Sacramento thrift shop owners pay for funeral of unhoused employee that died

(KTXL) — This Valentine’s Day will be a hard one for thrift shop owners Alfredo and Martha Ochoa after the untimely death of one of their employees, an unhoused woman from Sacramento named Suki.

She was recently hit and killed by an alleged drunken driver, and the Ochoas were informed about her death later by police.

Her funeral was held on Tuesday, organized and paid for by the Ochoa family.

“I let her stay here a long time because to me, she was a part of my family,” Alfredo Ochoa, owner of America Thrift Store, said to FOX 40 News.

Ochoa says that Suki was in a wheelchair and that he and his wife helped take care of her. Suki’s boyfriend, David Armstrong, says that he and Suki have been close to the Ochoa family for a long time.

“I went to Tennessee to see his daughter have her baby. I’ve just been everywhere with them,” Armstrong said.

It was in December of 2022 when, one day, Suki did not appear at the thrift shop.

“At 3 a.m. the police called me from Elk Grove and said, ‘Are you Alfredo?’ I said yeah,” Ochoa recounts. “They said, ‘Suki passed away. She was hit by a car.’”

Unfortunately, this was not the Ochoas’ first time experiencing the death of a loved one to a drunken driver. Their daughter, Carla, passed away in a similar crash in June 2021.

Now, the Ochoas help raise their grandson Noah, who survived the crash.

At their shop, they continue to have a memorial for Suki, a person that was important to the Ochoa family, to her boyfriend and

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Hudsonville store in possession of popular sweater

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A Hudsonville thrift shop is generating a lot of buzz after a sweater seen on a popular TV series was brought to their store.

Grant Me Hope Thrift Store on Balsam Drive has struggled with foot traffic in its year and a half of being open. It now has newfound attention, however, after a customer posted about a sweater she found in the store on Facebook.

“It really just started from our customer having that ability to say this looks really similar to something I just saw on TV the other day and then it immediately blew up,” said Ashleigh O’Donnell, Grant Me Hope Thrift Store manager.

The sweater is a replica of one worn by Kitty Forman in “That ’70s Show” and “That ’90s Show.” Since it was posted in the Weird and Wonderful Secondhand Finds Facebook group, which has nearly three million members, the thrift store find has gone international.

“I have received messages from people in Australia, Netherlands, Canada,” O’Donnell said.

Shoppers in West Michigan have also flocked to the thrift store.

“I love ‘That ’70s Show,’” said Michelle Kitler, a local shopper. “I work a mile away from here. So, I was like no way I have to go get it.”

O’Donnell said the sweater isn’t intended to be a cash cow, but they’re grateful that it’s put their true mission in the spotlight, which is funding introductory videos for children in foster care.

“That way potential adoptive parents get to know these kids more and hopefully get them adopted before they age out,” O’Donnell said.

Supporters of Grant Me Hope Thrift are in awe about the reaction the store has seen.

“I feel like this is very beneficial that they have gained this spotlight and I’ve read some of the comments

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Syringa thrift donates $100k to hospital in past year | News

GRANGEVILLE — “Everything is going well, and our fall mailer has brought in about $10k so far,” Syringa Foundation director and thrift store manager Kristi Brooks reported at the Jan. 24 trustee meeting.

Brooks said the thrift store is doing “wonderful,” and will celebrate its opening anniversary in April. The Syringa Auxiliary Thrift Store originally opened its doors in 2002.

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Mission’s thrift store hosts soft re-launch

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — The Union Gospel Mission’s thrift store in downtown Sioux Falls is back open, nearly two months after a burst pipe flooded the building back in December. The thrift store held a soft opening Thursday. Customers are thankful to be returning, once again.

Issac Chitwood is staying at the Union Gospel Mission so a shopping spree at the Mission’s remodeled and reopened thrift store was simply a matter of walking across the street.

“Yeah, I’m homeless and work there in the kitchen and so I figure I could come over here and look for some good values,” Chitwood said.

Many of the customers, like Chitwood, are looking for warm weather gear. The thrift store has been restocked with donated items replacing the merchandise that was damaged when the building flooded in December. Those who cannot afford to pay for the items, get them for free.

“I love it, I love it because it’s not like, you ask them for something, they help you out, all you gotta do is ask. They appreciate. I always come here. I’ve been wearing the same clothes for several days,” Louis Running Bear said.

