May 1, 2015
Some Easy Ways for ANYONE to Fight Human Trafficking: The Underground Thrift Store, Upstairs at Plymouth Church
There are 18 steps up to the oddly-named Underground Thrift Store from the gymnasium entrance to Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims at 65 Hicks Street in Brooklyn Heights. Walking up the stairs on Sunday afternoons to the loft space above the historic gym, visitors climb past the shrieks of preschoolers on scooters and the thud of preteens shooting baskets. These hearty shoppers emerge into a charming red-hued aerie with wrought iron fixtures, schoolhouse lighting and a lush wooden armoire. The racks are stocked with a curated collection of gently used upscale and designer clothing and accessories for women, men and children and some books and housewares. The staff, all volunteers, is often chatty and silly and friendly and, if you’re lucky, modeling the merchandise. The charity shop is small, but the inventory is edited and curated each week from donations from Plymouth Church members and neighbors. All of this shopping is for a cause, since the Underground Thrift donates 25% of its net profits to organizations fighting modern-day slavery and human trafficking. Shopping, donating clothing or working at the Underground Thrift are easy ways for anyone to volunteer to join the fight right now.