Outside of the Youth Ability Thrift Shop in Arcata, there will be a thrift market event on July 28 with over 15 vendors, a free pile of clothes, a food truck and live music from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We appreciate everybody for coming to support us and we’re really trying hard and still figuring things out but we’re working on it,” said Kylie Maxfield the assistant manager of the Youth Ability Thrift Store. “We’re glad to be paired up with the community a lot more.”
A big aspect of this particular thrift shop is its Youth Ability program which has been around since 2006 and helps local youth with job training and gaining life skills within the workforce. Hosting events helps the thrift shop continue providing programs for local youths and remain in business since the shop is their training site.
Maxfield mentioned two other events in support of their program and their collaborations with other local businesses. Tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. there will be a pints for non-profit event at the Humboldt Bay Social Club in support of the Youth Ability program.
On August 19, the Youth Ability Thrift Shop will be hosting a Smash & Thrash event with a 21+ focus at the Ramp Art Indoor Skate Park. This event will include music, skating and a rage room.
“So you can follow us @youthabilitythriftshop and that is on Instagram and Facebook,” Maxfield said. “I run both of those pages and I’ve been trying to revamp it to make it cool and fun and, you know, interesting for people to want to check us out more often.”