Spring Brings New Thrift Store For IFRM

Kaden Golden, Staff Writer

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    On April 6, the Idaho Falls Rescue Mission welcomed the public to their new thrift store, First Street Thrift. After nearly six months of renovation and many hours of hard work by volunteers, the old Burtenshaws building has been transformed into an enterprise that will provide much needed funds for programs and services to the homeless in our community.

    “Watching the radical transformation of this building, its has become a cool illustration of what the mission gets to be a part in the lives of the men and women who come through our doors every day,” stated thrift store manager and IFRM community relations director Kelly Golden. “It is a privilege to a part of impacting people’s lives in a way that will change the future of their family for years to come.”

   The store features a boutique style design with a very warm and inviting atmosphere that capitalizes on the immense amount of natural light provided by the buildings design. Walking through the store it is obvious that the designers put an extra emphasis on being unique in how they displayed the merchandise.

   As for the prices, they were very reasonable and most of the merchandise was gently used or brand new. They also hired some new employees who all genuinely seem to enjoy their jobs, as well as engaging with the customers that come in. They are even willing to negotiate prices if you ask nicely.

    Over all First Street Thrift seems like a first class win for IFRM.