As we look towards bettering our stores as social service centers, we also want to increase the quality and quantity of our product in our stores to offer those we help. The earnings from our stores are used to support our programs to help the poor and suffering. We also provide vouchers to our neighbors in need to shop in our stores for clothing and household goods. SVdP hires people who are unemployed and offer them the opportunity to be trained at our stores. Our thrift stores are a vital part of our operations and mission to serve the poor in King County and they are struggling.
Retail sales are down nationwide and while the economy is still suffering, consumers are more frequently turning to online shopping and discount stores. This puts St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Stores in a position to grow. However, in the thrift world, shoppers are turning to corporations because they have the revenue to be able to purchase bulk quantities new merchandise to sell in their stores. SVdP cannot compete with for-profit thrift stores without donation from local retailers, wholesalers, or distributors.
Our development team is actively pursuing in-kind donations for our stores. If you or someone you know at a local corporation, distribution center, wholesaler, or a retailer has access to unsold, unused, returned, or sample merchandise that could possibly be donated and sold in our stores, we could really use the support. Please know that any contacts you share with us will only be contacted for this purpose. If you would like to discuss a possible donation or connection, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Donna Whitford at 206-767-9975 ext 1132.