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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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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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Dover Food Pantry struck by car, 79-year-old driver injured

The Dover Food Pantry and Find It At The First Thrift Shop on the corner of Silver Street and Central Avenue sustained serious damage Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, when a car drove into the front of the building.

DOVER — Jennifer Spargo, director of the dover-food-pantry.html” data-t-l=”:b|e|inline click|$u” class=”gnt_ar_b_a”Dover Food Pantry, had just opened the doors to the dozen patrons waiting outside just 10 minutes earlier. She was in the back of the store in mid-conversation when she heard a loud crash and glass shattering.

“It all happened in slow motion,” Spargo said. “I thought the building was collapsing. I couldn’t see the car behind the racks of clothes. I just saw the window and ceiling fall.”

The building on the corner of Silver Street and Central Avenue sustained serious damage Tuesday, after a 2006 Hyundai sedan, operated by a 79-year-old man, drove into the front of the building, according to police. Nearly the entire car entered the shop. 

The Dover Food Pantry and Find It At The First Thrift Shop on the corner of Silver St. and Central Ave. sustained serious damage Tuesday, when a car drove into the front of the building.

There were at least 10 people in the store at the time, but no one inside was injured, according to police. The driver was transported to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Spargo said she didn’t realize the crashing noise was a car until she heard someone shout to check on the driver.

Spargo said if the car had been a few feet over, or if the accident had happened just 10 minutes sooner, “it could have been a lot worse. It was very rattling for sure, but we are really fortunate that everyone walked away.”

While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, there is no evidence impairment was a factor, police said. No charges have been filed at this point, Dover police Lt. Mark Nadeau said. 

The pantry provides food and personal care items to anyone in need in the Dover, Lee, and Madbury communities. Items are distributed from the storefront every Tuesday and Thursday. The Dover Food

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I’m a thrift shop lover – I turned an old $2 dress into a stunning corset and skirt in just a few steps

A FASHION guru has revealed a quick trick to upcycling cheap dresses into a stunning set.

TikToker @fybmstudios transformed a simple thrift store dress into a trendy top and matching mini skirt.

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This thrift shop lover made an amazing set out of a $2 dressCredit: TikTok
User @fybmstudios showed off her inspiration before going to work


User @fybmstudios showed off her inspiration before going to workCredit: TikTok
TikTok users were obsessed with her style and talent


TikTok users were obsessed with her style and talentCredit: TikTok

The seamstress first showed off a turquoise gown in her″video that has earned nearly 1.5million views.

She said her plan was to use the knee-length dress to make a matching set.

The TikToker was inspired by a trendy corset top that has a plunging neckline and thick straps.

First, she cut out the zipper in the dress so she could reuse it for her mini skirt.

Then, she took a large portion of fabric from the front to create her corset.

“I’ve gone ahead and cut out all my pattern pieces, and now I’m going to sew all the sides of my pieces together using a straight stitch,” For You By Me Studios said.

After sewing all the pieces together, the seamstress added boning in between the fabric pieces for structure.

Finally, she used the remaining fabric of the dress to create a mini skirt with a high slit.

“This is the full set,” the TikToker announced,

“Obviously, it’s a very scandalous slit for that’s fine.”

TikTok users

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South Shore thrift shops enjoy burst of popularity as shoppers push for sustainability

Fueled by back-to-school shopping ads for  big-box stores and  a constant flood of hot new trends on social media, modern-day shopping habits often feed the flow of fast fashion – the production of low-quality, low-cost clothing.

But  as interest in thrifting and consignment shopping grows among young consumers, there’s a new group of influencers: young adults and even school-aged children sharing their finds from local thrift stores and larger chains such as Goodwill and Savers. Smartphone apps to help discover the best secondhand finds are thriving, and local store owners say young people are sparking conversations about sustainability and low-cost alternatives to shopping new.

The Designer Diva Boutique in Abington, owned by Kristen Harris, features consignment clothing in all sizes Friday, July 29, 2022.

