Kyle Rudge

Kyle Rudge

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.


(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 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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Monday, 12 September 2016 05:54

Last Week in Thrift - Sept 12, 2016

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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.”

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MCC photo/Matthew Lester

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 05:26

Last Week in Thrift - Sept 6, 2016

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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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Monday, 29 August 2016 05:46

Last Week in Thrift - Aug 29, 2016


This Last Week in Thrift an MCC volunteer not only celebrates her 90th birthday but also her near 50th anniversary of serving with MCC at that Thrift Shop. Also you'll find a community rallies around a Thrift Shop after a theft and how your support of MCC and a single toilet can make a world of difference in Haiti.

Aug 29, 2016 | Little Things - Couple Opens Up 25-Cent Michael Jackson Cassette To Discover It’s Worth Thousands

"The couple doesn’t really care about the money, having the artifact from the celebrity is what’s really special to them."

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Aug 28, 2016 | The Washington Times - Group raises money to replace funds stolen from thrift store

"The Bismarck-Mandan Homebuilders Association has come to the aid of a Bismarck thrift store that had donations stolen from a countertop container. Police say more than $300 in change and small bills was taken from the Seeds of Hope store on Aug. 19."

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Aug 26, 2016 | Spruce Grove Examiner - Strange find at thrift shop inspires new novel

"Her latest work follows the life of Natalie, whose world is shaken to the core when she is browsing a thrift shop and discovers an old photograph of a woman who looks like her. She wonders if this woman is related to her birth mother, who put her up for adoption as a baby."

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Aug 24, 2016 | Lethbridge Herald - There’s no age limit on caring

"Turning 90 years old is a huge milestone in itself. But for Elvira Dueck, Monday was not only a celebration of her life, but of her gift to the community as a volunteer for the Lethbridge MCC Thrift Store for the last half a century."

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Thrift Making a Difference

Aug 26, 2016 | MCC - Breaking down gender barriers one bathroom at a time

"Complete with three toilets, a shower, mirror, sink, hand towels and lovely artwork, she says it is perfect. 'I and the other girls in the program will take care of this space with pride.'"

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Fransesce Beauvil and Saint-il Viergela stand at the entrance to the women’s bathroom.
MCC photo/Katharine Oswald

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Monday, 22 August 2016 08:56

Last Week in Thrift - Aug 22, 2016


An MCC Thrift shop reopens with a unique Thrift shop take on a "ribbon" cutting and a great story about how your support of MCC Thrift makes a difference education for kids in South Sudan.

Aug 18, 2016 | PeaceArch News - Thrift store finds: from shabby to chic

"'For a lot of people it's about keeping it out of the landfill, but for the true vintage person it's the history where the piece came from,' she said. 'I like to use anything recycled – anything from a thrift store, anything I find on the side of a road. I've taken down parts of a barn and used barn wood to make signs. Anything I can paint on is great.'"

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Aug 17, 2016 | The Southwest Times - What goes around comes around

"And for that reason, as well as so many other reasons, that a visit to the thrift store can be the best shopping experience to be had, especially today on National Thrift Shop Day."

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Aug 13, 2016 | CTV - Increased demand prompts northeast thrift store to expand

"MCC Thrift Shop has been operating in Calgary for more than four decades. The store originally opened in a small location in Inglewood. Weins says purchases of the store’s second-hand goods help support great causes, both at home and abroad.

'The proceeds that come from our sales are going directly to developing countries,' said Weins. 'AIDS projects, education and water projects.'"

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July 26, 2016 | HockeyBuzz - Collecting on the Cheap: The Thrift Shop

"I'd call this lesson one, but you'll see me revisit this with examples so many times I’d have to label it “Lesson One ‘A’ through ‘Z’ “, and that's just annoying (amongst the millions of things that are annoying about my hack’ish missives, but I digress…). So I’ll settle for introducing this to you and driving it home to you over time: Thrift Shops."

