Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MIFA, Part Two:

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 11:38 AM

For this week's Flyer I interviewed MIFA's new thrift store director, Amy Hoyt. While the article does mention her extensive work to overhaul the store, I haven't given her enough props for the best thing she adds to MIFA - personal shopping! When I stopped by to take her picture, not only was she wearing a great outfit she found entirely in the store, she had pulled a few things for me to try on.

Here's Amy in her office - the hanging pictures are all from the store. We found the kitten painting (top left) when I got there, but please direct your attention to the light-up portait of the Kennedys near Amy's left elbow. It was very difficult for me not to steal it from her.

Here's a close-up of Amy's shoes. They are pink suede Crocs, which I found very hard to believe since they're not plastic and full of holes. But, she says, they're just as comfortable. More props to Amy.

I ended up buying a big bagful of clothes - pants, a denim jacket, a few belts, a shirt, a purse, and a huge framed photograph - all for $20. Then Amy pulled out the big guns: the MIFA store coupons.

She gave me one for my purchases (making all that $15) and a big stack to hand out. I've been leaving a trail of them at Memphis coffee shop counters, so be on the lookout.

And don't forget the best part about MIFA - the money you spend in the store goes directly to benefit Memphis through MIFA's programs.
From their website:

Proceeds from your purchases benefit MIFA programs. A purchase of:

$1 helps provide a well-balanced meal for a homebound senior;
$5 helps provide transportation for a senior to pharmacies and doctors' appointments;
$7.50 helps provide a companion to help a senior with tasks and activities;
$10 helps restore utilities for a family in crisis;
$15 helps volunteers build a ramp for a disabled senior;
$20 helps provide an at-risk teen with job training, mentoring, and higher education; and
$25 helps shelter, counsel, and train a homeless family so they can live productively.

After the jump: the three outfits Amy pulled for me with a rundown of their prices. Not one exceeds $11! That is exactly what I'm talking about.

skirt (worn here as dress) $2
belt $1
Calvin Klein "Members Only" jacket $8
TOTAL: $11

"Lucky Me" yellow top $2
crocodile belt $1
blue polyester pants (high-waisted!)
vintage pumps $5
TOTAL: $10

(beautiful peach velvet loveseat $35)

crop top $1
skirt $2
belt $2
purse $2

The MIFA Store
910 Vance Ave. (inside MIFA headquarters)
open Monday - Friday, 7:30AM - 4PM

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