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posted Friday, March 14 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 11
The thrift shop craze
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The thrift shop craze

by Sugie - SGN Contributing Writer

A bit of history about the thrift shop craze
I consider myself a healthy thrift shop shopper. Long time ago when I lived in Bellevue, I listened to a bank officer rave about the ten silk blouses she got at The Overlake Service League Thrift Shop in Bellevue Square. I also got to listen to how 'embarrassed' she was for even thinking about going into a thrift shop! Myself, I have no such qualms. I would like to reveal a little history of a few thrift shops on the present horizon. Value Village was founded in 1954. In it's 59 year history, it has been giving many employment opportunities as well as giving the public second hand clothes, furniture, and books. The Goodwill was founded in 1902 by Edgar M. Holmes. It functions as a nonprofit organization and provides employment training and rehabilitation for those who are involved in it. Last yet not least is the Salvation Army, founded by William Booth in 1852. This gentleman was a minister who preached the gospel of Jesus Christ. In 1858, Booth decided to call his organization The Salvation Army.

Why I go to thrift shops in the autumn of my life
At first, I was hesitant about going into thrift shops, perhaps for the same reason the previously mentioned bank officer stalled about going into thrift shops. I remember how my dear departed mother gathered up our old clothes to take them to the consignment shop on Mercer Island known as The Dark Horse. Since then, I have stepped on the thrift shop bandwagon, and have yet to get off! I presently wear a forest green leather jacket that I got for only $33 at Value Village! I could rhapsodize on and on about the beauty of thrift shops, yet it is up to you, dear reader, to find a thrift store, harness it, and ride it to victory to the price wise finish line! Need I say more? Take it from me, Susan B. Gemson - only your pocketbook will know for sure!

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