TALK­ING SHOP

Re­vive of­fers more than great deals on fur­ni­ture—this thrift shop is help­ing break the cy­cle of poverty.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - BY EMILY IRBY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY LU­CAS PETER­SON

RE­VIVE THRIFT SHOP IN ST. LOUIS, Mis­souri, has a lit­tle some­thing for ev­ery­one. It is part thrift store and part bou­tique, and it also has a great pur­pose: Re­vive was cre­ated by Mis­sion St. Louis, a non­profit founded by Josh Wil­son 11 years ago. Mis­sion St. Louis has cre­ated pro­grams to in­crease one-on-one in­ter­ac­tions with stu­dents, helps peo­ple reen­ter the work force and hosts char­ity events. Store man­ager Jance Staten caters to two au­di­ences by stock­ing the shop’s shelves with newer and trendy pieces along­side the gen­tly loved items. She stresses the im­por­tance of cu­rat­ing a qual­ity col­lec­tion and the thought process be­hind that. About pric­ing, Jance says, “Is this some­thing I would ... be okay pur­chas­ing at this price? A lot of it is a con­science de­ci­sion.” With cus­tom-made dis­play pieces, Re­vive looks like an up­scale bou­tique, but it’s af­ford­able. Re­vive does more than sup­ply qual­ity fur­ni­ture and cloth­ing; it also reaches out to the com­mu­nity it re­sides in. Most of the mer­chan­dise comes from do­na­tions from peo­ple in the neigh­bor­hood, and Re­vive co­or­di­nates pickups to make it that much eas­ier for peo­ple to do­nate. Lo­cal fur­ni­ture stores pitch in too, by re­fer­ring their cus­tomers to Re­vive to do­nate the pieces of fur­ni­ture they just re­placed and no longer need. The work that truly sets Re­vive apart from other thrift stores is its part­ner­ship with Mis­sion St. Louis to cre­ate jobs for men who were pre­vi­ously in­car­cer­ated. These in­di­vid­u­als have the op­por­tu­nity to com­plete an in­tern­ship at Re­vive and learn about de­sign, how to pro­vide cus­tomer

With cus­tom-made dis­play pieces, Re­vive looks like an up­scale bou­tique, but it’s af­ford­able.

ser­vice and the work skills needed in a re­tail set­ting. Once fin­ished with the in­tern­ship, many men choose to pur­sue em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties there. Re­vive is just one of 20 com­pa­nies that work with Mis­sion St. Louis to cre­ate ca­reer and in­tern­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for the men in the job pro­gram. The store also re­ceives help from vol­un­teers. Visit Re­vive Thrift Shop (re­vivethrift.org) at 2202 S. Van­de­ven­ter Ave., St. Louis, Mis­souri, (314) 776-7520, or shop on­line at squareup. com/store/re­vivethrift, which has a more limited range of items avail­able.

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