A thrift store that serves families and surrounding communities
I feel as though we live in a time when children are being forgotten. Everyday children are going without food, clothing, and even a roof over their heads. As parents we are on constant high alert. I constantly worry that someone is targeting my young daughter everywhere we go. Some would say this is just the time we live in. This is not a new problem, it's just a problem that is getting hidden underneath the constant political divisiveness, media coverage, and the insistent need for everyone to feel included.
I grew up poor, went to bed hungry many nights, and sexually abused by multiple people before the age of six. Physical abuse was just a byproduct of being a child of teenagers and multiple marriages.
New shoes and new clothes were rare. I remember getting excited to see big black trash bags in the back of my moms car when she came home from work. They were full of clothes from people that had cleaned out their kids closets. Those same feelings of anticipation hits me now when I open donated bags to sort into bins.
I was unable to play school sports because we could not afford the fees nor the gas to take me to practice. I would help my mom roll pennies at times to help with groceries or household bills. Christmas came with pencils, paper, and an old boombox my mother had in her closet that I would sneak into to play with. My mother cried that Christmas morning because that was all she could do. It still breaks my heart.
I go to goodwill and other thrift stores and notice they are now matching eBay prices. Every dollar matters to families in need. I want to open a place that provides next to nothing prices on good quality items. I want to see a child's face light up when they feel like they are getting something new. I want to see a parents relief when they go to pay and they still have something left in their wallet.
We are a for profit store. We want to become successful helping others. Our company's goal is to take a portion of our profits and give to charities that fit our mission. We want to help families who have fallen on hard times. Most of all we want to do everything we possibly can to shed more light on the importance of protecting our children, feeding our children, finding homes for our children, and ending sex trafficking.
Everything given to our store will be evaluated, cleaned, and marked at garage sale prices. That is our guarantee. Any items that we are unable to use will go straight to places such as missions and churches. Free formula and diapers will be available for those who are in need. We will also be a safe space for those seeking refuge and safety.
-Jessica Land, Owner of Lil Dipper's