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Ten thrift shops you'll want to visit

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Goodwill is a favorite for their well organized, spacious, well lighted thrift shops and friendly staff. Their weekly tag-colored sales usually bring out some hidden treasures, as well as their one dollar racks of clothing. Goodwill’s Job Connection helps put people to work through training and placement.

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His House of Columbia, Inc.. is a non-profit, non-denominational Christian ministry that was established in 1974. His House sponsors Grace Men’s Programs in West Columbia and Lexington. They provide a supervised residential rehabilitation program for alcoholic men and housing for men at several area locations.

Stepping Stones Ministry, Inc. is ‘a physical marker for a spiritual encounter,’ operated by Elmwood Church of God at 1427 Elmwood Avenue in Columbia. Proceeds from sales at Stepping Stones Thrift Store are to assist men and women in their recovery phase of drug and alcohol addiction through the establishment of an extended transitional housing program.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store helps to continue the work of the Salvation Army in adult rehabilitation, veterans’ affairs services, prison ministries, elderly services, combating human trafficking and helping to find missing persons. They also provide hunger relief, housing services, Christmas assistance, youth camps and recreation.

Sunshine Thrift Store brightens your heart and your wallet, since it is one of the best thrift shops I have found for thrifty ladies’ fashions and the proceeds are donated to The Children’s Miracle Network. What could possibly be a better combination of goof thrift shopping and good will?

Oliver Gospel Mission Good Samaritan Family Thrift Store at 10012 Two Notch Road helps to support the work of Oliver Gospel Mission in Columbia The store is immaculate, shiny bright, very well lighted, laid out attractively and with spacious aisles. Proceeds from sales help provide hot meals and housing for homeless men and women.

Many Vietnam veterans have had a difficult time finding their way after their return home from war. These men are now nearing retirement age and, sadly, all too many are either homeless or in desperate need of the necessities. The profits from the Vietnam Veterans Full Circle Charity Thrift helps Vietnam veterans in this difficult transition.

Palmetto Thrift Store and Gift Boutique was founded in November of 2007. Ever since then, the store has had a very special mission that will make all of us feel good about shopping and donating there. They give 50% of their profits to Children’s Chance, a program that helps children who are fighting cancer and their families throughout South Carolina.

St. Paws began with a mission to serve and protect animals. Their mission is to help organizations that are engaged in protecting, sheltering and caring for abandoned, neglected and abused animals. It you’re an animal lover who just can’t resist a good thrift store, St. Paws is for you! Every time you make a purchase or a donation, it will help a cat, dog, horse, bunny or companion animal.

Thrift Avenue is located at 1078 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia, Donations are tax deductible and all proceeds are used to help animals in distress at PETS, Inc. The Carolinas Humane Society helps to find homes for abandoned and abused pets, provides affordable spay and neuter clinics and low-cost rabies and booster shots for cats and dogs.

As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~

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