Finding dollar deals at the Salvation Army and helping those in need

Don't waste your money

(WXYZ) - A pair of Polo pants for a about a Mizrahi blazer for the same bargain price?

At the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Pontiac, most everything is just a dollar.

This store is the second Salvation Army thrift store in Michigan to make the switch to the dollar format.  It was a way to increase sales at the struggling shop on Perry Street in Pontiac and it worked for the Michigan Avenue store in Detroit.

But there's a bit of a're going to have to hunt for what you want.  Unlike other Salvation Army thrift stores where things are hung up and sorted by colors and styles, most of the merchandise is just thrown into big bins.

Janet Reed is a customer who not only shops for herself, but for those in need. She gathers warm winter coats and donates them to her church.

The merchandise comes from other Salvation Army stores after it's been on the floor a while.  Shoes here are three dollars.  And yes, you'll find big names.

And there's low cost furniture too.

Shopping here is a true win-win.  Not only can people get a tremendous amount of stuff, but fund life-changing rehab programs for men and women at the same time.  Without the donations from people in the community, the Salvation Army would be unable to fund the programs.

You can read more about the store below in the press release sent out by the Salvation Army.


The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) recently converted its Pontiac Thrift Store on Perry Street to a dollar store. The transition represents the second ARC dollar store to join the nonprofit's 34 metro Detroit thrift stores, the other of which is located on Michigan Avenue in Detroit.
With $1 deals on clothing, linens, towels, curtains and household goods, the Pontiac Dollar Store offers patrons tremendous savings on the same great selection of Salvation Army Thrift Store merchandise you can expect at any of the nonprofit's stores. The ARC rotates clothing on and off the store floor daily, ensuring a fresh selection of merchandise each time you shop.
In addition, the Pontiac Dollar Store will participate in the ARC's seasonal 50 percent off clothing sales. Shoppers can look forward to great deals throughout the year for only 50 cents. Furniture and electronics will remain priced as marked.
"We expect the Pontiac Dollar Store will boost our sales," said Jacqulynn Idzior, director of operations, The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan ARC, which operates the thrift stores. "Since we converted the Detroit location to a dollar store in October 2011, we have more than doubled sales at that thrift store. We are confident the Pontiac store will yield similar results."
The Pontiac store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sunday.
Donations of gently used clothing, linen, household appliances, furniture, toys, shoes, purses and housewares are accepted at all Salvation Army thrift store donation centers. For specific hours of a donation center near you, please visit the website at .
Proceeds from all 34 stores benefit The Salvation Army Southeast Michigan Adult Rehabilitation Centers, independently funded, 180-day residential rehabilitation program for adults.
Founded by William Booth in London, England, in 1865, The Salvation Army is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to serving people in need without discrimination. The ARC is an integral part of TSA's mission, and offers substance-abusing adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives through a voluntary, short-term residential self-help program designed to establish a sense of dignity, self-esteem and personal strength that will allow them to resist the desire to abuse a substance and regain their rightful place as contributing members of society. Completely self-funded, the ARC draws its entire operating budget from the revenue of the 34 Salvation Army Thrift Stores located in Southeast Michigan. For more information visit or call 313.965.7760.
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