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Neighbors in Need: Flipping the Script

Many of the items we provide to our neighbors come from in-kind donations from people who support our mission. As needs continue to grow, however, we’ve looked for additional avenues that enable us to have more items on hand. We want to be able to respond quickly and to assist as many people as possible. One of those avenues is our new partnership with Flipside Estate and Consignment, a woman-owned company dedicated to helping individuals downsize their lives, while making a profit from their items.

Flipside helps families off-load items they no longer want or need through estate sales, online sales and consignment. However, in many cases, after an estate sale, there are items that are not sold—items that may not have a high value but are useful and have a lot of “life” left in them. These items include things like:

  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes
  • Clothing
  • Furniture
  • Artwork
  • Collections
  • Books

“Basically anything you may find in a house is something we may receive from Flipside to help our neighbors,” shares Heather Snyder, Volunteer Coordinator. “The partnership is ideal because Flipside would rather see items go to good use instead of ending up in a landfill, and we know we can find a home for the items.”

Snyder says items either are given to a neighbor who comes to SVdP Indy through the Help Line or a Home Visit, or they are resold in one of the Mission 27 Resale stores. Proceeds from the stores support nutritious food at the 30th Street Food Pantry as well as the Changing Lives Forever (CLF) program.

Flipside Owner Jess Pittman is equally happy with the partnership.

“We don’t want to see items go to waste as we know many of the items would be useful to someone else,” she shares. “And our clients really appreciate our efforts to repurpose their items and go the extra step to find them a home.”

While it was important to Flipside to be able to avoid the landfill, they needed to scale back their efforts in this area and find a partner who could assist. With SVdP Indy’s infrastructure, trucks and people, it was a match made in heaven.

“We wanted a partner who could help us coordinate and curate items and get them into the hands of people who can use them,” says Pittman, who was already familiar with SVdP Indy because she’s shopped at Mission 27 before. “I love that, together, we’re being good stewards of those we serve.”

Join the Pick-up Team

If you want to join SVdP Indy’s pick-up team as a truck driver or dockhand, contact Heather Snyder at hsnyder@svdpindy.org or 463-206-4974. Drivers are required to submit their driver’s license and a copy of their driving record (printed from BMV website) to qualify.

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