Friday, January 6, 2012

Closet 2 Closet

     Because Benedictines have always valued sustainability, some of us volunteer at Closet 2 Closet, a nonprofit thrift shop in downtown St. Joseph whose mission is, "Reuse, Reduce, Recycle."  Run entirely by volunteers and relying on donations, any profits benefit the city. The first contribution was a bicycle rack on main street purchased together with the area's Collegeville Community Credit Union.

The shop  offers hospitality and fosters a sense of community.  Browsers and customers frequently comment on the warm welcome they receive, and on how much they enjoy the frequently added new items. I have met many new people from the local and larger area, and made friends with a German speaking elderly gentleman who checks out the book section every Saturday.

Among other things, you will find: DVDs, clothing, household items, dishes, cutlery, small appliances, toys, jewelry, greeting cards, picture frames, craft supplies, vintage items, student art, and more.

Closet 2 Closet is located in  the former Loso grocery store and shares space with the Minnesota Food Market, an organic food coop open to everyone.  Stop by to browse and chat. 

Katherine Kraft, OSB

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