Living in Liberty runs two thrift stores in the Pittsburgh area. Our main store, Repurposed for the Thrifty Shopper in You, is located on McKnight Rd. and boasts two stories of gently used housewares, furniture, books, clothing, and more; this store also hosts our Sozo Boutique & cafe, a fair trade shop filled with items made by survivors of trafficking worldwide. Our second store, Repurposed for Kids, is located on East Ohio St. on the North Side of Pittsburgh, and supplies children’s clothing (0-Juniors), baby gear, toys, books, maternity, as well as a limited supply of men & women’s clothing.
Our repurposed stores provide critical, financial support to sustain the rest of our work as an organization. They also serve as a platform for raising awareness about human trafficking globally and in Pittsburgh, as we seek to educate our shoppers about the reality of trafficking and the cause that they support through their patronage.
Donations to the store may also be distributed by our street outreach team, or may help to provide our safe home residents with necessities when they come to live with us or are ready to be established on their own.
Safe home residents also have the opportunity to gain valuable job skills and professional training by working at the stores during their time with us, and may continue to find employment at one of our Repurposed stores after they complete their program at the home.
Both of our thrift stores are run by a small paid managerial staff and a host of faithful volunteers. Repurposed volunteers spend time at the stores helping to sort & price donations, maintaining orderly displays and racks, cleaning, providing handyman assistance where necessary, and assisting or waiting on customers. Other volunteers may help to coordinate or participate in our monthly furniture donation pick-up runs. Some volunteers may also assist in collecting necessary donations for weekly distribution by our street outreach teams.
Volunteering at the store may be a weekly or monthly commitment, or may be a one-time group volunteer opportunity.