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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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Vernon’s Animal Auxiliary Thrift Store wins Fox charity van wrap competition – Vernon News

The second year of Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical’s ‘Wrap a Van for a Cause’ community promotion saw more entries in the first week than the entire charitable campaign last year.

On Thursday, Fox announced this year’s winner – Vernon’s Animal Auxiliary Thrift Store.

Fox has had one of its service vans wrapped with auxiliary signage that will stay on the vehicle for a full year.

As well, company owner Ted Fox said 5% of the year’s sales generated from that vehicle will be donated to the auxiliary.

The thrift store‘s Gina Barzan said she was “shocked” to learn of the win.

“I didn’t even know we had been nominated,” she said.

“This is amazing … for the exposure we will receive.”

The animal auxiliary helps humans as well as pets and livestock in times of need, from weekly meals for seniors to helping with veterinary bills, and evacuating livestock during wildfires.

Barzan said the organization’s profile has risen since recent large fires in the Southern Interior and a move to bigger premises in downtown Vernon.

“People know who we are now, and this will help,” she said.

Fox said the charity program has been “a crushing success … we couldn’t keep track of the vote count.”

More than 12,000 votes came in during just the first week.

“The biggest thing we can offer is exposure,” he said, noting the company’s fleet travels all over the Okanagan.

“It’s a rolling billboard.”

Last year’s winner, North Okanagan Community Chaplaincy, collected a donation of $3,500 and will have its wrap on a Fox van for an additional year, as that vehicle was off the road with mechanical issues for a couple of months.

Spokesperson Chuck Harper said the donation and exposure is “a huge help.”

The chaplaincy

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With opening of Ashley furniture, Kochville has no vacant big-box stores

KOCHVILLE TWP, MI — Ashley Outlet is now open along Kochville Township’s Tittabawassee Road corridor, putting to use one of the township’s last remaining vacant commercial spaces.

The furniture store recently opened in a more than 70,000-square-foot facility located at 2272 Tittabawassee Road in the Bay Valley Shopping Center.

“We don’t have any vacant big-box spaces anymore in Kochville, so it’s been a great turn of events in the last 12 months or so,” said Kochville Township Manager Steve King. “We’re just excited.”

King said the new Ashley store will be two stores in one: the Ashley Outlet store and a regular Ashley Furniture store still to come.

“The main store is coming in future weeks,” King said.

In the last year and a half, the township has seen at least 250,000 square feet of vacant space repurposed with Planet Fitness opening in the former Gander Mountain, Gardner White opening in the former Art Van, Value City Furniture opening in the former Toys R Us, and Volunteers of America Thrift Store opening in the former Gordmans, King said.

While the township’s largest commercial spaces of 10,000 square feet or more are now full, some smaller spaces of a few thousand square feet each are still available, he said.

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Downtown Saginaw staple ‘dawn of a new day coffee house’ to close

Merna’s is the newest restaurant to join downtown Saginaw’s SVRC Marketplace

Volunteers of America Thrift Store now open and accepting donations in Saginaw

Business growth on Tittabawassee Road ‘a great sign for the region’

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Weekend sales proceeds from Station 10 Thrift Store will be donated to Turkey relief efforts, KFR says – Kamloops News

A North Shore thrift store will be donating this weekend’s sales proceeds to assist with earthquake relief efforts underway in Turkey.

In a social media post, Kamloops Fire Rescue said residents can participate in the fundraiser by purchasing items from Station 10 Thrift Store on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. People can also make a monetary donation onsite.

“Emergency responders from around the globe, including firefighters from here in B.C., are continuing to work diligently in Turkey, trying to located and recover further survivors from the catastrophic earthquake,” KFR’s post said.

“This weekend (Feb. 18 and 19), Station 10 Thrift Store in Kamloops, working together with the Kamloops Firefighters Charitable Society and GlobalMedic will be donating all proceeds from sales on those days to Turkey earthquake relief efforts.”

More than 35,000 people have died after the 7.8 magnitude quake on Feb. 6, which devastated parts of southeastern Turkey and neighbouring Syria.

KFR said GlobalMedic has a rapid response team working in Turkey, providing a response which includes six water purification units which provide clean water for 2,000 people per day.

Family emergency kits, solar lighting and hygiene kits are being flown to the area, with food kits and inflatable field hospitals being prepared for deployment.

“You can directly help these lifesaving efforts by stopping in at Station 10 Marketplace (455 Tranquille Rd., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) this weekend,” KFR said.

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Castaways Vintage Cafe combines healthy food, thrift store finds

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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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Vernon thrift store wraps first place in van contest

Gena Barzan was shocked to find she had won a contest from a Vernon electrical company.

Barzan is a director for the Animal Auxiliary Thrift Store in Vernon, the 2023 winner of Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical’s Wrap A Van for a Cause. Fox wraps one of its service vans with a charity or non-profit organization’s logo for the entire 2023 calendar year, with five per cent of revenue generated by that van going directly to the charity selected for the entire year.

Animal Auxiliary Thrift Store is the 2023 chosen one, and Barzan, managing director Dale Christie, and five of the store’s nine volunteers were on hand at Fox Thursday morning, Feb. 16, to collect the van.

“This is a big deal for us, a huge deal,” said Barzan. “This is going to go to the disaster fund. The five per cent this van will generate will go into a fund to help support during disasters – floods, fires, whatever, we won’t have to make an immediate plea like we did in the last wildfire (White Rock Lake, 2021).

“It went absolutely nuts. There was no contingency, but the local communities came together and we put together tons of animal feed and cages. You name it, we had it, ready to go within three hours.”

Figuring out which charity or non-profit will be the benefactor is the best part of the promotion, said company owner Ted Fox, who announced the winner. Nominations from the public began Oct. 31 with up to 32 nominated organizations being accepted. The field was set and a tournament-style bracket was built for head-to-head voting.

Voting kicked on Nov. 28 through Fox’s social media platforms.

“It was a crushing success this year,” said Fox, decked out in a Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical hockey sweater

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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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Ferris, Texas man finds possible authentic JFK photo

“How this could have ended up in a small town thrift store, fascinates me,” said George Rebeles of the original Polaroid photo he found.

FERRIS, Texas — A man in Ferris, Texas, made an unusual discovery in perhaps one of the most unusual of places. He’s now asking if the nearly 60-year-old image of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas might have some investigative or even monetary value. 

“I was shocked. I was shocked,” George Rebeles said from his home in Ferris. “And that’s putting it mildly.”

His shock came from a trip to the Souls Harbor Thrift Store in downtown Ferris. He waded through the store’s collections of used furniture and appliances and knick-knacks of all kinds, to reach a pile of music CD’s.

Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Anthology, was the 1970’s treasure he found.

“Oh yeah, they’re consistently good,” he said of the Canadian rockers — whose hits like ‘Taking Care of Business’ and ‘Let it Ride’ have spanned generations.

But, perhaps a month later, he opened it.

“It wasn’t until I turned it over that I noticed what it was.”

An original black and white Polaroid photo was inside the CD case with the date 11-22-63 handwritten on the back. It was an image of the JFK motorcade on that fateful day.

“Of course realized immediately that this was an unpublished photograph. So I was excited,” Rebeles said. “It just struck me as odd to find it in a CD case.”

“The timeline, and where it fits in to the President being assassinated,” he said of one of the many questions he had. “And how this could have ended up in a small town thrift store, fascinates me.”

Fascinates someone else too. Another Farris. This time Farris with an “A.” 

Farris Rookstool, III, is the former

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