950 3rd Street, Suite 101 - St. Paul Park, MN 55071 - (651) 458-9786
Stone Soup Thrift Shop is your community store
Our thrift shop is run by staff and volunteers. Each possess a positive attitude and puts forth, great effort into presenting a wonderful place full of treasures and necessities for giving or for sale. When persons are referred to us for help, our staff and volunteers show respect and understanding for the fact they may be experiencing a difficult time in their life.
Anyone can purchase household items, Antiques, Bedding, Books, Clothing, Decorative items, Dishes, Furniture, Games, Jewelry, Puzzles, Records, Silverware, Shoes, Tools, Towels and many other items for very low prices. We constantly restock our shop with goods donated by people in the community. [learn more about items we accept for donation]
Giving back to the community
Besides being a great place to purchase and donate goods, we also provide assistance via vouchers to needy families and individuals.
During 2010, Stone Soup provided over $108,904 of free goods to those in need. This represented 49% of the store's inventory. Last year this trend increased to $147,294 or 57% of the store’s inventory. Included were dishes, bedding, and other items weighing 10,678 lbs. plus 349 pieces of furniture, all provided to them at no charge. This served 615 children, 574 adults, 53 seniors, *walk-in customers, community churches, and agencies, to become a bigger part of Stone Soup's service operation in today's tough economy. Of those served, 143 persons were homeless.
*On special days as customers entered the store there are bins and shelves filled with a variety of free usable items. Children love this, usually finding toys they can take home.
Stone Soup maintains the delivery of supplemental assistance including: free bread contributed by Panera Bread on Tuesday and Saturday, and donated produce during summer months.
The store provides brush-up training for the Washington County Senior Work Program, and for Minnesota WorkForce participants. Youth and Adults perform court ordered community service in our store…often returning as volunteers because they liked what they did so much.
Striving to be green
Another goal is to reduce landfill waste and renew resources by our recycling efforts. With help of volunteers, quality products are returned to the community.
We feel good about helping and it shows
Some quick statistics...
* In 2008, we gave good valued at $54,274 back to the community, while serving 321 adults and 385 children.
* In 2009, we gave good values at $80,140 back to the community, while serving 356 adults and 496 children. Please contact us to learn more about how we can help.
* In 2010, we gave good values at $108,904 back to the community, while serving 403 adults, 487 children, and 35 seniors.
* In 2011, we gave good values at $147,294 back to the community, while serving 574 adults, 615 children, and 53 seniors.
Please contact us to tell us other ways we can help.
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