Christine’s Closet, Part 9: An Extraordinary Find!

Thursday, March 29, 2012
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Remember Christine Burton, the thrify fashionista regularly featured on the Western Territory’s Expect Change blog?

She’s back for the first time in 2012 with another great piece she found at her Salvation Army Family Store! And this time, she proves that you might find something at The Salvation Army not found at regular ol’ department stores.

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Christine’s Closet, Part 8: The Vest of the Story

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The lovely Christine Burton is back and we’re ready to salute her as she takes on the military cat walk in this crisp vest designed with a feminine touch.
The smooth cut of the lines and stiff high collar showcase her sleek figure, adding length to her torso. The accents of beads, ruffles, and designs add feminine elegance to an otherwise serious style. This piece could be worn for any occasion!
Christine bought this brand new vest for $4.99 (with the original tags!) at her local Salvation Army and she can put a little more strut in her step knowing that her purchase helped Adult Rehabilitation Centers. It’s a win win situation! Get your cat walk style by visiting your local Salvation Army Thrift Store today!
And that, fellow thrifty shoppers, is the Vest of the Story.

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Christine’s Closet, Part 7: Say ‘Yes’ to this Black Dress

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Christine’s Closet, Part 7: Say ‘Yes’ to this Black Dress
Our style expert Christine Burton is showing offer her latest look that is guaranteed to make heads turn.
She found this amazing black dress at a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, so not only is she ready for a night out on the town with this outfit, she can afford to have a little extra fun with the money she saved by shopping second hand.
Click here to see more photos of this gorgeous get-up at our Western Territory’s Expect Change blog and be inspired to be a savvy Salvation Army Thrift Store shopper like Christine.
Plus, the best part is every item you donate to or buy from our stores, you helps us provide life-saving, no cost drug and alcohol rehabilitation in your community. Learn more here.

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Christine’s Closet, Part 6: DIY Fashion

Monday, July 25, 2011

Who says shopping has to hurt your wallet?

Christine Burton, our resident savvy shopper, is back in a new installment of the Western Territory Expect Change blog’s “Christine’s Closet” series.

This time Christine adds a do-it-yourself twist. After finding a beautifully decorated skirt for only $3.99 (before her discount!) at a Salvation Army Family Thrift Store, she’s inspired to create a custom top to match. With the help of her digital camera, a printer, and an iron-on transfer sheet, Christine’s sporting a style that’s truly all her own.

Click here to read the original post and see more photos at the Expect Change blog, along with previous posts in their Christine’s Closet series. They may provide you with some great ideas next time you visit our Family Thrift Stores!

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More Outfits from Christine, Plus Thrifting Words of Wisdom

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve sneaked a peek into Christine Burton’s closet.

For those of you who missed our first two posts of the series, Christine works for The Salvation Army’s Western Territory, and she’s also a thrifty fashionista. Much of her runway-ready wardrobe comes from our Salvation Army Thrift Stores at an extremely affordable price.

Christine is sharing her shopping tips and photos with us through The Western Territory’s Expect Change blog. Her latest outfits come with two valuable lessons:

1. If you like it, grab it before it’s gone.

2. Spend a moment taking one last look before you go.

See the outfits that inspired these words of wisdom, including:

A funky kimono-style jacket that creates Christine’s look #3 here.

A saucy lace skirt that pulls together look # 4 here.

P.S. Each item showcased in these outfits cost less than $5!

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Christine’s Back with a New Look!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Christine Burton of The Salvation Army’s Western Territory is back with a new stylish outfit she put together with a little help from her local Salvation Army Family Store.

This feminine western look was made possible by a pair of brand new $5 white cowboy boots and red skirt, a la Barbara Stanwyck in television’s The Big Valley. Both items were picked up at the store in Christine’s neighborhood for a grand total of about $10!

Click here to see Christine’s latest outfit.

Click here to read about Christine’s shopping strategy and see her first look.

