Guest blog written by volunteer Melissa.
Fall is my favorite time of year! As soon as the leaves start to change, sweaters get pulled out of closets, and the PSL is in stores, I'm in my happy place.
Along with fall comes my favorite holiday, Halloween! From pumpkin carving to scary thrills there are countless activities to enjoy Halloween all October long. Check out some of the exciting spooky adventures you can get up to around town:
Guest blog post written by social media volunteer, Melissa.
Thanks to Macklemore’s hit song Thrift Shop, thrift stores have become more popular than ever for people looking for “authentic” vintage apparel. While this might be the case for hipsters and millennials the thrift store is also a destination of necessity for many of America’s working-class.
This was not, however, always the case. Prior to the early 20th century, second hand/consignment goods were often considered sullied and unwholesome. It wasn’t until 1902 when Reverend Edgar J. Helms founded what is now known as Goodwill Industries, did thrift stores see a rise in popularity and necessity among the American people.
Thrift stores and consignment shops have continued to gain favor in this retail centric world. According to the National Association of Resale Professionals, the number of thrift stores, consignment shops, and other retailers selling second-hand merchandise has increased 7% in each of the past two years. And approximately 16-18% of Americans will shop at a thrift store in a given year.
So why have thrift shops continued to boom? Turns out Gen Y realized spending $50 on a TopShop t-shirt wasn’t too smart if you’re burdened with huge student loans and an awful job market. While the youth generation may have turned to thrift shops out of necessity, they’ve helped reshape the American view on thrift shops to what is now considered sensible and even cool. And as Macklemore would say, “I wear your granddad’s clothes, damn right I look incredible.”
So why should you shop at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop?
1. You’ll find a bargain
You probably already guessed this, with “thrift” being in our name. What you might not know is that each month select colored tagged items go on sale. For the month of August you’ll find green tagged items 75% off and red tagged items 50% off. Each month we also do a drawing for a $35 gift certificate. Stop by to be entered to win. This month we’re also celebrating National Thrift Store Day. All items in the store will be 50-75% off on August 17. Now that’s a bargain!
2. We’re all volunteer run
Everyone who contributes their time to Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop is a dedicated volunteer who wants to give back to their community. And we’re always looking for new volunteers to join us! Interested? Discover the possibilities of volunteering here: http://www.ecathriftshop.org/volunteers.html
3. We always have new items
We’re constantly getting in new items. What’s here today could be gone tomorrow and tomorrow will have a whole bunch of new items. Our ever changing inventory means you’ll find plenty of one-of-a-kind items to complete that special outfit, retro dinner set, or living room gallery wall.
4. We give back to the local community
Since January 2017 we’ve donated $131,000 to local non-profits. From arts to housing, children and youth services to education, and domestic violence prevention to recreation, we support a wide variety of non-profits. Check out all of our grant recipients here: http://www.ecathriftshop.org/recipients.html
Whether you’re looking for a bargain, a vintage jacket, or an item to repurpose for your living room, stop by Eastside Community Aid Thrift Store. While we have bargains all year long, we’re having a huge celebration on August 17 for National Thrift Shop Day. We can’t wait to see what treasures you’ll discover!
Susan is a frequent volunteer at Eastside Community Aid Thrift Shop, where she sorts, prices, and stocks merchandise to her heart's content. Before retirement, she owned and operated a consignment shop for women's plus size clothing in Seattle. Through trial and error and talking with customers, she learned a thing or two. An avid "thrift shopper," Susan loves to buy clothing, especially when she gets good quality and value for her money.
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