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Business Spotlight – Savers Thrift Store


This week’s Invest Aurora Spotlight features:  Savers, a for-profit, global thrift retailer offering great quality, gently used clothing, accessories and household goods. While Savers stores sell great products at affordable prices, what separates them from other thrift retailers is their business model that helps local non-profit organizations and local community groups raise funds for their noble causes.

This program is called FUNDrive and allows non-profits and charitable organizations to collect goods and then sell them to Savers. Savers buys the collected donations from organizations by the pound. Roughly 400 kitchen size bags of soft (clothing, shoes, linens etc.) goods equates to about $1,000. Many Aurora organizations have already used the program to help raise funds for badly needed materials. For example, Torres Boxing Club recently used FunDrive to start an after school mentoring program which has a goal to create a safe place for youth to escape negativity, drugs, and gangs.

The amount of funds raised is up to the organization. Cathy Porto, Area Development Manager for Savers, says that some organizations have raised over $5,000. Others have raised a few hundred dollars because that’s all they need. Porto believes the program is so effective because of how easy it is.

“It doesn’t require door-to-door sales, investing your own money, or hosting a large event. The program simply asks people to clean out their closets and cabinets. Donors are naturally more willing to part with items when they know they’re going towards a good cause.” says Porto.

Savers’ focus on reuse and recycling, keeps over 650,000,000 lbs. from landfills annually. Items that don’t sell after approximately 2 months are boxed up and sent to developing nations where resources are desperately needed.

For those that seek to raise funds, treasure hunt for affordable clothing and goods or who are looking to clean out their closets, Savers is the perfect place. To find out more information about the programs available, please see the contact information below.

Christina Campos

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