Posted by Willy Franzen on July 30, 2013. Jobs updated daily.
When I first heard Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” I knew it was going to be a massive hit (it probably already was, and I was just late). I’m no pop music genius, but how can a song with such a ridiculous beat and hilarious lyrics not succeed? While I don’t know this for sure, I have to imagine the song, which ended up at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, has to have meaningfully improved the thrift store business. Now I had always associated thrift stores with non-profits, but today I learned that isn’t always the case. Take Savers for example. They’re a Bellevue, WA based chain of retail locations that aims to “provide [their] customers with the best selection and shopping experience of any thrift store in the world.” They might even be the stores that Macklemore shops in, considering that he’s from Seattle.
Savers was “founded in 1954 on principles such as giving back and providing opportunities,” and they’ve since grown to more than 300 locations. I know that seems at odds with the fact that Savers is a for-profit business, but they actually have an interesting approach. They take donations like any other thrift shop, and then donate some of the proceeds to charitable organizations. In fact, over the past decade savers has given charities more than $1.5 billion. In addition to all of that good that they’re doing, they also keep “more than 600 million pounds of quality merchandise from landfills each year” by promoting reusing and recycling. The rest of the business is pretty self-explanatory–they sell stuff that is donated to them. If you want more detail, read their Fact Sheet. If you like how the thrift business sounds, take a look at Savers’ Careers page. There are obviously all kinds of positions available in their stores, but we’re going to focus on the corporate (Store Support Center) stuff like:
There are also a bunch of Supply Chain jobs across the country, so you may want to take a look at those as well.
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