For many people, experiencing "thrift" store guilt is a tough and essential part of being a New Yorker. It is especially hard when a city is filled with stores trying to hock second hand stuff for luxury prices. And although that pair of corduroy jeans you always pass by in the aisle seems like such a one-of-a-kind item, deep in your heart, you know that a few blocks away there is a similar pair of pants sitting on a hook in Salvation Army for a third of the price. Of course, you buy them anyway. But after a long cycle of restraint and submission, many "thrift" and vintage store junkies will ask themselves, well, what's the point? With Cure Thrift Shop though, who were founded on the basis of selling clothes to provide contributions toward charity, they have found one for you.
Cure Thrift Shop is a non-profit store located on 111 East 12th Street that was founded by Liz Wolff. Wolff was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes when she was only 11 years old. Combining her love for dumpster diving, yard sale, and thift store scouring, Liz began Cure Thrift Shop as a way to wed her interests to help raise money and to end juvenile diabetes. According to their website, her mission is to dedicate her life to finding a cure for diabetes. By donating its money to the Diabetes Research Institute, Cure Thrift Store is how she is trying to do just that.
Of course Cure Thrift Shop is no Goodwill, but they are also not without their own bargains. For instance, there is a popular $1 day where customers are urged to bring their own bag, and scour through a small mountain of clothing and accessories that are only $1 a piece. Although not everything is always this cheap, you can always be certain that your money is being donated to a worthy cause. Anyways, what better reason to divest your money than to help find a cure for a life threatening illness?
The Diabetes Research Institute is the only national organization devoted soley to finding a cure for diabetes. Not only have they been consistently recognized as one of the most fiscally responsible and efficient organizations in the country, but the DRI are also creating some of the most cutting edge medical technology to help fight diabetes. For instance, they have recently developed something called the BioHub, which is a "mini-organ" that acts as a live pancreas pumping insuliun into the body of a person with diabetes. If you would like to help them continue their research, you can make a direct donation to the DRI by visiting their website here.