Even though this is a soft opening, the Mission management says it’s important to start getting clients through the doors again to meet the pent-up demand that’s built-up over the winter.

“When they’re standing, lining up at our door and we’re not open, that’s a tough deal,” Union Gospel Mission CEO Eric Weber said.

Many of the clients received clothing and necessities at other non-profits in the community while the thrift store was closed for repairs. But satisfied customers, like Running Bear, are grateful the store is back open so they can face the hardships of a

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Unseen photo of JFK assassination found hidden in Texas thift store

A previously unpublished photograph of John F Kennedy’s motorcade snapped minutes before his assassination in Dallas in 1963 has been unearthed in a Texas thrift-store” data-ylk=”slk:second hand store;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “second hand store.

George Rebeles made the extraordinary discovery inside a used Bachman Turner Overdrive compact disc case that he bought at the Souls Harbor Thrift Store in the city of Ferris, according to local news site” data-ylk=”slk:WFAA;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “WFAA.

Mr Rebeles told WFAA he opened the case about a month after making the purchase, and was stunned to see the black and white Polaroid photo with the date of 11-22-63 handwritten on the back.

“How this could have ended up in a small town thrift store, fascinates me,” Mr Rebeles told the ABC affiliate.

JFK historian Farris Rookstool told WFAA that the photo appeared to have been taken as the presidential motorcade left Love Field Airport.

According to the JFK Library, the president and wife Jackie Kennedy Onassis arrived at Love Field at 11.38am after taking a short flight from Fort Worth on the morning of 22 November 1963.

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A photo taken on the day of John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas in 1963 has been unearthed in a Texas thrift store (WFAA)

The president’s limousine left the airport for the 10 mile ride into downtown Dallas, where he was shot at Dealey Plaza at around 12.30pm. The Warren Commission would later rule that Lee Harvey Oswald was solely responsible for JFK’s murder.

However, questions and conspiracies have continued to swirl around the assassination, and investigators continue to push for the government to release all of its classified files.

The National Archives and Records Administration released more than 13,000 documents about the assassination in December,

Mr Rookstool told

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Think thrift.. Shop second hand this spring

As Oxfam makes its London Fashion Week debut, preloved clothes have never been more on trend! One woman’s trash is another one’s treasure.. From recycling to runway Lisa Snowdon is here with her guide to second hand style.

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Amanda: Spring staples

ESPRIT Trench Coat Beige Womens£33.99, Go

MASSIMO DUTTI Blue Regular Striped Jumper Womens£19.99, Go

LEVI’S Mid Rise Jeans Blue Denim Slim Skinny Womens £24.99, Go

Glittery Contrast Lace Up Sneakers£3,

Suzi: Dress to impress

Love & Roses Yellow Boucle Coat £30 RRP £90,

Oasis Black Print Sisters Floral Lace Dobby Midi Dress£45 RRP £139,

River Island Black Knee High Stiletto Suede Boots£45 RRP £120,

Amanda Wakeley Black Leather / Python Large Tote Bag£75 RRP £400,

Susan: Beige is the new black

Whole Outfit – The Cirkel

Blazer, £40 RRP £305Skirt, £25 RRP £60Shoes, £70 RRP £99

Niki: Any Occasion

L.k. Bennett Women’s Coat Red Wool with Other, Polyamide, Viscose£130.25 RRP £395, Thrift.Plus

Whistles Women’s Heels Pink £42.50 RRP 3140, Thrift.Plus

V-neck Midi Dress Smudge Print£48 RRP £60, This Is

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Fort Rucker Thrift Shop gives back to community

The Thrift Shop on Fort Rucker is in the business of selling gently used merchandise. It is also in the business of giving 100 percent of its profits to the communities within a 50 miles radius of the military installation in the form of community grants.

The most recent recipients of Thrift Shop Community Grants are the SOS Animal Shelter and the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department.

“We are completely dependent on the support and generosity of our wonderful donors and volunteers, who enable us to continue to give back to the greater Fort Rucker area,” said Thrift Shop Manager Cue McCollister.

Funds donated are made through the sale of donated goods and consigned merchandise, she said.

Located on the corner of Red Cloud and Ruff Avenue—in front of the theater and next to the bowling alley on post—the Thrift Shop is a non-profit organization operating on Fort Rucker and open to the public.

