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.
"The couple doesn’t really care about the money, having the artifact from the celebrity is what’s really special to them."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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.'"
Fransesce Beauvil and Saint-il Viergela stand at the entrance to the women’s bathroom.
MCC photo/Katharine Oswald
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.
"'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.'"
"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."
"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.'"
"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."
"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."
MCC photo/Candacia Greeman
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.
"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."
"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."
"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. "
"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. "
MCC photo/Silas Crews - 2012
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.
“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.
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
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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.'"
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
The Thrift Festival in the UK is getting geared up and ready to go! We're excited. Also in Last Week in Thrift we find a story that highlights one of the biggest problems every thrift store faces and a great recommendation for anyone trying to remove a bit of clutter in their life.
"An enthusiastic marketing undergraduate who helps to run a family farm alongside her studies is working to spread the word about the Festival of Thrift. Jo Martin, a final year student at Teesside University, has joined the team behind the award-winning event that is being held in and around the grounds of Kirkleatham Museum and Village near Redcar on September 17 and 18."
"After returning from the extended holiday weekend Tuesday, volunteers found more unsellable items, including a flat-screen TV that didn’t work and a dirty couch. The discovery meant several more trips to the landfill."
"I have a large plastic bag that sits on the kitchen floor. In it, I place items that are meant for the thrift shop. When it is full, I will take it over for someone else to make better use of the stuff and, in this way, I keep the clutter in my kitchen down."
"We recognize that there is a place for thrift stores in every community, but like everything else, if there are too many, this is cause for concern with respect to public perception, and for those anchor businesses that don't necessarily want their business located in what is fast becoming known as a 'thrift store downtown,'" the letter reads.
"A nondescript motor oil box was dropped of at Somebody’s Attic in May, one more donation among the many collected by the nonprofit thrift store in Logan — but the contents of the box makes volunteers think the box was left by mistake."
"I was not really impressed by the idea of working with the project. At that time I had to deal with my own prejudices, the standard prejudices against Roma: they are dirty, they’re the ones who steal and they’re lazy. But none of this is true. Nothing."
MCC photo/Matthew Lester
Damir Vrbanec works with students Remżija Zejnulovski, left, and Edvin Dramaku. Vrbanec has been a teacher with MCC partner Bread of Life Belgrade for more than 10 years. He works with Roma students before and after school, helping with language and other homework.
From passionate Thrift couture in Calgary to Ethiopia and how shopping at MCC Thrift helps support kids in kindergarten during the drought.
"At the thrift shop I am not required to engage in such foolishness, and the prices can’t be beat. As someone who has moved back and forth across the ocean a few times and lived out of a suitcase when the occasion demands, these places have been a lifesaver, especially as the clothes I do have seem to attract spilled coffee and grease stains to an unusually-high degree."
"Gillian Skupa is one of those energetic people not suited to a downtown office tower. Bored with her IT job, she found a fun escape popping into thrift stores on her way home to satisfy what she describes as an addiction to bargain hunting for second-hand clothing."
"All of the food is purchased locally. Meals include traditional healthy foods such as injera with shiro (chickpea powder made into stew), rice or spaghetti with sauce, vegetables, bread and milk."
Children at Remember the Poorest Community School enjoy their hot lunch.
Remember the Poorest Community School photo/Samuel Assefa
We check in with the ReFashionista herself and see what $1 at an MCC Thrift Shop can do in some very creative hands. Also - we're hiring all over for Thrift in Canada and US. Maybe you're next to join the team!
"Eight years ago, a Cocoa woman decided she'd had enough of rampant consumerism, of watching perfectly good items dumped in favor of the latest and temporarily trendiest.
Now, Erin Baird-Jack's spacious home in the woods on the Indian River is a memory-filled testament to her commitment to reducing her carbon footprint and reducing, reusing and recycling."
"Frugal fashion queen, Jillian Owen, is on a mission to change how we think about fashion.
Concerned with the rise of fast fashion brands that are sacrificing ethics for easy production, she set up a scheme to make amassing a fashionable wardrobe cheaper and kinder. She began to hunt around thrift stores, finding cloth relics that had good bones despite their size and unflattering shape.. Some of the purchases were around $1."
"There are very few artists today who are working in the medium of thrift store clothing. In fact, there might only be one. That would be Richmond, Virginia-based sculptor Noah Scalin. He recently went to a local thrift store and picked up a couple bags of used clothes."
"Each morning while getting dressed, pay attention to the things you wish you had. Make a mental or physical list of all these things as a guideline for the next time you walk by a consignment shop. For example, if one you’re all "I need a silk robe like Rihanna as a seasonably-appropriate light layer," then add it to the list."
"We checked it with Claire who is looking for 150 plates, from MCC thrift shops, for her wedding. The wedding is almost here, so she's busy getting the plates ready for the big day!"
"He climbs into our vehicle and navigates us around bushes and small trees, across almost dry riverbeds, through sand that’s ankle deep. It reminds me of driving in the snow and slush after a winter storm in Winnipeg, as the tires spin and try to find traction."
Why did the kitten cross the road? Why to get to the Thrift shop! No seriously. That and MCC's efforts for World Refugee highlight this Last Week in Thrift.
"After he switched gears, Al’s role in the cat rescue community grew. Animals in Need started off featuring adoptable kitties on weekends, but soon people came in all week looking for cats. Then Al started getting calls from individuals who wanted to surrender their cats for adoption — and some people simply dropped their unwanted pets off at the store."
"The buildings they occupy are not free. There are mortgage payments to meet. As well as insurance on the building and upkeep that must be done."
"We are in the midst of a global refugee crisis. June 20 is designated by the United Nations as World Refugee Day -- a day to commemorate the strength, courage and resilience of refugees around the world.
Join in marking World Refugee Day by planning a worship service to listen, learn, pray, give and be inspired to offer hospitality and hope to refugees."