The Thrift Store Cycle at Savers

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When we reuse and recycle responsibly, the people and the planet benefit in exponential ways. We call it The Savers Cycle, and it’s how we’ve done business for nearly 60 years. Our for-profit company partners with local nonprofit agencies to make sure the funds stay local. Here’s how it works.

DONATE

Our nonprofit alliances contact people in the community to ask for donations of reusable clothing and household items. We pay our nonprofit alliances based on the number of boxes and bags of merchandise they’ve collected from you and then deliver to us. In the same way, we also pay our nonprofit alliances every time you donate gently used goods directly at our stores via Community Donation Centers.

REUSE & RESTYLE

All donations get sorted by our store teams and only the highest-quality reusable items are value-priced and merchandised according to department, style and size. After that, the items are ready to sell.

AROUND THE GLOBE

The majority of items that don’t sell are shipped to developing nations through both wholesale and philanthropic efforts. Individuals in developing countries can then create their own marketplaces that service citizens who rely on affordable, quality merchandise.

THE BENEFITS

TO THE COMMUNITY

  • Last year, we paid our nonprofit partners and their programs more than $180 million to fund their programs and services. To date, we've paid more than $1.5 billion over the last 10 years.
  • Customers also benefit by getting access to quality used goods at a great value.

TO THE WORLD

  • Individuals in developing countries around the world can now create their own marketplaces in which to conduct commerce.
  • As a result, other individuals in these countries have a resource where they can find used, affordable merchandise.

TO THE PLANET

  • We’re doing our part to save our planet from the 20-billion pounds of used clothing and textiles tossed into landfills each year.
  • Our recycling program prevented 600 million pounds of unsold merchandise from ending up in landfills last year.

KEEP THE CYCLE GOING

Participate in the The Savers Cycle by bringing us items you no longer need and picking up a few treasures we may have.

 


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