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Top Stores With A Cause In Philadelphia

March 19, 2013 7:00 AM

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Circle Thrift (credit: www.circlethrift.com)

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Many would agree that shopping is a “feel good” past time. The next time you go, why not consider the needs of others while you take care of your own. Here are top stores with a cause in Philadelphia for you to check out.

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The Wardrobe Boutique
1822 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 568-2660
www.wardrobeboutique.org

The term “feel good style” is synonymous with The Wardrobe Boutique. While shopping here, budget fashionistas can score finds by top design brands such as Tory Burch and even spot a few pieces that fall in line with current trends. No matter what a woman is trying to find at the boutique, she is sure to nab a gently used treasure among the selection of stylish belts, jewelry, footwear and clothing items. Not only will she feel good about the items she’s found, but also about the cause, as proceeds from her purchase benefit the Career Wardrobe for women in transition.

Philadelphia AIDS Thrift
710 S. 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-3186
www.phillyaidsthrift.com

One of the best-kept secrets for vintage and thrift finds within the city is the Philly AIDS Thrift store. Here, there are great deals on anything from clothing to housewares and electronics to odd trinkets. Those on the lookout for a great thrift find should also check the site periodically for sale listings that range anywhere from 25 percent to 75 percent off. Proceeds from purchases are donated to local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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Circle Thrift
2233 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 423-1222
www.circlethrift.com

There’s nothing like catching a great deal for a worthy cause, especially when the item is likely to be a fortune elsewhere. At Circle Thrift, shoppers can luck out on amazing finds such as computers, or even a wedding gown! If there’s a need to shop for the family, there are gently used items for sale for men, women and children. For interior decorators looking to add vintage flair to their living space, there’s a selection of antique furniture. Proceeds from purchases are donated to a network of churches within the city.

Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles
1220 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-9616
www.uhurufurniturephilly.blogspot.com

The best furniture doesn’t always have to cost an arm and a leg. Sometimes, the most cherished finds are rare and even from an earlier time period. At Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, shoppers are likely to find an amazing mahogany closet from the 1930s at a low cost. Proceeds from all purchases are donated to the economic development project of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund.

Mushmina
1540 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 732-5500
www.mushmina.com

Founders Heather and Katie O’Neill of Mushmina are setting a standard for fashion and substance. Within their boutique, shoppers will find accessories — such as jewelry and handbags — designed with a cause and mission in mind. The handmade items are all made in Morocco in support of fair trade, and the proceeds from all purchases are used to create employment opportunities for those living in developing countries.

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Naima Turner knows a thing or two about fashion and style. Her resume includes: fashion styling; market editing; working behind-the-scenes on fashion segments for national television shows such as The Today Show, The View and A Movie and A Makeover. She currently resides in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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