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Thrift Making a Difference

Aug 15, 2016 | MCC - In photos: MCC’s South Sudan education work

"When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013, and has ebbed and flowed since. Education levels remain consistently low; only half of primary school teachers have more than a primary school education. The national literacy rate is only 27 per cent, and for women it’s only 16 per cent. A 15-year-old girl in South Sudan is more likely to die in childbirth than finish secondary school."

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MCC photo/Candacia Greeman

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Monday, 15 August 2016 12:18

Last Week in Thrift - Aug 15, 2016

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This week's Last Week in Thrift is all in preparation for NATIONAL THRIFT SHOP DAY. It's coming this Wednesday. Are you ready? If not we found a few stories that surround it and a great story out of Reedley California and how your support of Thrift is challenging the lives of youth there.

Aug 17, 2016 | National Day Calendar - National Thrift Shop Day

"Are you ready for a fun day of some great bargain shopping?  Then today is the day because each year on August 17th, National Thrift Shop Day is celebrated across the United States."

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Aug 15 2016 | WFTS Tampa Bay - Celebrating National Thrift Store Day this week

"Thrift stores are filled with a treasure trove for affordable clothing and household items, including many produced by upscale designers.

You definitely may want to browse thrift stores this week because Wednesday is National Thrift Store Day."

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Aug 15 2016 | NewsMiner - Thrift shops are good for new items and recycling old ones

"For the past year, I have been on a quest to lose weight and have been successful at it. The result has been an empty closet and also a need for a slew of different sizes as I have lost weight. "

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Thrift Making a Difference

July 31, 2016 | MCC - An opportunity to make things right

"But in Reedley, Jessica and her friend with the brownie had an opportunity to “make things right” by choosing to participate in a restorative justice process with members of the community instead of going the criminal justice route. "

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John Swenning, director of restorative justice for West Coast MCC, is committed to helping juvenile offenders mend broken relationships with the community and people they have hurt.

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Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:13

Working for a greater purpose

“I just love it.” These are words Mark Jantzen uses to describe his role at the MCC Calgary Thrift Shop, where he works as the Furniture Coordinator. This newly created position has been ideal for Mark, who had been looking to semi-retire from his banking job to find more meaningful work.

Every day is a bit different for Mark, who helps manage approximately 25 volunteers in the furniture department. They travel in the Thrift Shop van to do furniture pickups twice a week, with about five stops each time. Mark also helps maintain consistency in the pricing and advertising of the furniture.

The Calgary Thrift Shop is a great outreach for Mark and the other volunteers. They are able to connect with the local community and get to know the shoppers.

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Photo: Mark Jantzen working on furniture at the shop.

Mark has led a very interesting life. Formerly, he served as pastor at Dalhousie Community Church (Mennonite Brethren) in Calgary for 17 years. After that he made a career change and travelled to China to teach English for a year. Upon his return, he worked in banking. Mark has also been a board member for the Calgary Thrift Shop and therefore has a long connection with the shop.

The Calgary Thrift Shop underwent renovations this year and re-opened in August. This shop regularly donates over $650,000 to support the ministry of MCC.

What is his inspiration? “It’s the people,” Mark says. “The staff and volunteers, the people coming in each day to shop, are amazing. It’s working for a greater purpose, for God’s Kingdom.”

Story written by: Angela Bennett

Monday, 01 August 2016 08:35

Last Week in Thrift - Aug 1, 2016

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This Last Week in Thrift features a new comedy from HBO, starring SaraH Jessica Parker and Thrift Shops! Also updates on restricting Thrift Shops in Langley, BC and a lost urn found in a Thrift Shop across the US is brought home.

July 30, 2016 | 680 News - Sarah Jessica Parker goes thrift shop in new HBO comedy

 "She was inspired by the look of 1970s film, Parker said, and most of what her character wears is from vintage or thrift shops. Costume designer Arjun Bhasin, who has worked with filmmaker Ang Lee, is in charge of the wardrobe."

