Salvation Army launches online thrift store in Michigan on June 1
A dozen years after putting its Holiday Red Kettle online, the Salvation Army in the Detroit subway is opening an online thrift store.
“We are delighted to finally be moving in this direction,” said Randall Polsley of the Salvation Army on Monday, adding that this is helping the charity achieve its long-term goals. “This launch is long overdue.”
The non-profit organization’s e-commerce website, shopsastores.org, will launch on June 1.
Online retailers such as Poshmark and Thredup reportedly flourished throughout the pandemic as people cleaned out their closets and thrift stores – people who shopped at thrift stores and consignment stores – scavenged for their smartphones to do their shopping. purchases.
Goodwill, another nonprofit that collects donations, then sorts, prices and resells them through its network of retail stores, has been using online technology to sell old clothes since 1999.
The Salvation Army said on Monday that it had spent years “researching and exploring the idea of expanding retail operations with an online presence” and that it had finally done so with the online retailer eBay help for Charity and Upright Labs.
The nonprofit said its online storefront aims to “complement retail operations conducted in physical stores” while providing “an affordable, sustainable and creative way to shop from the comfort of one’s own home. home ‘and mobile devices.
The profits go to the men and women who ask the charity for help.
The Salvation Army said the new website will give savers and bargain hunters another way to find “unexpected treasures” among a wide variety of clothing, shoes and even jewelry.
The organization traces its work to Detroit back to 1883. Records show that the Adult Rehabilitation Center started with four wagons in 1895 and grew rapidly. He now has 31 thrift stores in Southeast Michigan.
In 2009, the organization began offering a new Facebook app to boost its holiday donations. The Red Kettle Online has made it possible for people to organize their own Salvation Army fundraiser by donating online.
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