Address: 6701 W. Florissant, Jennings, MO
Cross Street: Hodiamont
We are across from Rally’s, next to Knodel’s Bakery
Hours: 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Saturday
What you can find here:
- Clothing and shoes for the whole family, including extra large sizes
- Furniture, including antiques
- Books, magazines, VHS and cassette tapes, DVD’s and CD’s
- Crafts, fabric, sewing supplies
- Sports equipment
- Toys, games, dolls, puzzles
- Kitchen dishes, pots, utensils, china, glassware, bake ware
- Home decorative items
- Electrical: phones, mixers, microwave ovens, coffee makers, cords
- Office supplies
- Linens, curtains, rugs, pillows
- School uniforms, elementary, and Lutheran North
- Antique collectibles
- Live plants, in the Spring and Fall
- Much more
What you can donate: All of the above, except TV’s, large appliances and computers
The Lutheran Resale Shop is a very special treasure here in St. Louis. 50 years ago, the Shop was started by the Lutheran Family and Children’s and Services Auxiliary and Lutheran Altenheim Auxiliary to raise funds for their respective charities. The first location was at Grand and W. Florissant. On Mondays, the store was closed to the public allowing the staff to price new items, darn socks and remove shoelaces from shoes (laces were sold separately!). Unsold men’s pants were ripped apart, cut into quilt patches and made into quilts for Lutheran World Relief.
When the neighborhood declined, they moved the Shop to 6901 and 6903 W. Florissant. Due to the sale of the Lutheran Altenheim, their Auxiliary became Lutheran Senior Services of Hidden Lake and Breeze Park. Some 18 years later, with a leaky roof, broken windows, sub-standard repairs, a 5-year verbal agreement of $650 monthly rent, the landlord raised the rent to $950 starting Dec. l, 2007. We looked at numerous properties for rent as well as for sale. One of our customers, Mrs. Jefferson, found a place located at 6701 W. Florissant. We went from 3200 square feet to almost 4400 square feet at a rent of $900 monthly.
Our present location at 6701 W. Florissant is handy for people who walk, ride the metro bus or use the Jennings Senior Citizen bus. Occasionally, we get a surprise visit from the residents at Hidden Lake.
Last summer, 2012, a donation of 300 pounds of elementary school uniforms arrived. We partnered with St. Matthews, Grace Chapel and Salem, Blackjack, Elementary Lutheran Schools to share 25% of the total of all uniform sales with each school. Each of these three schools has received a $300 check. For the second year, we have sold gently used Lutheran High School North uniforms with the incentive that 50% of sales will be donated back to the school for tuition assistance. This year they received a check for $700.
From the beginning, all our work has been done by hundreds of volunteers, many of which come in several times a week. Lutheran High School students can also work here and do their volunteer hours. If you have a few spare hours, we can use you too!
Fifty percent of our profits, after expenses, go to Lutheran Family and Children’s Services, 25 percent to Lutheran Senior Services Resident’s Fund of Breeze Park and 25 percent to Lutheran Senior Services Resident’s Fund of Hidden Lake.
Many of our customers find the Shop when they read their Sunday worship bulletins. We try to include articles about the Shop in our LCMS churches several times a year. We let them know about special sales, school uniforms and news about what is happening at the Shop.
Our newest “adventure” is advertising on Craigslist.com. We had to find a way to let people know we have very unique, vintage items. As a result, we have customers coming from as far away as Wentzville, Mo. and Lebanon, Illinois.
- Henry brought his wife to the Shop to work. After browsing for a while, he was looking for his hat so he could leave. It was already SOLD!
- A call came in from Illinois, “Do we still have the chicken PEZ dispenser advertised on craigslist?” “Could you read the number at the bottom?” “If you tip the head back, will the head bounce back up?” “Will you accept MORE than the $8 price?” He gave us $15.
- Viola came in looking for another can of deodorant. She really liked that brand. We could find NO cans of deodorant on the counter. Viola came back to the counter and pulled out a can. But Viola had HAIRSPRAY. A good laugh was enjoyed by all.
Thank you so much for your support all these years. We hope to see you soon.