Frequently Asked Questions
Does Thrift Town consign merchandise?
No. Thrift Town purchases its top-quality gently-used merchandise from sourcing suppliers, such as ReUseIt & Midwest Textiles, who purchase the merchandise from donations made to schools and nonprofit organizations from local communities throughout our country.
How does Thrift Town get its merchandise?
Thrift Town purchases its top-quality gently-used merchandise from sourcing suppliers, such as ReUseIt & Midwest Textiles, who purchase the merchandise from donations made to schools and nonprofit organizations from local communities throughout our country. Because all merchandise purchased by Thrift Town benefits schools and other nonprofits organizations, Thrift Town has helped to raise over $250M for local schools and nonprofit organizations in our communities.
What does Thrift Town do with the stuff it can’t sell?
Thrift Town is fully commitment to responsible recycling, so any merchandise not suitable for sale at Thrift Town is sold to third party vendors who either repurpose the material into other usable products and/or distribute the clothing to third world countries. Although it takes more work, this commitment to recycling helps ensure we keep as much as possible out of our landfills.
Has everything for sale in Thrift Town been donated to the store?
No. Nothing is ever donated to Thrift Town.
By contract, Thrift Town accepts donations at its store sites as a recycling convenience for its customers and to assist with logistics for its sourcing suppliers. All donations made at Thrift Town locations are weighed, measured and purchased by Thrift Town, through its sourcing suppliers, in order to raise funding for schools and nonprofit organizations.
Is the school or charity paid fairly?
Yes. Thrift Town monitors all it sourcing suppliers to insure that they are appropriately registered with their state of operation, and that they meet Thrift Town standards of charitable contributions at or above current market rates. This is an important value in the Mission of Thrift Town.
When people donate to the school or charity, are they informed that their donations are going to be sold for fundraising purposes?
Yes. Per contractual agreements, donors are informed via the tax receipts and other marketing materials that their donations will be sold to Thrift Town, via its sourcing suppliers, in order to generate vital funds for the school or nonprofit organization.
How much money do the schools and nonprofit organizations actually make?
Thrift Town purchases its merchandise from its sourcing suppliers by weight and volume at or above fair market value. Due to supply and demand cycles of retail business, the income to the schools and nonprofit organizations varies by month per individual market. Since 1972, Thrift Town has helped generate over $250 million dollars for local schools and nonprofit organizations.
Do the schools and nonprofit organizations depend on the money being raised through clothing and household recycling program?
Yes. In many cases, this source of income represents an important part of the schools or nonprofit organization’s overall budget and is used to fund programs and services that might not be available without this important source of funding.
Does Thrift Town get a tax break for buying all of its merchandise from sourcing suppliers who benefit schools and nonprofit organizations?
No. Thrift Town operates like any other for-profit retailer, and not only pays ALL local, state and federal taxes, but also pays labor, rent, cost of goods, insurances and other standard business expenses.