Common Threads: Resale with a Mission
Common Threads, a new resale store with a unique mission, is excited to open its doors at 22049 Lorain Avenue in Fairview Park with a Grand Opening celebration June 24-25. The store will carry all types of quality goods for bargain prices, including adult and children’s clothing, toys, small housewares and appliances, and more.
Weaving together a love for thrift with a charitable mission, Common Threads will not be a typical thrift store. Started as the first social enterprise venture of Building Hope in the City (BHITC), a Cleveland faith-based nonprofit, Common Threads will serve as a workforce training center for some of the people BHITC serves, including at-risk youth, adults in transition, as well as refugees and immigrants.
With sections for higher-end and niche merchandise, the store hopes to distinguish itself through a superior customer experience paired with unbeatable finds. “Common Threads is resale done right,” said Jeff Stredney, Director of Social Enterprise. “Shoppers can expect great items at bargain prices in an expertly designed retail setting.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Ann Patton will be held at the store at 10 a.m. on June 24 to mark its grand opening. The 2-day opening celebration will include featured fashions curated by the students of Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, using the store’s merchandise exclusively. Attendees will also be eligible for random prize drawings and specials taking place throughout the two days. To learn more about Common Threads and the mission behind BHITC, visit www.commonthreadsthrift.com or www.buildinghopeinthecity.com.
Common Threads is working with trusted fashion industry veterans for guidance on store layout to ensure the best possible customer experience, but the true success of the store depends on the quality of merchandise for sale – merchandise donated by the community. Common Threads accepts donations of gently used clothing, home goods, books and many other items at its store. All donations are fully tax-deductible if brought to the store in person. Donation hours (before the grand opening) are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A complete listing of accepted items can be found on the store's website.
Jeff Stredney is the executive director of Common Threads, the first social enterprise venture of Cleveland nonprofit, Building Hope in the City.