As the economy continues to struggle, the market for second hand, or thrift merchandise is growing in the twin cities. To accommodate that demand, the Home Sweet Home Ministries is extending it's hours, and has a new 24 hour donation center at Washington and Euclid Streets. Sabrina Burkiewicz with HSH says there will soon be another way for people to donate used items, attended donation centers. Burkiewicz says it's an idea they got from a Syracuse New York ministry:
"And that ministry took small like construction trailers, and made them look really nice, and they had a partnership with local grocery stores, and they would put this trailer in the parking lot, and they would staff it with either a volunteer, or a paid staff member, and that would serve as a drop off point for people in the city. And they had them all over the city.."
Burkiewicz says the Mission Mart thrift stores in Bloomington and Lincoln are also extending their hours, and are now open from 6 O'Clock in the morning until 8 O'Clock at night Monday's through Saturdays.
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