SOURCE: Savers Inc.

April 18, 2008 09:00 ET

Savers/Value Village Secondhand Stores Celebrate Earth Day With Donation Drive

Unique Business Model Offers Full Cycle of Benefits to Non-Profits, Shoppers and the Environment Alike

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - April 18, 2008) - With spring here and Earth Day ahead, it's time to take a new look at secondhand and go green while earning green for local non-profits. Savers, an international for-profit thrift chain, also known as Value Village in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and all throughout Canada, will hold a nationwide Earth Day donation drive April 22-25, 2008 in an effort to remind people to responsibly recycle their spring cleaning clutter. Donations benefit local non-profits, and during this special drive donors will receive a coupon for 20 percent off a future purchase -- helping to encourage the full cycle of green-friendly shopping habits by consuming reused goods.

All 200-plus stores in the Savers/Value Village network accept donations of gently used clothing and household items during regular store hours year-round. The donations support non-profit organizations which Savers/Value Village aligns with in each of the communities it serves. The non-profits are paid for all items received at the store, so the more donations brought in, the more funds the charities receive to support their crucial programs and services. A complete list of non-profits affiliated with each store is available at http://www.savers.com/alliances/nplocator.php.

"Since 1954, Savers has operated under a unique business model in which both people and planet win; in our more than 50 years of operation, we have paid out more than $1 billion to our non-profit alliances," said Ken Alterman, President and CEO of Savers and Value Village stores, which are attributed with helping establish the thrift store model. "With greener lifestyles top of mind, we have seen a shift in more people visiting our stores in an effort to embrace environmentally friendly consumption habits. Thrift stores are a natural place to donate goods you no longer need and purchase reusable items -- thereby completing a full circle of benefits to people and planet by reusing and recycling responsibly.

Savers/Value Village sorts all donations it receives at the store, and value-prices the highest quality items suitable for resale. The remaining merchandise is responsibly recycled as mixed rags and other reusable materials through third-party vendors. A portion of the merchandise is also shipped to developing nations where it benefits people in need. The Savers/Value Village recycling program prevents more than 280 million pounds of unwanted goods from entering landfills each year.

Savers receives a large volume of reusable goods, stocking 5,000 new items daily on each retail floor in its 200-plus store network. This creates an endless selection of affordable, quality secondhand items for shoppers.

"Shopping at Savers and Value Village is not only a charitable and environmentally friendly way to recycle, but a great way to stretch those fashion dollars," said Steph Watts, Savers/Value Village lifestyle expert. "Whether looking for fun, everyday style or one-of-a-kind pieces, secondhand stores provide a full range of style options for just a few dollars each. Shoppers can find fashion-forward head-to-toe outfits for under $20, and it's not uncommon to find merchandise with original tags still attached."

Savers/Value Village suggests the following tips to find the best secondhand buys:

--  Hit the accessories - fill your closet with fun brooches, bracelets,
    scarves, handbags and more for just a few dollars each!
--  Go vintage - check labels and fabric for ever-popular authentic
    throwbacks, which sell for much less at thrift stores versus vintage
    boutiques.
--  Keep an open mind - creatively make pieces your own with a new
    hemline, fabric dye, or some added embellishments. A little wrinkled?
    Imagine it washed and pressed hanging in your own closet.
--  Know the sales days - many thrift stores offer discounts on certain
    tagged items weekly, while 50 percent-off sales are not uncommon. Sign up
    for store E-newsletters to keep up with sales.
    

For those wishing to visit and donate during the Earth Day drive, Tues., April 22 - Fri., April 25, Savers/Value Village accepts donations during its regular store hours. One coupon will be provided per household for a minimum donation of one full bag or box of clothing or household goods. The 20 percent-off coupons can be applied to a future purchase, and must be used by May 11, 2008.

Savers/Value VIllage accepts reusable items including clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, electronics, books, toys, house wears and bedding. While guidelines vary from store to store, in general the stores cannot accept construction materials, flammable products, large appliances, automobile parts, food, mattresses, large console televisions, weapons and hazardous waste. Visit www.savers.com for store locations, hours, shopping tips and more donation information.

About Savers, Inc.

Founded in 1954, Savers, Inc. is a privately held for-profit international thrift store chain with more than 200 locations in the United States, Canada and Australia. Also known as Value Village in the western United States and Canadian provinces (and as Village des Valeurs in Quebec), the company benefits more than 120 local non-profit organizations by purchasing and reselling donated items. The result has been more than one billion dollars directly paid to non-profit organizations. The company employs more than 10,000 people in 23 states, 10 Canadian provinces and Australia. Visit www.savers.com for more information.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Regan O’Leary
    Duo PR, for Savers, Inc.
    206.706.0508
    regan@duopr.com