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July 29, 2016 | Courier Times - Three reasons you should be shopping at thrift stores

"Unashamedly, I frequent local thrift stores (at least) three times a month. And it’s a rare occasion when I walk out of the thrift store without a bag full of goodies.

You, the mall shopper, can buy a T-shirt for $30. I, a thrifty ninja, can step out of a thrift store with a trash bag full of “stuff” for under $30."

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July 26, 2016 | Langley Times - City council approves thrift store limitations

"The regulations will not affect the 18 existing thrift stores or the many donation bins already operating, but new thrift stores won’t be allowed within 400 metres of other second-hand shops and all new drop boxes will be banned."

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July 13, 2016 | CBC - Fredericton man finds rare bobblehead in Value Village

"What immediately stands out about the collectable is he is dressed in a Boston Bruins jersey, but the colours are that of the Montreal Canadians."

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Thrift Making a Difference

July 27, 2016 | MCC - The help and hope that ten goats can bring

"Asirmo’s family also received 10 goats. By the spring of 2016, one had given birth.

'Now our children have milk again,' he says. 'I hope to keep my animals in good shape. If they are in good shape, our household is in good shape.'"

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July 22, 2016 | Inside Edition - At Thrift Store, Woman Finds Lost Urn Belonging to Family Who Lives on Opposite Side of U.S.

"A woman was stunned to find an urn hidden in a dresser at a Florida thrift store, unraveling a mystery of a lost family keepsake that somehow wound up on the other side of America."

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Monday, 25 July 2016 09:00

Last Week in Thrift - July 25, 2016

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Good people shine once more as a cash-filled purse is found in a Thrift shop and given to police to find the rightful owners. Also one Thrift shop decides that the word 'thrift' needs to apply far more than to the products they sell. 

July 23, 2016 | Care2 - 7 Ways Shopping at Thrift Stores is Better than Buying New

 "Beyond their quirky-cool reputation, thrift stores positively impact communities and the planet in ways you might never have considered. That makes them a perfect match for shoppers who love simplicity, conservation, compassion and style."

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July 22, 2016 | Times Colonist - Cash-filled purse found at Nanaimo thrift store

"Police wouldn’t give an exact amount, but said it’s less than $1,000 and came with a piece of stationery that appeared to be used for tracking spending."

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July 22, 2016 | The Virginian Pilot - Norfolk thrift store installs enough solar panels to power at least 10 homes

"A second-hand retailer may seem an unlikely place for a high-tech project, but owner Rob Giroux says the renewable energy source makes sense for his business’ philosophy."

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July 21, 2016 | Las Vegas Review - Las Vegas business owner uses thrift store finds to craft Alice in Wonderland-themed parties

"Bennett hosts elaborate birthday parties for her two children. Last year, she had an “Alice In Wonderland”-themed party for her daughter Beau. While she was planning the party, Bennett had a hard time find the decorations she had envisioned in her mind."

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Thrift Making a Difference

July 18, 2016 | Q13 Fox - A family memento becomes a thrift shop mystery

"Kenny and Annette Sewell married on August 4, 1946. They celebrated their golden anniversary -- 50 years of marriage -- with a VHS tape filled with family photos of their lives and their love.

So imagine their family`s surprise when that keepsake turned up at a Yakima thrift store two weeks ago."

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July 18, 2016 | MCC - Goal! Soccer and peace in one Haitian community

"He fell in love with the sport when he was 12 and took the goalkeeper position, eventually playing at SAKALA when the program was established in 2006. He loves giving back to the kids on his teams and seeing the progress they make on and off the field."

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MCC photo/Ted Oswald
Soccer at SAKALA — goalie Emerson Pierre (center) positions himself to block an attempt by Justimé Anderson (left) while defender Bosquet Williams (right) tries to assist.

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Work with MCC Thrift

Thrift Shop Coordinator - Central States (US)

Thrift Shop Assistant Business Manager - Ontario (Canada)

Thrift Shop Assistant Retail Manager - Ontario (Canada)

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