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Thrift shop at Seattle retirement community provides residents with opportunities

The Monday Market at Horizon House offers a variety of goods like housewares and electronics. Sponsored by Horizon House

Thrifting is gaining in popularity — and a local retirement community offers its own upscale, nonprofit thrift shop.

The Monday Market at Horizon House sells gently used items donated by residents. Items include furniture, books, jewelry, clothing, accessories, electronics and housewares. 

“The market is just like the heartbeat of Horizon House because we raise about $85,000 a year, and that money goes to fund all of the fun things we get to do here and educational things,” said Susan Barash. 

These opportunities include performances by music groups or theater groups, political forums, books in the library, artwork and parties for residents. 

The market has about 40 to 50 volunteers, and everything that comes in gets dusted, cleaned, repaired or polished. The Horizon House staff represents 30% of market customers. 

“It’s one activity that every single person in Horizon House participates in in one way or another,” said Cami Pelz Elbow. “Either they donate things, shop here or volunteer here.”

Horizon House is dedicated to dignified aging, life fulfillment and service to the broader community. To visit the Monday Market, you currently have to be a sponsored guest of a resident.

To learn when the market will open to the general public, keep an eye on the Horizon House website

Sponsored by Horizon House. Segment Producer Joseph Suttner. Watch New Day Northwest 11 AM weekdays on KING 5 and streaming live on KING5.com. Contact New Day

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