The Designer Diva Boutique in Abington, owned by Kristen Harris, features consignment clothing in all sizes Friday, July 29, 2022.

One of those local merchants, Cathy Dubois, owner of Twice as Nice Designs in Pembroke, said her customer base has gotten younger and younger over the last few years, and her Facebook following continues to grow.

The market for shopping secondhand is expected to  keep growing, says a recent report from online used clothing seller ThredUp. The market in the U.S. is predicted to double by 2026,  bringing in about  $82 billion that year. ThredUp found that 62% of Gen Z and millennial shoppers are searching for items secondhand before buying them new. Those two groups represent an age range of about 10 to 40.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent data from 2018 shows that about 17 million tons of textiles were generated that year and around 66% of ended up in landfills. Only around 15% of the textiles were recycled. 

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Shopper’s vintage ‘murder lamp’ becomes #CrimeTok mystery

A woman who was excited to show off her cute vintage find was shocked when it ended up being a case for the sleuths of TikTok.

Paige Nicole posted a clip of a brass lamp online, initially thrilled with her cute find before revealing a mysterious stain under the removable lamp shade that looks suspiciously like blood.

“Well that was unexpected,” Nicole captioned the clip that’s been viewed over 6.2 million times —thanks to TikTok’s burgeoning”#CrimeTok community, which boasts over 8.4 billion views as civilians try to solve mysteries.

Nicole posted follow-up videos after TikTok followers and a family member in law enforcement told her to apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain. The amateur detective was informed that if it bubbles, it’s blood — not a spilled soda like she’d hoped.

The TikToker turned crime investigator confirmed the stain did appear to bubble and fizz, meaning it more than likely is blood.

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Paige Nicole was thrilled when she found the perfect vintage lamp in a thrift store.
When she lifted off the outer shade she realized something was strange.
When she lifted off the outer shade, she realized something was strange.

“I just wanted to throw it out there that I am not a forensic pathologist,” she declares in a video. “I’m going to be using hydrogen peroxide and a UV light.”

In updates for those invested in her murder mystery, Nicole said she informed the local police department of her disturbing find and also reached out to the thrift shop, who said its donations are anonymous.

However, she said it’s unlikely the investigation will go any further, especially given as it was in the thrift shop for almost a month and had

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Annual Art Sale helps Aspen Thrift Shop give more to the community

People look at the goods during the preview event on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, ahead of the Aspen Thrift Shop’s annual art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen. The main sale is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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Chances are you have contributed something over the years to the Aspen Thrift Shop. Saturday is your chance to buy something cool and keep the virtuous circle of giving going. Yes, the annual Art Sale is here, Saturday, and you only have so much time, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You may have benefited from the proceeds. The 73-year-old organization run exclusively by women has given hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to community service groups ranging from A to Z — ACES to Youth Zone — just from the trash-to-treasure cycle the thrift store fosters.

Katherine Sand of the Thrift Shop explains: “We alleviate locals of their stuff, because we all have too much of it! Sell it to people who need it at super-low prices — it’s about the only place you can buy truly affordable clothes and goods in Aspen, and donate the proceeds back to the community.”

The Art Sale, which Sand started eight years ago, will add its bit, around $30,000, to the kitty for organizations and scholarships at the end of the day.

What’s there waiting at the Red Brick Center for the Arts? Maybe better to ask what isn’t. Art! Of course. Books, paintings, photographs, posters, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, ceramics, pots, pans, the whole artful kitchen and sink, no doubt.

People look at the goods during the preview event on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, ahead of the Aspen Thrift Shop’s annual art sale at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen.
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What Valuables Should I Look For at Thrift Stores?

If you’ve ever visited a thrift store, chances are you either loved it or hated it. Perhaps you’ve visited a thrift store with a menagerie of dust-covered objects from decades past or items that are so well-worn you wonder why they weren’t just thrown out. Or maybe the thrift stores you’re used to are more organized and carefully curated.

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One thing’s for sure: When you visit a thrift store, you must have the patience (and knowledge) to sift through lots of items to uncover a gem. The question is: What makes a thrift store find valuable?

