Looking for a place to make a meaningful donation of gently worn clothing or household goods? Take them to the Plaid Door at St. Luke’s in Dallas where items are sold and the money goes to church ministry and local charities.
The store, which opened in1953 and is operated by volunteers, does not actually have a plaid door. And sometimes people come in to shop and others to pray.
“We have some regulars who come by with a prayer request,” Deacon Rosemary Trei said. “They come in to connect and get support.”
The shop takes donations Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and take consignments from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday and Saturday of the month, and also the last Saturday of the month. The items are on consignment for 60 days. After that, the items not sold may be picked up, otherwise they become store property and are marked down. All clothing must be clean, pressed, in season and in style.
In December, the stop hosted refugee women from Gateway of Grace ministry offering them an entire outfit free of cost. “Most of the women were from the Middle East and it was amazing,” Trei said. “There were smiles everywhere. They were so excited to show each other what they got.”
A portion of the profits from the shop are distributed to St. Luke’s and “support us in beautiful ways, such as outreach, evangelism and music ministries,” Trei said. Money from the store also goes to North Dallas Shared Ministries, Brighter Tomorrows, Hope Cottage, Homeless Veterans Ministries, Friend of the Military and needy families. Clothing that does not get sold goes to Gladewater Baptist Church and the Homeless Veteran’s Ministry. For more information call 214-368-2016.