Dressed to Bless

Teatime is a great time--and excuse--to put on your finest and channel your inner English aristocrat. Looking for a fun new dress, jewelry, shoes or hat for this year's Afternoon Tea For Hope without breaking the bank? I recently stopped at the Baxter location of Common Goods and asked Danell to show me a few affordable... Continue Reading →

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Spring Cleaning (and Giving)

A combination of the recent stretch of unseasonably warm weather combined with recent weight loss triggered my inner spring cleaner a couple weeks ago. It was a Saturday afternoon when I hit my closet hard and was determined to downsize and donate. Of course, whenever I’m ready to part with treasures; they go to Common... Continue Reading →

Common Goods Now Open in Crosslake!

It's been quite exciting and busy around here at Bridges of Hope!  In case you haven't heard, we are officially open for business at our new Common Goods location in Crosslake! We have amazing staff who are working hard to get the space fully up & running (we were able to get into the space just yesterday). We... Continue Reading →

Summer Donations at Common Goods

Summer time is upon us which means two things at Common Goods: Garage sale season and increased donations. Because of this, I have a couple of questions to ask you: Do you have great items just sitting around that you no longer have any use for? Have you recently had a garage sale or plan on having... Continue Reading →

The Role of Volunteers at Common Goods

Bridges of Hope owns and operates a thrift store called Common Goods, which is located at 16227 Hwy 371 North in Baxter, Minnesota. If you have ever been to Common Goods, you have seen the end result of a very labor intensive process. Behind all of the shimmer, shine, and freshly steamed clothes there is... Continue Reading →

The Art of Upcycling

At Common Goods we are fortunate to receive a variety of unique furniture pieces from our generous donors. Some of these items can go directly to the sales floor. Other times, the pieces we receive need a little extra love and attention. At Common Goods, we call this process "upcycling". It can be as simple as a new coat... Continue Reading →

The Fall Season at Common Goods

Last week was the official start of fall. To most of us that means purging closets, rotating seasonal attire and trying to prepare for what Mother Nature is about to bring us in the upcoming months (don't worry, I won't talk about that white fluffy stuff just yet). For those of us at Common Goods, it brings... Continue Reading →

Common Goods–5 Years and 5 Ways to Say Thanks!

It's hard to believe Common Goods has been supporting the work of Bridges of Hope for five years! So much has happened, from the initial idea of opening a store to benefit Bridges, to celebrating Common Goods' 5th Anniversary this month. The idea for a opening a store that would provide a portion of the... Continue Reading →

Common Goods for the Common Good

Did you ever think that you could give back by purchasing something for yourself? Well, you can! Shopping at Common Goods not only helps you by expanding & accessorizing your wardrobe, finding a unique piece of furniture that you think, "I know just where that will fit perfectly in my home," or finding a board game... Continue Reading →

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