General Manager Mitch Berndt said they have been a staple in the Burnsville community for more than 30 years.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – As inflation continues to rise, thrift stores are seeing more customers.

The CHAP thrift store around the corner from Towne & Country Mall in Burnsville is no exception.

General Manager Mitch Berndt says they’ve been a staple in the community for more than 30 years.

Some customers like Rita Lundquist have been browsing the shelves for nearly a decade, taking advantage of deals and donating items.

“I like the discounts. I like the way it’s set up,” Lundquist said.

Thrift stores like this have had a big boom lately, especially as inflation hits a 40-year high. This forces many people to think differently about how we buy clothes, furniture and food.

Luckily for CHAP shoppers, they can get all three, because it’s not just a thrift store.

“We are also a ministry of food“Berndt said.

Berndt adds that the number of people coming to use their food shelf has increased by 70% since last year.

“Anyone in Dakota County can come in once every two months and run errands. And then we also line up with the church across the street,” he said. -he declares.

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Caring, helping and providing isn’t just about the sign; it’s also who they are and what customers love.

“Everyone who works here is as nice as they can be,” Lundquist said.

“Everyone” who works here includes 12 staff members. The others are all volunteers.

“We come at least once a week, and we fold, evaluate and climb [items]“said volunteer Cindi Grimm.

Some volunteers have even been clients themselves at one point.

“We used to shop here, and my wife decided one day: It’s great. I would like to come here more often. And so, we do. We come three days a week,” said volunteer Lee Oestreich.

Whether donating time or goods, needs are met here, even when inflation creates uncertainty right outside CHAP’s doors.

“They can come to us when they need to. I don’t see that need going away in the foreseeable future,” Berndt said.

Berndt adds that they are always on the lookout for donations and volunteers as demand at their store increases. If you want to help or visit the store, there is more information here.

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