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Clothes and furniture find new life at Red Racks Thrift Stores. Through donations, the staffers at the store's 13 locations fill their racks and shelves with thousands of second-hand items for kids and adults, including name-brand garments from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, The Loft, and Donna Karan New York. They also stock furniture and other miscellaneous goods, such as books and home décor.

And something odd happens when these items arrive at checkout—the register doesn't ring up any sales tax. That's because Red Racks is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds go to benefit the Disabled American Veterans, an organization that has advocated on behalf of veterans for more than nine decades. Red Racks' altruistic mission has proved successful so far—the inventory of each store typically turns over every 3–4 weeks.

11015 Olive Blvd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

It's an age-old story: kids outgrow their clothes before parents really get their money's worth. Children's Orchard has helped out for more than 30 years, giving parents the chance to resell gently used kids' clothing and furniture. Their buying policy is both accommodating and attentive to quality—Children's Orchard will take items up to five years old, even if they're out of season, as long as they're brand-name and in good condition (no rips, stains, excessive fading, or previously called dibs by younger siblings). To ensure safety, a recall check is performed on each item. Anything that can't be accepted can still be left with Children's Orchard, who passes along items to charities and gives customers a tax receipt for their donation.

Certain stores offer walk-in buying, sometimes guaranteeing a quote in as little as 20 minutes. Customers are paid in cash, and can be offered up to 40% more in value if they choose to take their payment in the form of store credit. Regulars can enroll in the M.O.M.S. Club, which grants members early notification of special events, after-hours shopping opportunities, and birthday gifts for kids.

1278 E Republic Rd
Springfield,
MO
US

A garden of denim, jewelry, and accessories, Pulse blooms in a corner of the Chesterfield Oaks Shopping Center. Fresh, seasonal looks from such designers as Kings of Cole, Red Haute, and Young Fabulous & Broke make up the bulk of their stock, but Pulse features more than flashy dresses, pants, and tops. Shoppers might pick up a flashy Swarovski-crystal-studded Cardinals cap, or a personalized growler waiting to be filled with craft beer.

1644 Clarkson Rd
Chesterfield,
MO
US

The founders of Generation Gems started their company with one product in mind: a single bracelet for moms and grandmothers bearing all the names of their kids or grandkids. Today, they engrave all sorts of gifts for a more personalized touch, including key chains, travel mugs, and more.

254 Northwest Blvd
Fenton,
MO
US

The Glass Workbench?a stained-glass and glass-making specialty store?began as a family-owned enterprise in 1975. Back then, owners Glen and Joanne Bishop chose an old-style building on South Main Street to create their shrine to the age-old art of glassmaking. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the building's 2-foot-thick Burlington limestone walls enclose the shop's inventory of supplies and books about glass arts. They also house mosaic stained-glass artworks by Julie Bishop Day, Glen and Joanne's daughter, who developed the stepping-stone technique for glass decoration. Local crafters take advantage of glassmaking workshops and admire the work of the staff's resident artisans, whose custom stained-glass pieces portray nature imagery and legendary moments in history such as when Ben Franklin invented Windex.


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318 S Main St
Saint Charles,
MO
US

The secret to Mica Beauty Cosmetics is how simple the radiant powder actually is. It has no talc, oils, chemical dyes, or preservatives. It's made of natural minerals with high levels of antioxidants that help skin combat signs of aging while making the face look flawless. The all-natural cosmetics line includes foundation, lip color, and eye makeup, including specialized eyeblack for offensive linemen with delicate skin.

2825 South Glenstone Avenue
Springfield,
MO
US