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A Sneak Peek into Christine’s Closet

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Christine Burton works at the headquarters of The Salvation Army’s Western Territory. Every morning she comes to work looking like she stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine.

She’s always coordinated, accessorized and super stylish. Her look is totally creative and appropriately professional.

How does she do it, you ask? She shops for pieces at The Salvation Army Family Store near her home!

Click here to read more about Christine’s shopping strategy and to see more images of the first outfit featured in the West’s series called “Christine’s Closet.”

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An Everyday Battle

Thursday, January 12, 2012
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Did you know The Salvation Army combats human trafficking across the globe? In fact, we’ve recently stepped up our efforts to fight this ever-present and nonetheless, growing phenomenon of modern-day slavery.

When we think of this industry, red light districts in “other” countries come to mind, but in reality, the U.S. trafficking industry is on the rise.

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Maggie: Not Your Normal Disaster Survivor

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Captains Mary Poff and Cyndi Shiels looked around what had been the residence of the Poff family for the past five years. The home, which is the parsonage for The Salvation Army, had fared better than many in the subdivision when the F5 tornado made its way through Joplin, MO. It sustained extensive damage but was still standing.

The two women were prepared for much of what they saw—broken glass and debris everywhere. Adoor had been torn from its hinges and blown down the hallway. Glass shards protruded from the furniture.

Then suddenly, in the middle of all this damage, they were greeted by a dog. She had evidently sought refuge following the tornado, gaining access through the damaged back door. The dog appeared to have sustained no injuries other than cuts on her feet.

The two captains completed their tour of the home and were ready to leave. But what about the dog? Neither of them felt they could leave her there. Feeling a responsibility to care for this animal, Captain Cyndi decided to take the dog home with her until they could find the owner.

The next day, Captains Cyndi and Amos Shiels took the dog to their vet. The vet discovered the dog had a microchip, and the Shiels learned the dog’s name was Maggie. They were eventually able to make contact with the dog’s owner.

The owner, Jennifer, was relieved to learn Maggie had been found and was being cared for. But tears came as she shared that they had not been home when the tornado struck and their house had been destroyed. Jennifer went on to explain that she found herself suddenly unemployed as her workplace had been destroyed, and it would be 6-12 months before they would be able to rebuild their home. In the meantime, she didn’t know where they were going to live and couldn’t take the dog. The Shiels assured Jennifer that Maggie could stay with them for a few weeks.

Jennifer called later to say that a friend had offered to keep Maggie for the next year while her family rebuilds. Soon Maggie will be relocated to her new temporary home in Chicago.

The Salvation Army has been responding to disasters across the country, and around the world, for over 100 years to serve the victims, first responders and volunteers. Finding missing pets has not been one of the services given by the Army, but Maggie was in the right place at the right time and received help from the officers who found her. In turn, her owners received peace of mind about her safety and care during this time of uncertainty as they begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and start over again.

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Students’ Discards Becomes Charities’ Treasures

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

It’s about that time of year when college students move out of their dorm rooms and head back home for the summer, but sometimes, all the “stuff” they’ve accumulated over the past year doesn’t take the road trip with them, whether it be for lack of want, space, or another reason.

Instead of ditching or throwing away perfectly good items, from clothes to books to appliances, students have an opportunity to give them new second-hand life with the help of The Salvation Army.

At Skidmore College in New York, the school has partnered with The Salvation Army for their annual “Give and Go” event. Student volunteers collect the usable items left behind in the dorms and donate them to the Army, where they will be sold in our Family Thrift Stores or given to other local charities who can put them to good use. Read the full story about this conservation effort at Skidmore College’s website by clicking here.

According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, several other colleges in New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are participating in similar efforts, with Salvation Army trucks swinging by the campuses following the student exodus. Between 1,000 and 2,000 pounds of goods and food are salvaged at each location, diverting the items from the landfill and into the hands of people in need. Find the full article here.

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