Springville Deseret Industries thrift store
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On Thursday, October 27, a brand new Deseret Industries will be opening in Springville and you better believe that we are going to be there! I had the opportunity to take a sneak peak at the items and it looks incredible. There are many brand new items as well as gently used items that they will be selling.

I think most of us who live in Utah have heard of Deseret Industries because of one reason or another. Growing up, it was the place I’d go with my mom while she looked for antiques. Now as a mom, it’s a place I go often to drop off all of the things my children have grown out of:  toys, clothes, and shoes. For me, it’s just a good way of getting rid of the things we don’t need anymore and I always knew I was serving by giving it away but I had no idea how it actually worked.

Recommended by Bishops, volunteer leaders in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, people can take a recommendation to Deseret Industries that says that they have been recommended to receive employment through Deseret Industries. Up until a couple weeks ago, I always believed it was disabled people or people who had colorful backgrounds and needed to try to get back into the workplace. NOT TRUE!

Deseret Industries employs those who generally have been out of work for a period of time and are looking to find a job and/or increase their education. These associates may come from any background, even having had a 6-figure income at one point in their life, and helps them become employable again. They help pay for education and help them receive the skills and training they need to get the type of job they want.

Donated items are sold from Deseret Industries at affordable prices helping everyone involved. Because all of the items are donated, new things are coming in constantly so just because you don’t see something you’re looking for while at the store, it might go to the sales floor later that day or later that week, you just never know.

Items generally spend somewhere between 4-6 weeks on the sales floor. If they are not sold in that time, they are put into large pods and sent to the Humanitarian Center in Salt Lake. Those clothes are sorted into groups for different countries according to what they can wear and their needs.

If the items cannot be sent to the Humanitarian Center, they will be sent onto other recycling programs. Everything goes somewhere.

Recenly we wrote about shopping at Deseret Industries for Halloween clothes. Here is more information about the Springville store opening:

Thursday, October 27:
9:30 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting with Springville Mayor Wilford Clyde and other local officials,
Cosmo the Cougar, Miss Springville, and the Springville High School Marching Band
10 a.m. – Doors open; Music and free balloons all day; Tote bags given to first 500; Photos with Cosmo until 10:30 a.m.

Friday, October 28:
10 a.m. – Doors open; Music and free balloons all day; Tote bags given to first 500
7 – 8 p.m. – James the Mormon (outdoor mini-concert, includes meet & greet)

Saturday, October 29:
10 a.m. – Doors open; Music and free balloons all day; Tote bags given to first 500
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Photos with Cosmo the Cougar