One of the changes I have made in the last several years is to make an effort to both donate to and buy from thrift stores.
Not only do thrift stores offer a way to recycle things I don’t want but that are still usable, but it is a way for me to purchase things I want at a reduced price. While I had gone through while it was in downtown Yorkville, I had not had a chance to stop by and see the new location at 1002 S. Bridge Street, at the corner of Rte 16 and Rte 47. I decided to peek in and see what had changed with the new location.
The first thing I noticed was how much bigger the new place appeared to be. As you walk through the front door, you immediately go into numerous displays of home items. With a business and 4 kids, I tend to go a lot of places where I need to bring a food or dessert item, and I was amazed at the amount of platters and other serving items available. I also found vases of various shapes and sizes, and I plan to stop back later to pick up a couple of large vases to use this spring.
Christmas items of all shapes and sizes were everywhere. Mugs, plates, decorations and ornaments covered displays and walls. If it could be used for Christmas, it looked like it was there. Including a couple of Christmas dish sets, which I must admit I’ve always really wanted. One full set of 4 place settings, including a salt and pepper shaker and a platter was $30, and was appeared to be in perfect condition. Wow!
As you walk through the rest of the store, there are coats and a ton of seasonal clothing. As my youngest is almost 8 years old I’m well beyond the days of looking for baby clothes. But how I wish I had known what was available at Caring Hands when I had my little ones. Racks and racks of little kids clothes in perfect condition, including shoes that had clearly never even been worn.
Buying items at Caring Hands not only helps out the environment, but also supports local ministries through . They have a variety of ways they help out the local community, including programs geared towards children, adults, and seniors.
More information about their programs can be found at http://www.crosslutheranyorkville.org/ministries.htm.
They also accept donations of clothing and household items, so you can bring them those things you no longer need, but that may be the perfect item for someone else.
Supporting an organization that not only helps the environment, but also helps the community: shopping at Caring Hands Thrift Shop is an easy choice!