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Thrift Store

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Nicole Greenspan

on 15 March 2011

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The Problem/Need Mission, vision, theory of change Methodology Funding/financial sustainability Social impact The Clothes Loop Mission: To provide a central, institutionalized location to encourage the Stanford community to engage in a more sustainable lifestyle
Vision: To create a culture of economic, social, and environmental sustainability in the Stanford community.
Theory of Change: Creating a thrift store or free store on campus that is a convenient, environmentally, socially and economically sustainable way to start to "close the loop". No location for campus community to discard used items in a convenient, sustainable, socially conscious manner, thus much goes to waste every year.
Money-strapped students frustrated by the lack of cheap, convenient shopping options at/around Stanford for college essentials (clothing, books, housewares, etc.) and no sufficient transport to off campus venues. Student Body Survey Results Solution Possible solutions?
Online exchange/sales? Need to know exacts, inconvenient, sellers limited time frame
Thrift events? Never enough people... too much energy...
Thrift store!!!

Benefits the community by providing inexpensive college essentials for those who lack appropriate funds, transportation, and anyone who wants to get rid of items in a convenient, more sustainable way. It also furthers Stanford's commitment to sustainability and reducing waste on campus!
Before Spring Quarter
Meet with ASSU President on Friday to secure space
Meet with leadership of SSS, GLC, Sustainable Fashion, FUSION, and other relevant groups to develop a partnership plan for volunteers.
Collect donated items from students going abroad

Spring Quarter
Set up the room with volunteer help
Collect more donated items
Decide upon and set up accounting system and daily operations system
Open Thift Store at VisioneARTh!
Collect all thrown out items on moveout day to be sold in the Fall.

Beyond Spring Quarter
Connect with arts groups on campus
Engage community with swap events (books, clothes, etc)
Call attention and potentially partner with other events (Tridelt Denim Drive, etc) Startup Capital

SSS, GLC (~$1,000)
Possible additional capital from Green Fund (~$2400)

Expenses (some items may be provided by SSE):
Renovating space (i.e., paint)
Supplies (wracks, hangers, etc)
Pricing tools

All donations-based (possible incentive(s): tax deduction, store credit that is % of value of donation, % off next purchase)

Workforce (at least initially):
Cashiers are volunteers (possible incentive(s): store credit, discount...either way they get dibs on stuff, and dibs on job if/when becomes paid)
Large sorting events w/ lots of volunteers may be necessary, get them from student groups (i.e. SSS, GLC, Sustainable Fashion, Nourish)

General pricing (i.e., $2 for t-shirts), color coded tags w/ date of put out for sale, then color indicates what month it came in...after one month, that color tag goes on sale, after 2 months it is donated
Debit/credit card only (square.com) Measuring Quantity: Cashiers will tally the number of customers who come in during their shift to help assess the demand for the store.

Feedback: We will encourage cashiers to chat with purchasers and find out what they like/dislike about the store. We plan to have periodic meetings with the volunteers to get feedback. Customers can also provide feedback via a comment box in the store or online via a website/email address.

2 years:
Connect with more groups on and off the Stanford campus to promote increase in inventory turn-over and volume

3 years:
Start other programs that promote sustainability (bike re-use, etc)

5 years:
Have established programs including the thrift store, bike re-use program, etc.

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