Rockford’s oldest thrift shop

Staff Report

Looking for household items at bargain prices? Don’t forget to check out Crusader Thrift Shop, 310 Seventh St., the oldest thrift shop in town.

In 1964, shortly after Lutheran High School was established, a group of women opened their garages for an ongoing garage sale, with the money to be used for things the school needed. At first, they were open only one day a week, then later on two days a week.

In 1970, the 80 volunteers moved to 511 W. State St. and were open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with two shifts of volunteers. Later on, the store moved again to 911 E. State St., where they were already open five days a week. In 2001, because of high rent, Crusader Thrift Shop moved to its present location at 310 Seventh St. on the ground floor of Valkommen Plaza. When fewer volunteers were available, the store hours changed to 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Parking is available in a lot across the street or two-hour parking on the street.

The store is neat, clean and well organized. Floor clerks are ready to assist you. All items are donated by people in town, and many of the items are almost like new. All proceeds go toward tuition to help children enrolled in Lutheran schools.

From the Dec. 19-25, 2012, issue

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