The thrift store situation in the Mankato area is a competitive one. With MVAC, MRCI, Goodwill, the Salvation Army, VINE Faith in Action and others all running thrift stores, there’s competition for not only donations but also shoppers. Condon said she hopes all the thrift stores remain successful, but she hopes the new store will bring in more revenue for MVAC because the proceeds go to its programs.
MVAC is a government-funded entity that helps people cover heating costs or other bills when they’re struggling.
The new location opening is coinciding with a new car seat recycling initiative the store is launching called Greenseats.
Car seats are made with a kind of plastic that isn’t accepted by local recycling centers. Condon has started an arrangement with McLeod County -- which does accept such plastics -- and they’re now advertising the store as a collection point for unwanted car seats.
“In this day and age? Are you kidding me?” Condon said. “We can send a guy to the moon, but we can’t recycle a car seat.”
Used car seats are not allowed to be sold at thrift stores.