Common Threads Thrift

 Common Threads Thrift, located at 22049 Lorain Road in Fairview Park opened last month and the fine folks over there invited me to check it out and host a giveaway for my thrifty readers. Anytime I visit a new thrift store, I find myself looking for a few certain elements (you can read about these elements here). Here are a few reasons why I loved this new thrift store and think you will too.

They offer employment as a new start. As much as I love a good deal, it’s always important for me to know the story behind a thrift store. Common Threads is a social enterprise of a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization and the net proceeds go toward Building Hope in the City. Many of their employees are affiliated with the the nonprofit, including refugees and immigrants. Being a child of immigrant parents, this is incredibly inspiring to me.

bright and simple dressing room decor at Common Threads Thrift

It’s bright and cheery. A bright and uplifting environment was one of the priorities for Common Threads, according to Jeff,  director of the social enterprise branch of the nonprofit. Walking into Common Threads, you don’t feel like you’re at a typical thrift store, making it an ideal setting for new thrifters.
Affordable prices. You all know I love a good deal so I set out to see what I could find for $30. I went home with the dress featured in this post ($8), a baking tool, a brand new toy for my nephew, a dress for my niece, a cross body purse, and a pair of sweatpants. Not too shabby!

The selection is just right. I’m always looking for a balance between new and vintage items and Common Threads nailed them both. There’s also a rack of designer pieces, perfect for those on the hunt for brand names or those who don’t like thrill of the hunt and like to get right to it.

The decor. Nothing gets me quite like minimalism decor (other than thrift store prices, of course). I  must admit I spent more time admiring the decor than hunting the racks. A few things caught that my eye: the racks are filled with hundreds of items but Common Threads doesn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed. They have a strategic way of arranging their clothing without it feeling like you’re at a rummage sale. Inspired by the likes of Anthropologie, the display windows are designed to perfection. I’ve never seen a thrift store put so much thought into their displays before. Not to mention the wood display inside the store was built by local artists Jessica and Jerry Birchfield using an innovative lab at Case. Greg Ernst of AODK Architects in Lakewood also contributed to the design and fabrication.

A great Instagram. I’m a sucker for a clean, simple and bright Instagram and Common Threads has just that.

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