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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A New Style of Thrift Aims to Make Change

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WILLIAMSBURG — New2You Thrift Store and companion shop, 3 Doors Down at Five Forks are committed to changing the community, one donated item at a time.

“We are different from other types of retail shops in many ways,” said Teresa Randall, manager of the two shops.

Teresa Randall stocks books at 3 Doors Down (Stephanie Sabin/WYDaily)

Begun as an idea to raise funds for Williamsburg Christian Academy, the nonprofit community thrift stores with a boutique feel now offer support to several Williamsburg organizations.

New2You and 3 Doors Down are both run by a board of directors that oversees operations as well as donations to the community.

Having been involved with the project from the beginning, board member Elena Flagg said, “It has been a wonderful opportunity to work with these amazing people and to see the results of community effort. They say ‘one’s person junk is another person’s treasure’ and we see that. The donations we receive just blossom and spread good into the community.”

The mission to support Williamsburg Christian Academy, as well as other local nonprofit organizations such as Proclaiming Grave Outreach, Care Net Peninsula, Lackey Clinic, FISH and the Boys and Girls Club, are proudly displayed in the stores.

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Stocked exclusively with merchandise donated by the community, Randall takes pride in the limited waste the stores produce. Items the shops cannot use or be sold are given to other organizations, repurposed for sale, or recycled.

“Our mindset is we, obviously, want to sell it, but if we can’t, we try to find ways to repurpose items. We have taken apart bed frames to make benches and folded old book pages to create cute paper Christmas trees,” said Randall.

In addition to donations, the shops rely on volunteers. There are

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300 gather at Taiwan Railways Administration’s lost and found auction, snapping up unclaimed designer bags and watches

TAIPEI, TAIWAN— Yesterday, on February 22nd, approximately 300 people gathered at the Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) Shulin Station (樹林站) in New Taipei for an auction of unclaimed items from the station’s lost and found.

The auction took place in the station’s main hall, starting at 9:30 a.m. and featured over 100 items up for bid, ranging from designer bags and watches to a Giant-brand bicycle and a full set of golf clubs.

According to Stationmaster Wu Chia-yang (吳佳陽), the items being auctioned had gone unclaimed during the mandatory two-year retention period and were being sold as-is, without any type of after-sales service or warranty.

The station officers were surprised by the large turnout and competitive bidding, given the lack of quality guarantees in the unclaimed items offered for auction.

During the auction, cameras emerged as one of the more hotly-contested items, with several bidders standing up on chairs and shouting questions about each product’s model number and specifications.

A video posted on a local community Facebook page shows locals gathering at the station, waiting to bid on their favorite items.

Ultimately, nearly everything on the auction listing found a buyer, except for a damaged Chanel bag deemed unfit for sale.

A portable blood pressure monitor was pulled out from the auction due to laws regulating the sale of medical devices.

The set of 14 golf clubs sold for only NT$5,500 (US$180), while a bidding war over a Nintendo Switch console and seven game cartridges pushed its price up from NT$7,000 to a sale price of NT$13,000.

Other items snapped up during the auction included a non-stick frying pan, an electric rice cooker, several electric kettles, badminton rackets, video game consoles, and portable phone chargers.

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I’m a thrift store expert – how to spot a Dollar Tree item marked up for more in Goodwill

A THRIFT store shopper is warning customers to avoid paying more for Dollar Tree items that end up in second hand shops.

The customer posted a video saying: “You have to love it when Dollar Tree items are more expensive at Goodwill than they are at the Dollar Tree.”

A viral video details how to spot Dollar Tree items at thrift stores


A viral video details how to spot Dollar Tree items at thrift storesCredit: Reddit
A customer revealed the products they found at a local thrift shop that appeared to be from Dollar Tree


A customer revealed the products they found at a local thrift shop that appeared to be from Dollar TreeCredit: Reddit
More customers commented on the video saying they also noticed items marked up at Goodwill


More customers commented on the video saying they also noticed items marked up at GoodwillCredit: Reddit

The video posted to Reddit included a series of products that the user reportedly found at Goodwill, including bags, candles, and signs, that were seemingly from Dollar Tree.

The items appeared to be 50 cents to $1.50 pricier than when bought at Dollar Tree, which is known for prices that hover around $1.

Users commented that they too have experienced this when shopping at Goodwill, a store that many flock to for discounted prices on second hand items.

“The other day I came across a 98 cent bag of Halloween cut outs a thrift store pasted a $5 sticker on-top of it,” one commenter claimed.

“Literally they had to see the 98 cents and specifically put their sticker there to cover it. So sneaky.”

Another person user said: “All you gotta look for the classic Chesapeake, VA on the barcode and you know it’s a Dollar Tree treasure.”

A third commenter added: “I like it when I go to Goodwill and I see something for $5.99 but on the other side of it it has a sticker from Value Village for $2.99.”

The find is apparently not a one-time discovery, as other shoppers have voiced

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