SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — With rising costs at many stores, people are looking for ways to ease the pain at the register. This may include shopping at thrift stores.
One that has been open in Sioux Falls for 18 years is helping not only with that, but all the money made is going back to a local Christian school.
“A place where you can come and not have to buy brand-new products, but maybe it’s more of an affordable opportunity for different people with different incomes,” said Rachel Niemeyer, support services administrator for Sioux Falls Christian.
At NU2U Thrift Store near 46th Street and Western Avenue in Sioux Falls, every transaction makes a difference, and it goes beyond the customers who are saving money.
“Everything here is totally donations only, and it goes back to support Sioux Falls Christian School, and we have major drop offs per day. I mean, we could have up to 40,” store manager Debbie Goodwin said.
Goodwin has been at NU2U for nine years, and has been a manager for five.
“Furniture, clothes, miscellaneous, purses, shoes, anything you can possibly think of,” Goodwin said. “We usually have anywhere from four to eight tubs per week of books to go up. We do bedding, home decor, toys, guys stuff. I mean, you name it, it gets dropped off here.”
Items are sorted, tagged and then put on shelves or racks for people to buy. Goodwin says there are always items on sale depending on the color of the price tag.
“Every month they change a new color. Two different colors. They’re usually full price for about two months and then they go half price and then it will go 75% off,” she said.
All of the proceeds at the