190 N Broadway St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
On the corner of Chicago and Broadway is Retique, which is owned by Goodwill. Retique is different from other Goodwills as it has boutique clothing and household goods while still sticking true to thrift store pricing. The layout of Retique is even different compared to a standard Goodwill; Retique is a smaller space that appears more like a department store than a secondhand resale shop. Milwaukee Magazine has titled Retique as Best Vintage Shop and made it on WISN Channel 12’s A-List. Head over to their website to learn more about shopping with a mission.
Milwaukee Adult Rehabilitation Center
324 N Jackson St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Just a few blocks Northeast of Retique is the Salvation Army thrift store. Since 1865, the Salvation Army has helped twenty-three million Americans every year to overcome poverty, hunger, homelessness, sex trafficking, domestic abuse, and drug and alcohol abuse. The goal of the Salvation Army is to meet human needs without discrimination. Globally, the Salvation Army has a presence in one hundred thirty countries. To learn more about the Salvation Army’s History, navigate to their website and click on the “About Us” tab at the top of their website.
729 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215
Value Village is partnered with Mercantile Thrift Stores Incorporation to provide income for the Military Order of Purple Heart Service Foundation. All profits are sent to assist veterans and their families throughout Wisconsin and the United States. The first Value Village was established in 1969 on Green Bay Avenue and Concordia. Exceeding forty years of operation, the charity has grown to have four storefronts. The stores provide clothes and home goods at economic prices and employs over one hundred and fifty people.
Goodwill Store & Donation Center
1716 Miller Park Way, West Milwaukee, WI 53214
A Boston-area reverend had the idea to fight poverty with trade skills and not charity to give the unemployed and poor a chance to work and earn money. During the 1890s, the government had no programs in place to help people in need. Reverend Edgar J. Helms was focused on giving folks a hand up and not a handout. With that said, Helms went to the neighborhoods of the better-off and started going door to door asking for donations of clothing, furniture, or anything the rich could spare. By October 1919, Goodwill Industries began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The work gave people with disabilities a sense of dignity, independence, and hope for the future.
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
2320 W Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215
Saint Vincent de Paul seeks to end poverty and hunger by means of human interaction and the involvement of its global members. The international organization of catholic followers works with an attitude of justice and charity for the less fortunate. Any sort of face-to-face cooperation that furthers human dignity and integrity is considered an act of Vincentian. Following The Society’s focus of putting a stop to hunger and poverty is their need to discuss the reasons people end up impoverished and hungry in the first place. Saint Vincent de Paul has forty-five locations in Milwaukee County. Volunteers of any faith are invited to make and serve food or donate their time and abilities to work the thrift stores.