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Secondhand goods reduce waste, give hope to those in need

SPONSORED — When Deseret Industries (DI) opened in 1938, four guiding purposes were put in place: First, those who have will be given another opportunity to help those who have not. Second, waste will be reduced by keeping our possessions in use as long as possible. Third, the work of renovation will employ many now unemployed. And fourth, articles in common use, of good quality, will be available at low cost.

Still the driving forces for the company, DI now spans 43 stores across the western third of the U.S., with two in the Seattle area – Shoreline and Federal Way.

Another key initiative of Deseret Industries is to train its employees for lives of self-reliance. As a nonprofit program owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, DI functions also functions as an employment-training center. At each of its locations, DI employs and provides on-the-job vocational training to residents of local communities, giving them the skills, certifications and training to succeed in a wide variety of career fields. Through partnerships with community colleges, applied technology centers, and other institutions DI associates can gain training in accounting, information technology, health care, and other areas.

Additionally Deseret Industries strives to be a good community member by reaching out and partnering with local nonprofits who assist those in need. Through grants and vouchers, individuals are able to come to DI stores and get personal and household items. The DI Shoreline store has ongoing partnerships with Catholic Community Services, the Center for Human Services, YWCA Pathways for Women, Hopelink, and Low-Income Housing Institute, to name just a few. The Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC) in Seattle is the Shoreline store’s largest partner.

“There is a serious need for the charity that gives attention to those who are unnoticed, hope to those who are discouraged, and aid to those who are afflicted,” said Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “True charity is love in action. The need for charity is everywhere.”

In celebration of the summer season of thrift shopping, the Shoreline DI store is hosting an Open House on Saturday, July 8, complete with food, music and giveaways. Open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., a free lunch (provided by Dante’s Inferno Dogs) will be served from noon to 2 p.m.

The store is located at 17935 Aurora Ave. North in Shoreline.

Shoppers can also enter to win a 60-second Shopping Spree, where one lucky shopper will have the chance to fill a shopping cart with as many items as possible within one minute. The Shopping Spree is at 1 p.m. Additional giveaways will immediately follow the shopping spree.

DI, known for its breadth of merchandise, will be overflowing with quality secondhand goods that day, receiving shipments from across the 43-store chain. Restocking of merchandise will happen throughout the day. It’ll be a thrift shopper’s paradise with goods ranging from clothing to furniture to toys, books, housewares, sports equipment and even tools. A particularly large quantity of jeans, shirts and books will be in the store on July 8.

Additionally, shoppers will find ongoing promotions throughout the summer. Every Monday senior citizens receive a 15 percent discount; every Wednesday all jeans will be $4; and every Friday shoppers can fill a bag for just $10.

Deseret Industries is one of the larger thrift stores in the Seattle and both stores accept donations, providing tax slips to each donor. For more information, visit

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