This month, TurnStyles Thrift Store celebrates a remarkable milestone – its 20th anniversary.
A ministry of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, TurnStyles Thrift was born out of a growing desire among donors to provide household items to those in need. As the number of donations began to exceed the demand from our neighbors, an idea took shape. On February 14, 2004, TurnStyles opened its inaugural brick and mortar store.
What started as a way for Catholic Charities to collect and distribute donations has grown to become an affordable shopping option for families in need, as well as a place sought out by those who enjoy thrifting for unique and vintage items.
Over the last two decades, TurnStyles Thrift has flourished beyond expectations. Revenue annually exceeds $2 million and all funds continue to be channeled directly into Catholic Charities’ extensive array of programs. Today, the social enterprise now operates four locations: two in Overland Park, one in Mission and an antique booth at Glenwood Antique Mall.
“In the past decade or so, thrifting has grown in popularity. Environmental impact and reducing the amount of clothing filling landfills is an issue of importance to our shoppers, who have helped fuel the success of our store,” said Keisha Gracius, Senior Director of Social Enterprise Operations.
Not only a place to shop, TurnStyles Thrift has also become a way for the community to engage in the mission of Catholic Charities through volunteer work. At TurnStyles Thrift, volunteers make up 95% of store operations. Countless families, students and corporate organizations have volunteered throughout the years, helping to sort and tag donated items, assist customers on the sales floor, run the cash register and even help appraise and sell items through TurnStyles Thrift’s online eBay store.
TurnStyles Thrift has become a beloved community institution, thanks to the commitment of our donors and volunteers who generously contribute their time and effort to the mission of Catholic Charities.
“It’s heartwarming to see the dedication from our store staff and volunteers. They do a wonderful job of making our customers feel welcome,” Gracius added.