Kyle Rudge

Kyle Rudge

Monday, 14 November 2016 04:51

Last Week in Thrift - Nov 14, 2016

Mark Monlux Tiki Painting

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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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 09:32

Last Week in Thrift - Nov 7, 2016

baker lake thrift store

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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Monday, 17 October 2016 05:44

Last Week in Thrift - Oct 17, 2016

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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.

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Monday, 10 October 2016 05:17

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.

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Monday, 03 October 2016 06:56

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.


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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 05:54

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.


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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 06:41

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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