Use your donations to receive last-minute tax write offs A secret stash of unwatched DVDs hides within the entertainment center. CDs with more nostalgic value than listening pleasure collect dust on your media rack, thanks to the digital era. Then there are the games you have mastered and are...Read More
The Thrifty Shopper team is proud to be Green!
Our Thrifty Shopper stores provide second-hand clothing at discounted prices as well as used household linens, furniture and other items. But it's not just these gently used goods that find a second life.
True or False: We can use that lone sock, the shoe without a match, the shirt with a rip or stain. TRUE! We recycle the donations that cannot be sold in our stores in other ways, such as selling tattered clothing as rags. We make sure nearly every item donated to and received is used to generate revenue. This in turn helps to fund our programs, which provide services to those who are hungry and homeless in our communities.
Bottom line: We embrace a social responsibility to our environment and recycle products, including salvage items, at every level to generate revenue to help those in need within our communities, all while making our home a "greener" and cleaner place to live!
Recently I’ve been making small changes to improve sustainability around the house, which led me to researching the benefits of cloth napkins instead of paper ones. When I found out that using cloth napkins at home was overall a more sustainable choice, I set out to find enough to...Read More
In this Going Green segment that aired on Time Warner Cable, Terry Ettinger looks at how the Rescue Mission makes great use of used textiles, like clothes, bed sheets and towels. In fact, 95 percent of used textiles can be reused. Donations are brought to the Rescue Mission Warehouse...Read More
The countdown is on. Parents, you know what we’re talking about … less than two weeks before winter break starts. How are you going to keep the kids busy?? While we can’t offer you an endless stream of activities to keep the kids from uttering “I’m bored” every five...Read More
The holiday chaos has ended – take a breather! Do you like to regroup between Christmas and New Year’s, enjoying the festiveness of your holiday décor now that the rush is over? Or, do you like to start the New Year with a clean slate, getting your decorations packed...Read More
You’ve purchased the perfect gift. Now, how do you get the extra wow factor when presenting it? Start by ditching the familiar old wrapping paper and gift bags. Think outside of the gift box and give your gift the edge it deserves! We have collected some great ideas to...Read More
The Rescue Mission is proud to be Green! (This blog was revised on April 21, 2015) When we receive donations from our generous community members, it enables us to give clothing away to those in need as well as provide second-hand clothing, used household linens, furniture and other items at...Read More
Last time I wrote about ways to repurpose the T-shirt collections many of us have. Now let’s talk about your sweatshirt collections! As the family outgrows them, sweatshirts get painted on, gardened in or elbows get torn. Eventually, they move from the wardrobe to a status of collectable and/or...Read More
Are you overrun with your shirt collection, or the kids’ outgrown shirts? In my case, it was leftovers from making T-shirt quilts. Generally, I only use the image part of the T-shirt in a quilt so there is a lot left, and I hated to throw it away. I’ve...Read More
Have you heard the news?! The buzz has been all over social media and the air waves – something big is coming to town!! The Rescue Mission is partnering with 93Q and Shoppingtown Mall to offer Syracuse’s Largest Indoor Garage Sale on Saturday, April 25. Broadcasting live from 9...Read More
If you are a gardener, you will recognize this item immediately. If not, let me tell you about it. This is a seed starting tray. There are three parts: the base, the individual cells and the lid. In early spring, they might be a little costly at some stores,...Read More
For the first three years of his life, my nephew Leon had accumulated an expansive and expensive wardrobe. He was the first nephew and grandchild of our family and dressing him was so much fun for us; we all got very carried away Leon is now five and a...Read More
Recently I was thinking about all the different ways Thrifty Shopper helps me and I was pretty amazed. I may not be in their targeted population, yet there are so many ways the organization helps and affects my life. Also, through me, and others, they are able to impact...Read More
As our shoppers have probably noticed, we reuse other stores’ plastic bags when completing an order. It helps us cut down on capital costs and ultimately provides more funds for Rescue Mission services. How do we get those bags? From customers like you who collect the bags then graciously...Read More
Calling all high school students! Are you looking for a way to raise money for your class? Do you need to conduct a service project? Maybe you just want to give back to your community. If so, we want to team up with you to conduct a clothing drive!...Read More
Many of you, like my family, have probably collected souvenir shirts from concerts, vacations, featuring a favorite character, icon or other sentiment close to your heart. At one time I decided to do a count and I actually had 104 T-shirts in my dresser. I was shocked to say...Read More
If you are anything like me, you have lots of T-shirts from special events or travels that you don’t really wear that often. But you don’t want to get rid of them because of the special memories they represent. Or maybe they were gifts and represent something you really...Read More
Would you like to have unique, one of a kind serving dishes at your table? How about the fun of having dishes to match the theme of a special party? This might sound costly, but can actually be done at home after a fun trip of thrifty shopping! This...Read More
Instead of making those resolutions that none of us can seem to keep, I have decided to make a resolution to clean out my closet and donate all the clothes that have been collecting dust for too long! And I encourage you to do the same! Donate all those...Read More
People decide to make positive changes in their life every day. However, New Year’s Day is by far the most popular day to initiate those changes. That’s right – we are talking about the New Year’s resolution. Our Thrifty Shopper team has long been committed to a “Green” philosophy....Read More