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What people are saying about Monarch...

"Excellent selection"

"Different from any other thrift store I’ve seen!"

"Great eye for what people want and there isn't any junk!"  

 


A Human Trafficking 101 conversation took center stage Jan. 26 at the Monarch Thrift Shop in Logan Sqaure. As part of Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the event was presented by STOP-IT, an initiative that offers direct service to survivors of sex and labor trafficking... 

 

 

This nonprofit thrift store officially opens in September 2015 and is dedicated to supporting programs that provide services for addiction recovery, reintegration, HIV/AIDS and other critical needs... 


 

 

 


On October 21st, Logan Square was visited by couture designer Vernaccia Etienne, as seen on TLC’s “Hayley Ever After.” Not only did the event provide mimosas, because it was Sunday, after all, but it brought a bigger sense of purpose. That purpose, was bringing the community, one fashion piece at a time. Not only was I able to eye all of the beautiful clothing around me, I also got to purchase pieces...

 

 

Since Monarch Thrift opened in the fall of 2015, we have visited this store dozens of times. Unless you’re donating something, you won’t leave empty handed...

  

  

Thrift shop exhibits AIDS artwork by homeless youth. December usually means holiday cheer, hot cocoa and family gatherings. For Monarch Thrift Shop in Avondale, at 2866 N. Milwaukee Ave., it also means honoring World AIDS day—for the entire month. The thrift shop's latest addition to its display windows has one holiday angel made out of red cloth for a dress, a pearl necklace, Christmas lights and tree branches—all used items from the store...

 

 

 

Monarch Thrift Shop serves a strong purpose of acting to reduce recidivism, the tendency for a convicted criminal to reoffend and get behind bars again. Chicago has several City and nonprofit organizations focused on ending recidivism, particularly since Chicago’s recidivism rate is high—over 45 percent of formerly incarcerated people land back behind bars, according to a 2015 Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council report...

 

We wanted to have a thrift shop that included a beautiful environment for customers, offered affordable prices for community members, and provided internships and positions for those wanting to get back on their feet in a supportive and creative environment...