If the little store (that is so much more) is a little buffed up, there is a good reason. Because of its big heart, The Common Closet Thrift Store was voted the BEST THRIFT STORE IN MINNESOTA through a poll sponsored by WCCO TV’s Best of Minnesota!!
The newest trophy, added to Wabasha’s illustrious and growing list of tributes, is being celebrated by its dedicated staff, volunteers, and customers, and offers one more luring incentive to stop in and shop local!
Natalie Nyhus, WCCO’s Best of Minnesota anchor and reporter, dropped in for her first visit to Wabasha last Wednesday to confirm herself that this honor is well deserved. She, along with photo journalist Joe, received a warm Wabasha greeting from many thrifty supporters who had spruced up the store for its TV debut.
One of the first to sing its praises was loyal customer Michelle Babcock, who described Wabasha as a cross between Huckleberry Finn and Norman Rockwell. “I came here to support the community,” said Michelle. “How can you not find a thrill when you find a darling skirt for four dollars, and that goes right back to the community?”
“It is real thrill,” cheered Jeani Wodele, board chair of Wabasha Area Community Resource Center (WACRC), the non-profit organization that founded The Common Closet six years ago. “The recognition affirms our strong presence and support in our community. Our store may be small, but it making a difference in our community.”
The store offers benefits for many-a venue for repurposing donated apparel, furnishings and goods and quality products at affordable prices for all. Most importantly, a large percentage of store sales are paid forward to help fulfill the mission of WACRC-to supply or provide information for acquiring life’s basic needs, including, clothing, food, shelter, socialization, and a safe and healthy environment. This goal is realized by offering direct assistance to individuals in need, and funding and grants to collaborating Wabasha-Kellogg schools, organizations, and agencies that align with WACRC’s purpose and mission. So, far, Common Closet sales have funded scholarships, farmers’ market food vouchers, homework coaching, activities fees, swimming lessons, backpack program, and many other resources and programs that help low-income children, families, and seniors.
WCCO’s visit not only spotlighted the treasure trove of good deals that line the store’s shelves and racks, it highlighted the greater good that profits those need it most. During Natalie’s visit, board member Carol Scott and store manager Jennie Lynch presented Colleen Hansen from Three Rivers Community Action with a $5,000 grant to provide emergency assistance to residents of Wabasha-Kellogg who are facing hardships and need a leg up to move on.
“The honor of being the best thrift shop in Minnesota is shared with our tremendous team of volunteers who donate countless hours to our cause,” adds Jennie. “We are the best because they are the best!”
Natalie’s Best of Minnesota feature aired on WCCO’s news broadcast at 10:00 pm on Thursday and 8:00 am on Saturday. It also can be accessed on WCCO’s website.
If you can’t get enough, check out The Common Closet Facebook page for more photos.
Ref: Wabasha County Herald, Wednesday, May 25, 2016