A rug, two bowls, four mugs and a T-shirt were some basics Caroline Hadley picked up at The ReSale Shop in Gladstone to help stock her first apartment.
It was the Kansas City resident’s first visit to the store, and happened to be the 20th anniversary celebration of the store’s opening. So, she got those things for an extra 20 percent off.
Grandmother Mary Branch, who lives in Smithville, knows about the store and comes in often.
“I told her this is the place to shop now that she’s getting her first apartment,” Branch said.
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The three sacks for $10 did seem to come at an incredibly low price, but that money will stretch beyond helping Hadley. It will help women, children and seniors with their basic living, emergency and educational needs in the Northland.
The ReSale Shop on North Oak Trafficway in Gladstone raises about 80 percent of the funding for programs supported by the Assistance League of Kansas City.
The organization, which has 348 local volunteers, has no paid staff for the 10 support programs they run. President Margie Thomas says most of their services are provided for the Northland, but some extend into other areas of the metro.
“We are meeting unfulfilled needs in our community,” Thomas said. “We have 10 programs and through those programs, that’s what we’re doing,” Thomas said. “We make people smile.”
Some of the Assistance League programs include: Operation School Bell, which provides school supplies and clothing to children in need; Assault Survivor Kits, which provides a support kit to rape victims who come in to local hospitals; Operation Child in Need, which pays for a variety of services and supplies for children; and Best Foot Forward which provides business appropriate clothing for men and women re-entering the job market.
Libby Blair, the chairwoman of The ReSale Shop, explains they try to make their store different from other thrift shops by giving it an upscale feel.
The ReSale Store has about 90 members of their organization who volunteer for the shop and about 65 committee members who work in the back selecting, sorting, pricing and cleaning items.
“We are known for our friendly volunteers,” Blair said. “We are known for our pleasing and inviting atmosphere and our reasonable prices on quality merchandise.”
The anniversary party and sale day did about triple the business of a regular day for the store.