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“Community grant forms and consignment information can be obtained by visiting our website or in person at the shop during our normal business hours,” McCollister said. The applications are reviewed regularly and grants are awarded as applications received are considered.

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Thrift store: Help wanted

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — The Union Gospel Mission in Sioux Falls officially opened the doors to its thrift store Monday after hosting a soft-launch last week. The store had been closed for nearly two months after getting flooded by a burst pipe the day after Christmas. It was quickly repaired and the shelves re-stocked, but it couldn’t reopen until they could hire enough workers. Yet the business expects to thrive in spite of a staffing shortage.

Maddie Schei’s tenure as a thrift store employee lasted just one shift in December.

“I have one day here and then the flood happened,” Schei said.

Schei has been a community health worker at the Union Gospel Mission since August, but was called in to help with a staffing shortage at the thrift store. Then, a frozen pipe burst on the third floor, flooding much of the building.

“It was raining from the floor. And we had 98-percent humidity in here and it was just heartbreaking. Now I look at it, and it’s like wow,” Union Gospel Mission CEO Eric Weber said.

That wow factor is courtesy of volunteers in the community who worked quickly to repair the damage.

“Even the crew people that were here doing the water extraction was like, we can’t believe this was done in three weeks,” Weber said.

People also donated items to replace the merchandise that flooded. The plan was to open the thrift store by February first. But the mission just couldn’t find enough workers to hit the target date.

“We need people to haul in the donations, we need people to like run the till. We need people to go through the donations, sort them, so there’s kind of a lot of aspects we have

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Black Ivy Thrift, a new thrift store in West Philly, sells clothing that embodies the civil rights movement

A new West Philadelphia thrift shop that doubles as a museum epitomizes the term “fashion as activism.”

Black Ivy Thrift, which opened earlier this month, sells a curated collection of sustainable fashion items and displays artifacts that celebrate the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

“I wanted to do something that would continue to amplify all that Philadelphia offers American culture by paying homage to the figures who came through Philadelphia in the civil rights movement, and how they use style to tell stories,” said Kimberly McGlonn, the curator behind Black Ivy Thrift.

Black Ivy Thrift sells hand-curated thrift and vintage items associated with the fashion of the civil rights movement from 1954, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, to 1972, when Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, ran for president. 

McGlonn has traveled around the country to find pieces of corduroy, leather, embroidery and florals that embody the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The store offers everything from denim jackets to turtlenecks to polyester pants, with countless opportunities to mix and match the thrift and vintage pieces into unique outfits.

People also can purchase original artwork and decor, plus rare vintage vinyl by musicians like Nat King Cole, first edition books by writers like Maya Angelou and pieces by modern figures like Barack and Michelle Obama. 

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Black Ivy Thrift offers clothing and artifacts from and inspired by the civil rights era.

When people enter the store, they are greeted by a wall covered with artifacts, including vintage gloves, records and magazine covers. Other distinctive touches include a TV screen playing footage from the civil rights movement, a 1959 typewriter and a photo of McGlonn’s great grandparents.

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Crystal Thrift Store Sees Surge in Secondhand Shoppers

4:18 PM | Wednesday, July 27, 2022

A thrift store in Crystal says business has been steady since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Business has picked up even more as the price of groceries and gas has surged over the past year.

Shoppers at the Bibles For Missions Thrift Center in Crystal tell CCX News they are used to pinching pennies.

“We’ve always kind of gone to thrift stores a lot, but we do it a lot more now because we’ve always found the value in thrift stores anyway,” said customer David Rudquist.

Some customers say the economy has shifted how they shop.

“It’s changed drastically because you can get good quality stuff for lower prices at a thrift store,” said customer Samuel Liggions. “I’ve gotten $385 suits here for $5.99 with the tags still on them.”


The Bibles For Missions Thrift Center  was busy Wednesday morning with customers looking for deals.

Bibles for Missions Thrift Center has been in business for 25 years. It had built a loyal customer base before the pandemic. But donations and revenue at the store jumped post-COVID.

“So, basically 50 percent in two years. Between COVID and the economy and everything that’s going on, it’s been very much of an increase,” said Ronn Kreps with Bibles for Missions Thrift Center.

About 300 people come through the doors each day. Many of them are first-time customers.

Volunteers run the shop. Store officials say they don’t have enough people to extend store hours. So, for the time being, they will try to keep up with the demand.

“Something about thrifting post COVID really caught on,” said Kreps.


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