Keshena thrift shop’s profits help pay parish bills

KESHENA — “Fill a bag for a buck.”

That’s the slogan at St. Michael’s Thrift N Gift, an all-volunteer-run ministry of the parish here, 45 miles northwest of Green Bay, on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

Located in Menominee County, one of Wisconsin’s poorest counties, Thrift N Gift is a ministry with a dual purpose: It’s a fundraising project for St. Michael Parish while at the same time serving a community with great needs, pointed out Cookie Vigue, a St. Michael parishioner, who coordinates the effort.

Vigue has worked at the small, house-sized shop for 10 years now, but she said she’s never really thought about the average number of people who come to the Thrift N Gift when it’s open the first and third Tuesday each month.

Cookie Vigue, who coordinates the St. Michael Thrift N Gift in Keshena, stands in one of the store’s clothing sections. (Bob Zyskowski | For The Compass)

“We did sell 300 bags for a buck in one day though,” she remembered.

Aisles, walls, floors and shelves are packed with both used and new clothing, towels, bedding and kitchen items, decorations, costume jewelry, religious items — almost anything a family in need might require. There’s a baby room with clothing and toys, a seasonal section that’s filled now with items for Valentine’s Day, and a cutely presented closet with antiques and collectibles that bring in cabin people from the area’s nearby lakes. A few steps away, the shop’s garage holds furniture and other large items.

Everything is donated, Vigue explained — by parishioners and non-parishioners alike, by donors as far away as Chicago and Madison, and by businesses in the area.

“Sometimes we’ll get items that haven’t been selling and they’ll still have the price tags on them,” she said.

Vigue, who is retired,

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Thrift Shop Welcomes Veteran-Owned Business in March

Andover Thrift and Gift Shop features hand-painted signs and other gifts by Krystal Laroche. Photo: Nancie Jacobson

Kristal Laroche, owner of “For the Love of Crafts” has joined the Andover Thrift and Gift Shop as a new “in-house” artisan. Kristal served in the US Navy as a TM3 Torpedoman’s mate third class on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69, based out of Norfolk, Virginia. Kristal was captain of a 50-caliber machine gun mount, a firearms instructor, and maintained the ship’s small weapon armory.

We thank Kristal for her service to our country, and we are honored to welcome her to the shop. Kristal offers a variety of skillfully crafted items including hand painted signs, fun-loving gifts, seasonal décor, camping wear, and more.

Sunapee-based “Creations by Cheryl” offers an exquisite collection of gemstone bracelets, necklaces, and earrings at very reasonable prices; paracord utility bracelets for just $5 each; and knit frill scarves in a rainbow of colors. The shop also carries a variety of delightfully wrapped containers of dried garden herbs, mixes, and herb-infused oils from Andover Garden Club member Anne Hewitt. And don’t forget, the Andover Thrift and Gift Shop is your local carrier of 100% all-natural Cardigan Mountain soaps, lotions, and body mist gift packages.

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Creations by Cheryl out of Sunapee offers exquisite hand-crafted jewelry at the Andover Thrift and Gift Shop. Photo: Nancie Jacobson

It’s Winter Clearance time during the month of March at the Andover Thrift and Gift shop. Coats, jackets, sweaters, socks, scarves, and hats are half price! Stock up on a big assortment of new and carefully selected next-to-new items for the whole family.

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Wedding bells to ring in Aldi’s aisles

It will be a marriage made in Aldi.

In a novel marketing campaign by Aldi U.S., couples ready to tie the knot are invited to enter a contest to exchange their vows during a wedding surrounded by up to 50 friends and family at the Aldi Insights Center, the retailer’s model store at its headquarters in Batavia, Ill.

Aldi U.S. said Wednesday its fans have frequently celebrated life’s milestones in Aldi-themed marriage proposals, engagement photos, birthdays and even baby showers. But the discount grocer said it now wants to give something back.

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Aldi also will present a special wedding gift to the newlyweds — groceries for a year, given as $5,000 in Aldi gift cards.

“Every time our shoppers include us in one of their big moments, we feel the #ALDILove,” Kate Kirkpatrick, director of communications at Aldi U.S., said in a statement. “We’re showing our #ALDILove in return by giving one crazy-in-love-with-ALDI couple an opportunity to celebrate the ultimate life milestone with us.”

The wedding party will get a behind the scenes look at the Aldi Insights Center, where Aldi is transforming the whole space for the nuptials, which will be officiated by an Aldi employee. Included is a photoshoot in front of a store.

Aldi will also host a reception for the newlyweds. The store-brand food and beverages will include a tiered wedding cake baked with Baker’s Corner ingredients and appetizers such as Aldi’s mini Red Bag Chicken sliders. Custom wedding favors will go to the guests.

The final gift to the newlyweds will be groceries for a year, to be awarded as $5,000 in Aldi gift cards.

The campaign runs through

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