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