Class boards attempt to set up thrift shop


When sophomore class board member  Eamon McMahon envisioned helping others, he didn’t imagine working with another class. However, recently, he has done just that. The sophomore class board has teamed up with the junior class board to hopefully organize an in-school thrift shop for the week of Feb. 10.

“The decision to collaborate on this has benefited the planning because it has expanded the range of opinions and point of views,”  McMahon said.

Proceeds from the thrift shop will go toward helping out North Lawndale College Prep, a charter school in a poverty-ridden neighborhood in inner city Chicago.

“The profits from the thrift store, if it happens, will go to buying materials for a service project that we will do at the school, just to make something more personal with our involvement in helping out,” said junior class board member Jessica Weed.

Weed has been the main organizer of this event, which was inspired by someone from North Lawndale College Prep who the class boards have worked with. However, to make the thrift shop possible, enough clothing donations must be made.

Students can donate clothes in bins placed at the front, pool, and science doors this week.

“The thrift store all depends on how many clothes we actually are able to gather and we are still waiting for confirmation that we would be able to sell during lunch periods,” Weed said.

In addition the types of clothes donated must be taken into  account. For example, winter clothing would be greatly appreciated and would likely serve a better purpose as donations to North Lawndale.

“Even if we have an excess of clothing we still may skip the thrift store because clothing may be more useful for the kids,” Leahy said.

At the moment the thrift store is planned for lunch periods in the  cafeteria and prices should be comparable to actual thrift stores. Any cash donations or unsold inventory will also go to North Lawndale.

“Prices will be extremely marked down just like a regular thrift shop, but we will determine distinct prices based on the inventory we receive,” Weed said.

Weed believes that the idea of a thrift shop will draw interest from students and make the fundraiser successful.

“I think this is a unique fundraiser because it is very original. This hasn’t really happened at our school before. It is a twist on a regular clothing drive by adding the ‘thrift store’ aspect. We hope that will attract kids into being interested,” Weed said.

Thrift shops have been growing in populatrity because of the appeal of cheaper and more unique goods has made thrift shopping more popular. “Thrift shopping is affordable, and it’s funky and stylish at the same time,” said Sofia Grajal-Puche, junior and thrift shopper.