at art,” Bloom says. “It’s not a serious gallery show in any way shape or form.”

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All Your Lost Luggage Goes to One of the World's Largest Thrift Stores

Sept 9, 2016 | Country Living

Insurance salesman Doyle Owens founded the Unclaimed Baggage Center in 1970 with $300 and the genius idea to buy abandoned suitcases from a local bus station. He sold the contents of his first bulk purchase on card tables in a rented house. The business was a hit and quickly expanded to buying from both commercial and cargo airlines, which explains the loads of Norma Kamali dresses with tags still on that I encountered during my visit to the 40,000-square-foot retail space. Today, UBC has an exclusive contract with the airlines and stocks nearly 2 million pounds of goods a year-including electronics, athletic gear, books, and wedding dresses.

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Student thrift shopper finds rare Nike prototype believed to have been worn by Olympic runner

Sept 9, 2016 | Mail Tribune

After spending months researching the origins of his silver and black Nike bodysuit, for which he paid $7.99 at the Ashland Goodwill, Mills believes it to be a prototype example of Nike's "Swift Suit" compression suit meant to shave milliseconds off Olympic runners' times by reducing wind resistance.

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Duncan thrift store reunites owner with $1,000

Sept 9, 2016 | Cowichan Valley Citizen

“There are over 140 things to see and do at the event including the opportunity for visitors to make, learn and go away with something new to pass on; skills, knowledge, stories, thrifty purchases or even new friends! As ever, artists of all kinds are at heart of things, helping us see ourselves and our resources in a new way.”

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They gave $300,000 to a thrift store

Sept 8, 2016 | The Island Packet

“It was quite a surprise,” said board president Sandi Clark.

Treasurer Penny Wallhaus did not immediately know when the Catlins set up the trust fund. But the surprise gift came unrestricted. A similar bequest from the Catlins went to a trust at Spring Island, where they lived for a number of years. That trust is designed to ensure “the preservation and protection of Spring Island’s environment, culture and history.”

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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.

Celebrating international literacy day!

Sept 8, 2016 | MCC

Laila Afzai is a tailoring instructor at Le Pelican, an MCC-supported school in Kabul, Afghanistan. But before she was instructor she was a literacy student. “I didn’t know spelling, I need writing because I am a tailor. When I measure people I need to write the measurements,” she says. Afzai started school when she was a child, but stopped going in third grade when war broke out. Now she takes math, Dari and English classes at Le Pelican and loves coming to the school, “The class is very interesting. When we are learning we don’t want to go home.”

laila afzai in afghanistan

MCC photo/Matthew Lester

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 10:26

Last Week in Thrift - Sept 6, 2016

festival of thrift

In this Last Week in Thrift we learn that if you have a truly keen eye for diamonds in the rough you can turn a $3 camera bag into $42,000. Also we catch up with what there is going to do at the Festival of Thrft in the UK, highlight that theft is a real consideration for Thrift shops, and a story about a mystery shopper blessing those in need right inside a Thrift shop.

How One Photographer Turned a Thrift Store Camera Bag into $42,000

Aug 29, 2016 | PetaPixel

"He turned round to me and said ‘there must be something of mine you want, I have to have that bag!" Swannell recounts. It was at that time that an idea popped into Swannell’s head, and he finally made Helmut a counteroffer.

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Thieves target thrift shop collecting clothes for those in need

Sept 2, 2016 | KIRO 7

"Unfortunately, there are some bad apples like everywhere else," Thrift It! owner Karl Henry said. "But we're really committed to our community, and getting people clothes at a really good price at our thrift store."

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Waste 'donations' costing thrift store valuable time and money

Sept 2, 2016 | The News

The lot is often full of broken and unsellable items, which volunteers have to sort through and then take the junk to the dump, said Goedbloed.

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Festival of Thrift: 15 things you can do at Kirkleatham Museum event

Aug 30, 2016 | Gazette Live

“There are over 140 things to see and do at the event including the opportunity for visitors to make, learn and go away with something new to pass on; skills, knowledge, stories, thrifty purchases or even new friends! As ever, artists of all kinds are at heart of things, helping us see ourselves and our resources in a new way.”

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Thrift Making a Difference

Ionia thrift shop blessed with mysterious shopper

Sept 1, 2016 | Ionia Standard Sentinel

"One night, it was Memorial weekend, an ordinary man came in here and there were four of us working and a young lady come in and she had a little baby with her. She was really crying and she needed some help. This man came in and gave us all $100 each," Vice President Ellen Trumble said.

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Honouring Alan Kurdi: Refugee sponsorship surges

Sept 1, 2016 | MCC

I remember thinking during that week, and talking to others, and we were all saying, “What is it about this event, this particular photo that resonates so much with people?” At the beginning of 2015 the Immigration Minister in Canada made the commitment to bring in 10,000 Syrians and we at MCC in Canada, but also a lot of other sponsoring groups across Canada, began to hear from people. People said, this is important, let’s do something about this.

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