Summary of Our First Missions Trip – Spring 2017

First of all, THANK YOU ALL for making the Thrift2Gift-Garner Store first missions trip possible.  Your continued support will help us help more children globally.

The trip covered the dates of May 15, 2017 – June 2, 2017.  I wish we would have had more time and resources, because there were so many children and families in need of help.  The organizations we supported on this trip were:

Happy Life Childrens’ Home,  Sheep Care Community School,  James 1:27 Strategic Missions, Heart of Mercy Orphanage and Musa Otieno Organization.  

We were able to carry a total of 8 large suitcases full of supplies.  The airlines charged us $200 per bag, which affected our ability to buy much needed rice, vegetables, flour, etc., for some of the families.

We were able to collect from our loyal customers and partners,  items such as sanitary napkins, panties, boys underwear, tee-shirts, soap, deodorant, books, pencils, pens, candy, knitted baby caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, coloring books and crayons.


Our next trip will be in October 2017, only 3.5 months away.  We need serious financial donations to make this trip possible.  Our goal is to help a couple of the school girls, ages 11 and 13; they both have AIDS and need medication, as well as new school uniforms. 

We also want to ship books over ahead of time because of the massive weight of the books.  The books will help expand the school’s small library collection. This  will cost money.

PLEASE help us now by giving financially.  Go to http://www.KAECmissions.com  and donate generously. We NEED to focus on the finances first, then in August, we will start collecting supplies.

Thank you all so much for your love, support, encouragment and shopping with Thrift2Gift-Garner store on a weekly basis.  Please spread the word about us.  We really need more customers to shop with us in order to remain open.

Feel free to donate your gently used items, such as…..DVDs, CDs, Books, Household Items, Sheets, Towels, Men Shoes, Men pants, small size furniture items, and picture frames.

Stop by and see us soon. Remember to check our FaceBook page each week and find out the Word of the Week; use the Word of the Week to receive your discount when you shop. 

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The Thrift Life Chose Us…

Earlier this past week my son wrote on a white board …”The Thrift Life Chose us, we did not Choose It”. I instantly fell in love with that sentence. Thrifting really did choose us. It literally changed our lives. I have spent the past 49 years spending no less than $80 on a blouse; not to mention bottoms, dresses and shoes. An average outfit cost me $200 plus. Why? I was addicted to name brand clothing and the idea of making others rich, while I go deeper into debt.

I don’t exactly remember when thrifting became my friend. She slowly and quietly came upon me over a period of two years. 


As a mixed media artist, I would go to thrift stores to buy “treasure” for my abstract art addiction. I would never go near the clothing. But one night in the year of 2014, I dreamed about operating a thrift store. Since I was busy in ministry and traveling as a missionary, I ignored the dream. But the dream did not ignore me. 

The needs at the school we support in Kenya were increasing and money was decreasing. And the thrift store was upon my heart again. So I started visiting thrift stores with a different perspective.  The grace of God gave me the desire to look beyond my art focus and see the stores. It was like a light came on in my brain and I saw everything as amazing treasure.


I wanted in! I talked to many thrifters and thrift store owners. I prayed for guidance and the thrift life became a very close friend. It was the answer to the crisis in Kenya and in my local community. 


As you already know…..thrifting is a game changer in so many ways.  Thrifters get to buy a $5 North Face jacket, that the previous owner paid $149 or more  for. As thrifters, we pay that $5, then take it to the cleaners for $3.75 and it’s like new. And we ROCK IT! ☺️. You do the math. 


Now we have money to travel the world and help others…. yeah!  

The Thrift Life introduced me to Do It Yourself (DIY) projects and I love it! Many Thrifters buy furniture, frames, books, toys, jewelry and much more, and literally transform the items. 

I did not choose the thrift life, it chose me and I am so glad it did. If you have not tried it, it’s time to go thrifting. Grab a friend and give it a try. If you are in Garner NC area, check us out at 322 McCormick Street. Our store is clean, neat, smells nice and so much fun! The merchandise is awesome and inexpensive. Check out our sister store in Cary, NC. 

Until next time….CHOOSE THRIFTING!