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Too much junk swamping Thrift Store


A picture taken at noon July 15th shows the increasing problem of dirty, worn-out or broken items left at the Community Thrift Store. In June the store, which has provided millions in grants to local groups had 142 tons of unsellable items left at their site. 


By Don Russell

Thrift Store founder


The Community Thrift Store started in January 2000 and has been very successful because of its business model of operating with only donated items, using only volunteers (no one is paid), selling or giving to some at great prices and returning all profits to the community in  forms of grants to non-profits, the grants total $5.6 million. 

This concept operates well with getting usable donations and having adequate volunteers to  manage the store. The store needs about 200 volunteers to cover all the work.  

Most volunteers work during a specific time period while others just show up when they have time. The store needs several new volunteers each month to replace those who are no longer available to volunteer.  The motto of the store is “People Helping People.”   

All items handled by the store are donated. The store can only operate by receiving items that are in condition to sell or donate. Donations continue to be good while the amount of items that are not marketable continues to grow.  Our customers will not buy or accept a donation of an item that is dirty, worn out or broken.  

Donations are often dropped off at the  store when it is closed. The volume of items that are not marketable has grown over the past months which takes a lot of labor to go through and is very costly to have it transported to a landfill.  

During June 2018, the store had 142 tons of unsellable items which cost $8,216.85 to pay to have it taken to a landfill. Seven roll-on dumpsters were required on Monday, July 16 to move unsellable items to the landfill. This cost reduces the amount that is available to donate in grants.  

We will always have some trash but cannot be the community dump.

The store appreciates the community support for over 18 years which keeps the store stocked in sellable items and customers that enjoy shopping for bargains.  The store needs help in stopping the dumping of trash and in maintaining a strong volunteer workforce.

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