Ribbon cutting set for F-M's newest Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Store
The 7,000-square-foot store at 2101 N. University Drive provides the non-profit much more room to store and display donated goods. A much smaller downtown area location that has been converted into an outlet store.
FARGO - A ribbon-cutting celebration for Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch’s sixth Fargo-Moorhead area thrift store at 2101 N. University Drive will be held 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.
The northside store opened in late October and is the 10th thrift store in the Ranch’s network, the nonprofit group said Monday, Nov. 30.
The 7,000-square-foot store has plenty of space for accepting goods and storage. It is more of a replacement for the shop at 10th Street and Fourth Avenue North, which has since been converted into an outlet store, said Diane Rust, DGBR’s retail sales director.
The store on the north edge of the city's downtown had “just gotten to be too small for the type of operations that we do now,” Rust said.
In addition, it no longer had sufficient storage with the removal of a building to the west where DGBR had rented warehousing space.
“We’d been shopping for a new location for a number of years and this opened up,” she said.
Rust said the North University Drive store has made a lot of northsiders happy, whether they like to donate or are college students and others looking for a place to shop on a budget.
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“We didn’t want to lose that side of town. We get a lot of support” there, Rust said.
Special sales and gift card giveaways are planned at the new store Wednesday through Saturday, Dec. 5, to celebrate its opening.
The Ranch last opened a store in Fargo in March 2019 near the city's far southwest Deer Creek subdivision.
DBGR thrift stores contribute funding toward the agency’s residential treatment and education services, which are provided to at-risk children and their families in the region.
The Ranch pays out nearly $3 million in salaries each year, according to the news release. The organization also donates clothing to adults and children referred to the Ranch by local agencies.
Donations keep useful items out of landfills, too.
Clothing that doesn’t sell in the stores is sold, by the pound, to a recycling company that ships it to other countries. Damaged clothing is recycled into rags or reprocessed into fibers that can be turned into paper, yarn, insulation, carpet padding, sound-proofing, etc. In 2017, Ranch thrift stores recycled more than 1.85 million pounds of clothing, the organization said.
Rust said the Ranch thrift stores are still operating with limited hours, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays. Donations are limited to Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. until they no longer have room to accept items.