Stretch your shopping dollar at local resale shops

By Kate Gaertner, Special to the Light

If you’re on a student budget and Walmart isn’t serving your needs, fear not-there are several Jewish-affiliated resale shops in St. Louis to explore that are easy on both your pocketbook and your conscience.

The Miriam Switching Post, located at 2171 S. Big Bend Boulevard in Maplewood, provides home goods and antique furniture. Proceeds from the Switching Post benefit the Miriam Foundation, a local philanthropic organization that funds an innovative private school for students with multiple learning disabilities.

The shop, which was founded in 1973, sells donated goods-many of which are valuable and unique. According to Miriam Foundation board member Judy Zafft, there’s always a find to be had.

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“You can find some really wonderful things,” Zafft said. “I never leave without buying something.”

The Scholarshop sells secondhand clothing, jewelry and household goods to benefit the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. The Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1920, provides grants for post-secondary education to community members who would otherwise not have the funds to achieve their educational goals.

With two locations (8215 Clayton Road in Clayton across from the Galleria and 7930 Big Bend Boulevard in Webster Groves), the Scholarshop’s offerings range from vintage leather Coach handbags to two-year-old Gap jeans, with scarves and jewelry that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. For formal occasions, the Scholarshop is a valuable resource for vintage cocktail dresses and old ball gowns.

In University City, the National Council of Jewish Women resale shop, located at 8612 Olive Boulevard, sells quality new and gently used accessories, furniture and clothing for women, men and children, as well as an upscale boutique for women’s designer clothes. Proceeds benefit the community service and advocacy projects of the NCJW, which include scholarships and back-to-school programming for underprivileged students and advocacy for victims of domestic abuse.