Over three weekends, the four Thrift 2 Fight team members visited 9 New York State cities where they sold donated clothing to raise money for local racial justice organizations, LGBTQ2IA+ initiatives, and disability rights advocates. The team was hosted for free by the Unitarian Universalist church, Syracuse Center for Peace & Social Justice, OAR of Tompkins County, The Op Shop, ROOM, Academy Green Park, Beczak Center for Urban River, and 3 Dollar Bill. The sales were possible with the help of 52 volunteers, serving 568 customers, giving a second life to 1303 items, diverting 813 lbs of clothing from the landfill, and raising $12,840 in total. One hundred percent of the revenue was donated to these organizations.
About the Tour
After experiencing success with pop-up sales this past year and receiving overwhelming support from our community, we were encouraged to expand the Thrift 2 Fight movement.We applied for the Davis Projects for Peace grant with a proposal: in June, our team would organize a “Thrift Tour” through the New York State to raise money for grassroots racial justice organizations.
This March, The Davis Projects for Peace announced its winners – and we learned that we will be receiving $10,000 in funding to organize the tour. We will travel to 9 cities and towns in New York State with a goal to raise double the grant amount, $20,000 for racial justice, climate activism, and prison abolition work local to each sale.
If you live in any of the cities listed above (or know anyone who does), mark your calendars and spread the word about the Tour! At each of our sales, you get the chance to donate clothing, connect with local activists, shop for great secondhand finds, and even get a ticket to a Thrift 2 Fight gift card raffle.
You can join us! We are always expanding our team and looking for volunteers to help with outreach, social media, marketing & administration. Email us and we will be in touch.
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