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AMERICA'S THRIFT STORES

On a Mission

America's Thrift Stores aims to increase its charitable contributions to Christian ministries
to $100 million over the next 10 years by growing the business. BY RUSS GAGER

America's Thrift Stores
is celebrating its 30th
anniversary by contributing
$100 million over 10 years
to its ministries.

Ken Sobaski, CEO
www.americasthrift.com
Irondale, Ala.

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ho says profits just make rich people
richer? Not when they are going to
seven charities that help people with
substance and domestic abuse, adolescent adjustment and family care challenges in the
United States. That is the mission of America's Thrift
Stores' 18 store locations in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana, which process up
to 2 million donations of clothing and hard goods
monthly from more than 2,300 locations.
Each store stocks and displays thousands of "gently used" items, approximately 70 percent of which
are clothing and the rest is hard goods. "The range
is from 4,000 items at the small store level to 15,000

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at one of our larger stores," CEO Ken Sobaski says.
"The way the thrift business works is if it hasn't sold
within four weeks, it's not going to sell. So the number of items in the store fully rotates in four weeks."
Merchandise that does not sell after four weeks is
removed from the store weekly.
"That is making room for the new things coming
out that week," Sobaski points out. "A thrift store is
very much a high-volume, high-velocity retail operation. Our largest store is a $6 million store. Most
retailers in the world would love to have a $6 million
retail store."
Located in Alabaster, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham, that store has approximately 10,000 square feet


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