After seeing national forprofit resale shops funnel money and goods away from local charities, Brad Bartlett said he wanted to find a way to create a resale shop and use donations to directly benefit the community.
“What they’re doing is taking the funds out of the community, so nonprofits around the community are struggling,” Bartlett said. “Our goal is not to be another ministry in Tomball looking for donations. We’re just another funding vehicle for the ones that are already here.”
Resale with a Purpose opened a 4,000-square-foot location in January 2014 after relocating from a smaller facility on Main Street, said Bartlett, who is also Resale with a Purpose’s board president. The store offers a selection of discount clothing and goods while accommodating shoppers looking to browse the store’s section of donated antiques and higher-end items.
The nonprofit organization donates 100 percent of its profits to local charities, including TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries, Camp Blessing, Texans United for Freedom and Abandoned Animal Rescue, he said.
“If this community and every community kept those donations and the value of those donations, we’d have millions of dollars within the community to help with food, homelessness, medical needs—to help with everything,” he said.
During the past two years, the organization has been able to give at least $5,000 a month in donations to local nonprofit organizations, Bartlett said.
“[In 2014] we set a goal of donating $60,000 to 12 different charities, not knowing how much we were going to make,” he said. “We ended up donating $76,000 that year. Knowing that, going into , we set a goal of $120,000.”
As the organization grows, Bartlett said Resale with a Purpose is in need of more volunteers and space to organize the store’s growing inventory.
The organization hopes to generate $1 million in donations to give back to the community by 2020. The amount will be cumulative and build on each year’s previous donations, he said.
“As we look at where we’re going with our yearly donations, a goal of a million dollars by 2020 is very achievable,” Bartlett said.