“The reasoning of why these items are a good investment depends on when something is trending,” said Brynn Wren, a retiree who visits thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales to find collectibles for cheap and then resells them for a profit on eBay.

“For example, collector plates were once worth a lot, but even (though) they are older now, there is little interest and they aren’t worth much,” Wrenn said. “The items that hold the most value will often hold high sentimental value to people, especially if the item is from their childhood.

For example, Furbies are now starting to become more valuable as millennials age and they become sentimental about their childhood. Vintage teacups used to hold lots of value; but, as the generation that grew up with them dies off, they don’t hold the same value.

Basically, knowing when to sell or hold onto an item will also dictate its value, in addition to its rarity, so check out what’s selling on eBay regularly — or wherever you plan on selling your items.”

Here are some of the items

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Pennies for a Picasso? Check out these 20 thrift store finds worth up to $200 million

Pennies for a Picasso? Check out these 20 thrift store finds worth up to $200 million

Pennies for a Picasso? Check out these 20 thrift store finds worth up to $200 million

Ever find yourself attracted to an item at a thrift store, but you’re not sure why? Maybe you have a good eye for value and are on your way to making the next unbelievable flea market find.

Treasures worth thousands or even millions of dollars turn up at secondhand shops every so often. Who knew spending at Goodwill could be such a smart investment?

Grab a shopping basket and follow along as we count down 20 of the most valuable items — worth up to $200 million — that turned up at thrift stores and other odd places.

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20. The poster that was a Picasso

Signed Picasso poster found at an Ohio thrift shop

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Zachary Bodish found that his poster was possibly a signed Picasso print.

When Zachary Bodish was browsing through a Columbus, Ohio, thrift store in 2012, he came across an old poster for a Pablo Picasso art exhibit. Thinking it was a cool-looking reproduction, Bodish decided to snag it for $14.

After looking closely at some red markings on the poster and doing a little research, Bodish realized that what he had on his hands was possibly a signed Picasso print.

He was able to get “a pretty darn good return” on his $14, Bodish told The Associated Press. That was after he sold the poster for $7,000.

19. The double feature in a picture frame

Part of a poster from the 1930 movie All Quiet on the Western Front

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Stouffer found an original poster from this film, the 1930 Oscar winner All Quiet on the Western Front.

Art dealer and collector Laura Stouffer enjoyed nosing around in secondhand stores. On a 2007 visit to thrift shop in Summerville, South Carolina, she found a framed print of a painting from the mid-1800s.

She liked it and it

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There’s a new thrift shop in Tacoma where you can get discounts, help folks in need

Tacoma Rescue Mission receives an overwhelming amount of donations to help its clients out of poverty.

The homeless shelter nonprofit came up with a solution to maximize all of the donated clothes and household items: a thrift shop. Mission Thrift, 2502 6th Ave., opened last month. The store is open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

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Mission Thrift, a new thrift shop operated by the Tacoma Rescue Mission, opened last month and sells donated clothes and household items to help fund the efforts at the nonprofit’s homeless shelter, recovery program and career development program.

Darrin Miller, social enterprise director, said Tacoma Rescue Mission uses at most 3 percent of items donated. The thrift shop will allow the rescue mission “to make the most of donations that we receive and be able to generate revenue and go back to our clients and those in need in the community,” he said.

Mission Thrift sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothes, including sports jerseys, toys and games, shoes, purses, home decor, kitchen appliances and dishes, lamps, furniture and more. Customers can come across rare finds, like a Star Wars spatula.

Clothing at Mission Thrift starts at $1.99 for T-shirts, jeans are $8-$20 and North Face jackets are $49.99. Kitchen utensils and small plates are priced at 99 cents, and dishes are $1.99-$4.99. Airfryers range from $9.99 to $29.99, and KitchenAid stand mixers range from $59 to $99. Toys and games are 99 cents to $9.99. A sectional couch is about $119, a recliner is $55-$99 and a

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