Thrift stores are like grab bags—they're ever changing, surprising, and often full of perfectly good college diplomas. Revel in the joy of impromptu treasure hunts with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of merchandise at Disabled American Veterans' Red Racks Thrift Stores, redeemable at locations in Kansas City, Gladstone, Independence, Blue Springs, St. Joseph, Joplin, and three locations in Springfield.
In business for more than 50 years and contributing 100% of profits to helping disabled veterans in their community, the Disabled American Veterans' Red Racks Thrift Stores sell gently used clothes, accessories, and household goods. Every store is replenished daily with up to 3,000 garments, and more than 1,000 other items, allowing shoppers to run their eyes over an ever-changing variety of duds and invent new creation myths about already-loved armoires. DAV thrift stores offer a rotating selection of items such as Levi's jeans (starting at $3.98), DKNY threads (starting at $4.98), and furniture including couches and tables (starting at $8.98)—and all purchases are tax-free.
Being an environmentally-amicable establishment, at least 80% of non-selling products are recycled, ensuring Mother Nature has plenty of materials for her next epic quilting project. Red Racks stores encourage customers to bring along any unwanted household items or clothing for tax-deductable donations, accepted at all locations.
Examiner featured the Blue Springs Red Racks Thrift Store location:
- From clothing to furniture, all money raised goes to disabled veteran causes, as well as operating expenses. – Jeff Martin
Red Racks Thrift Stores
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.