In these tough economic times, it seems that thrift stores are sprouting up everywhere around us. I personally love to browse and shop at our Family Pathways Thrift Stores, which are located in Forest Lake, Cambridge, Hinckley, Isanti, Pine City, Princeton, Rush City, Wyoming and St. Croix Falls. My personal favorites are in Forest lake, Wyoming and St. Croix Falls.
One person’s trash is definitely another person’s treasure because you do indeed find great bargains at thrift stores. I once found a beautiful creme-colored David Rose dress for only three dollars, which I wore to a wedding in Hawaii. The dress originally sold for three hundred dollars. After the wedding, I gave it back to the store to resell.
There are so many wonderful items, it is impossible to name them all, but a few are, dishes, glassware, furniture, children’s toys and activities, books, movies, furniture, clothes for all ages, knick knacks and the list goes on. I have a dear friend who runs Cheryl’s Day Care in Forest Lake, and she has gotten so many wonderful toys and activities for the little ones there. She has a well established day care and the children are fortunate to have such a loving and kind person to care for them. I am so proud of her and how well she manages her business.
My daughter always has fun shopping at the thrift store also, and she finds the cutest little knickknacks to give as gifts for her secret pals or for her new neighbors. She is so thoughtful and finds items that the persons collect or somehow have special meaning to them. I used to collect donkeys, and my daughter always managed to find some cute donkey treasure for me. It is, after all, the thought that goes into a gift, not the cost. Little things always mean a lot.
Shopping at the Family Pathway stores help the community immensely because it does so much for families in crises, for teens, and for seniors who need companionship or help with shopping , etc. It also offers relief to care givers so that they can get a break while a volunteer stays with the individual in need. I used to do that and I know it means so much to the family. Then there is that wonderful food pantry that is set up in each area to provide food for those families that are financially burdened.
It is good for all of us to donate our extra food items to the food shelf and our unwanted items of clothing and housewares to the thrift stores because we are doing everybody, including ourselves, a great favor. We are being good neighbors and touching the lives of many.
That is partly what life is all about.