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One-year anniversary, 69 cent sale for Salvation Army Lincoln Park customers

 John S. Aren, overseer of nine Salvation Army thrift stores, and Lincoln Park store manager Demetrius Mabry smile for the camera.
Photo courtesy of John S. Aren

Got $0.69? That's what you'll need for the latest steals on name-brand clothing at the Salvation Army's Lincoln Park one-year anniversary.

The quality thrift store will celebrate its one-year anniversary at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 26, at 2270 North Clybourn Ave., with clothes for under $1.

"Everyone who comes in for the first time says the same thing," said store manager Demetrius Mabry. "Wow! I never knew. For three years, Major John Aren and his staff have been working diligently to upgrade the culture and dignity of 'thrift' in Chicago with the 'promise of pristine people, product and presentation."

In a recent interview with the Chicago Personal Finance Examiner, John Aren, the overseer of nine Salvation Army thrift stores on the north side of Chicago, also encourages bargain hunters to take a look around the boutique section of their store.

Environmentalism is an added perk for shopping at one of Chicago's many Salvation Army thrift stores.

"We concentrate on the higher-end stock, which is worth repurposing and recycling as part of our sustainability effort," said Aren in a recent interview.

Other sales and festivities at the Lincoln Park Chicago location begin at 12 p.m., with the opening of the new high-end boutique Jewelry Sales, Lawn & Patio blowouts (hosted by Cindy Stewart), live local bands and a fashion show at 4:30 pm (hosted by Beau Fodor of Panache in Des Moines).

But more importantly, Mabry wants customers to know how much their support helps the Salvation Army as a whole.

"It was my privilege to play a small part in increasing the revenues necessary for the men and women seeking redemption, recovery and restoration from the effects of addiction while upgrading the self-worth of every team member involved along the way," said Mabry. "The Salvation Army in Lincoln Park has surpassed all expectations in gross revenues while providing full-time, part-time and temporary opportunities for 74 employees in that store alone."

When asked what was the reason for such a big sale for the one-year anniversary of the Lincoln Park Salvation Army location, Aren had one word to explain it all: "Gratitude."

Donations are welcome year round. To find out more about the Salvation Army's textile sustainability and recycling efforts here, click here.

For more information on the store and shopping event, click here.

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