Thrift stores helping people


City-wide garage sales have come and gone twice this year. If you still have stuff to get rid, or if there is something you wanted but couldn’t find, don’t worry. There is a solution!
Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) has thrift stores in Mankato and New Ulm. They take gently used items and sell them at a low price. And the profits help support people reight here in Sibley County.
The new New Ulm store is located at 1607 S. Broadway. Store hours are Sunday noon – 4:30 p.m.; Mon. & Thurs. 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The phone number is 507-359-8009.
The Mankato store is at 482 Raintree Rd. Store hours are Mon., Wed., Fri., & Sat.: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tues. & Thurs.: 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sun. noon – 4:30 p.m.
Donations are accepted from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mon., Wed., Fri., & Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tues. and Thurs., and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sun.
The stores cannot accept: carpet remnants, humidifiers/ dehumidifiers, hazardous materials, air conditioners, encyclopedias, exercise equipment, microwaves, computer monitors, mattresses, large appliances, or televisions. Contact Tri-County Solid Waste (507-237-4321 or 4352) for information on disposal of these items.
MVAC is a non-profit community action agency that provides services to Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan counties. MVAC’s Gaylord office is located at 110 6th Street.
The agency provides the “bootstraps” that help people pull themselves out of poverty — such as viable transportation, employment training, and education. MVAC also helps people in need of basics like energy assistance and emergency housing assistance.
Supporting the MVAC thrift stores, and therefore it programs, is another way to help your neighbors help themselves.