Stores are thrifty in their aid

Wednesday, July 6, 2005 at 1:00am

If some poor school children in Belize and Africa were to track the source of their newly donated school uniforms and shoes, their quest would take them across the seas to a thrift store in Franklin.

Opened in April at the Alexander Plaza Shopping Center, the 10,000-square-foot store, ThriftSmart, has sold more than 30,000 used clothes and household items.

The proceeds are being distributed to four Franklin-based Christian ministry charities that have, in turn, donated 1,000 pounds of school uniforms to children through the Belize Project and more than 230 shoes to African school children.

Encouraged by the success of their first store, a new Franklin-based nonprofit organization, The Thrift Alliance, opened its second ThriftSmart in Nashville last month. It brings the alliance one step closer to its goal of establishing a chain of 200 thrift stores throughout the nation, including 10 to 15 stores in Nashville.

The alliance bills its newest 30,000-square-foot store in the Fairlane Square shopping center at 4890 Nolensville Pike as the largest of its type in Nashville

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