Thrift stores have been around forever. Blues City Thrift is a new concept based on an old idea.
While many are set up to help different charities, what makes Blues City Thrift different is every dime the store makes in profit, goes back out to local charities. And, the items that are donated are not the kind of stuff that would otherwise end up at the dump.
Tom Frazier is heading up the mission. His background includes mission work in Eastern Europe, Africa and India. He was also a college pastor at First Evangelical Church and has owned and operated a number of successful businesses. He was approached by some friends with the idea for Blues City Thrift and was quick to join the effort.
"It had actually been in the back of my mind, to find some way of supporting local charities from a business side. Start a business and use every aspect of the business, whether it's the product you provide, the people that you hire or even what you do with the money after you sell to do good," he says.
That is exactly what they have done, taking donated gently used clothing and household items and recycling them back into the community.
Proceeds from the sales are used to hire workers from the community. The profits are then used to fund local faith-based charities that provide support for Memphis families and children in need, from the community for the community to the community.
Jeff Hulett is with the Church Health Center, one of the charities that supports the Blues City Thrift Store, "I actually picked up a cord organ here last week. I'm a musician and I picked up some high quality dresses for my little girl. This is a high quality thrift shop and I think Memphis is really going to love it."
The Blues City Thrift Store is on Quince just east of Kirby.