Secondhand shop second to none

September 19, 2012 by  

Donations to a local used clothing retail store continue to work in the community. The Used Clothing Center in Princeton has released figures from its 2011-12 year end and reports that 31 cash donations have been made to community initiatives, amounted to $12,410.

The proceeds of clothing sales are collected and donated once a year. The largest cash donation of $2,000 was given to the local Princeton food bank, with $1,000 allotted to the July 4 fireworks committee in Princeton and another $1,000 lump sum to the Mille Lacs County Historical Society.

The Princeton Used Clothing Center, located in the south mall, is completely volunteer-driven, directed by a volunteer board of directors. Leone Davis of Princeton is current chair of the governance board. Approximately 75 volunteers sort incoming donations of family clothing and handle the retail sales, as well as banking. In addition to clothes, the center accepts home décor items, books, CDs, and videos on DVD or VHS. Princeton printing companies may be getting behind community initiatives like this by offering non-profit discounts for poster printing for store windows and flyer printing for direct mail pieces advertising end-of-season clear out sales.

The year end tally was announced at a banquet held on September 5. Bonnie Anderson was honored by the board of directors as the top volunteer, as voted by their peers.

Other smaller gifts of $500 went to local charities and organizations, including Princeton schools, Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, and Recycled Wardrobe.