Whether you’re an avid thrift-shopper or are just looking to refresh your wardrobe, hit up Sacks Thrift Store. Located on West Mendenhall, Sacks is the perfect place to shop for a variety of items such as outdoor gear, furniture, clothing, antiques, books and so much more. The store was recently voted the #1 Used/Thrift Store in the Bozeman Magazine Reader’s poll and was placed in the top four Best Kids Clothing Stores and Antique/Old Stuff Shops. 

Sacks is a nonprofit thrift store supporting Bozeman’s Help Center, Inc. (https://www.bozemanhelpcenter.org/) by selling public donations from community members and people who would rather have old items reused. According to its website, the store’s mission is to, “Provide major financial support for all Help Center programs, offer affordable merchandise to the local community [and] work with local service agencies to provide merchandise to those in need.” Sacks also “Encourage[s] responsible recycling of quality goods,” as well as “progressive and sustainable workplace practices for employees and volunteers.” Not only are you practicing sustainable consumer habits by shopping at Sacks, but you’re also supporting Help Center, Inc. programs such as Suicide Prevention and Intervention, the Sexual Assault Counseling Center and the Child Advocacy Center. The money spent on the wide selection of goods at Sacks Thrift Store goes right back into the community and is used to positively impact the lives of others. 

There are ways to support Bozeman’s number one thrift store that don’t require purchasing something or donating. Since Sacks is a nonprofit, volunteer work is very important for their ongoing success. According to the website, “Volunteers play a critical role in helping the stores keep operating costs down, which translates into more funding available for the Help Center and the Sexual Assault Counseling Center. Volunteering with us not only benefits Sacks, but the entire community as well.” Sacks offers a variety of volunteer positions that require varying levels of time commitment, and can also accommodate volunteer groups who want to give back together. Visit the website at http://www.sacksthrift.org/ to apply for a volunteer position or to learn more about these opportunities. 

Sacks is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and is open to receive donations on those same days from 11:30 a.m. until their donation box is full (donation guidelines are listed on their website). The store is only a 30 minute walk from campus and offers a half-price discount on all items on the first Saturday of every month. 

Next time you are on the hunt for new kitchenware or just want to go on a spontaneous thrift shop adventure with friends, head over to Sacks to find great items, shop sustainably and spend money in a way that feels good.