A report on MyFoxDetroit highlights the ReUse Center in Ann Arbor, including its Urbanwood collection. The operation is run by Recycle Ann Arbor, which is holding its annual Earth Day Reuse Competition – the deadline is April 12 for entries of discarded materials reused in “artistic and functional ways.” [Source]
When The Chronicle came across a notice that the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop was facing some challenges, we caught AATA bus No. 6 to South Industrial’s Resale Row to get the details.
Susan Soth, the store’s manager, said that donations of clothes, housewares and other items are down 50% since early December, compared to a year ago. And though sales had been going gangbusters earlier in 2008, since early December they’ve been flat or slightly down. On Sundays, for example, they’d generally bring in more than $1,000 – recently sales have been closer to $800. The winter season is typically a slower time of year, Soth said, but “it’s never been this slow, and we’re not alone.”