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 →

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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 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 →

Great Partnerships, Guaranteed

Amazing things are happening at Bridges of Hope, all because of you. Because of you, today (one week before Thanksgiving), our Fall Fundraising Campaign (60K in 60 Days) has reached $36,000 of our $60,000 goal, just 21 days into the campaign--that is simply incredible. That translates into help and hope for 240 more families this... Continue Reading →

Something for Everyone

Ever wonder where you could buy a nearly-life-sized Orangutan Puppet? What about a Snowman Pinata? A bench made from a sleigh bed?  A purse made from an old children's book? A telescope? If you haven't guessed it yet, it's Common Goods! That's right--all of these things have been for sale at Common Goods at some... Continue Reading →

Common Goods’ Top 10 Most Appreciated Donations

At Common Goods, we literally receive thousands of donations every year--it's the backbone of our business, and we truly wouldn't be able to do what we do without the generosity of our faithful donors! The following is a list I've compiled of our "Top Ten" most appreciated donations. These items are our best sellers, are... Continue Reading →

Wanted: VHS Tapes

Doug and Jill stopped in to Common Goods on their way to their cabin this summer. They were looking for a few "new" items to decorate with. As they looked around the store, Jill noticed several VHS tapes on a shelf. She excitedly called Doug over--the couple had a VHS player at the cabin, and... Continue Reading →

Having an Upcycled Christmas

So my extended family has this somewhat quirky (although not completely unique to us) tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas together. Yep--on the same day. We start with Thanksgiving Dinner, have a little down time to clean up dishes and let the food settle, and then jump right back in to Christmas by late afternoon,... Continue Reading →

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