I heard about the store when it first opened, but had not been motivated to check it out until a friend shared an update with me showing shelves full of hand-dyed yarns at half price or less. (You'll have to listen to the podcast to get the full story.)
I took my kids and they, being children of a crafty type, were excited to dig through the treasures. Their treasures: an unused journal for $3 and wire cutters for $1. They even got a little education seeing film slides and the projector like we used to use in the old days. My imagination ran wild with the old photographs and film reels wondering where they came from and what interesting finds were in those images. If you ever read the book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, you'll understand how old photos can have a story of where they came from or be part of a fantasy story yet to be written.
When I visited again for the podcast interview, I was surprised to see two young men shopping alone. One was looking for fabric to use as a blackout curtain for a photography project. Last week I sent a friend who found out they had a stash of dollhouse accessories. People come in looking for specific things or just to see what treasures are available.
The owners and managers really put an effort into making the shop and donations shopable. It would be easy to make it a big free-for-all, but the shop is well organized to help shoppers find specific things. They even go to the effort of repackaging beads and small pieces to make sure shoppers can make the most out of their finds. Imagine having to dig through a bin to find 20 tiny matching beads.
I hope there is a movement to build more shops like this throughout the country and the world. There is so much STUFF in the world, especially in the US that gets bought and barely used, it feels good to find a place like this that recognizes that we can do better.
Enjoy more photos of the treasures on the shelves at ACR.