Nonprofit savings and consignment benefit mental health organizations

By RACHEL SHEY [email protected]

All Things Right & Relevant, a Davis savings and consignment non-profit organization on Spafford Street, donated to Suicide Prevention for the month of December, with contributions of up to $ 300 matched by the organization’s board of directors, according to executive director Lynne Okamuro.

The non-profit organization has benefited mental health organizations since its inception. He currently works with nine charities.

We are a non-profit consignment store and we work with mental health organizations and charities in Yolo County, ”Okamuro said. “When someone wants to donate or send, we take most of the clothes and household items as long as they are in good quality condition. “

The consignment part of the association works with a tiered pricing system, where prices drop over time. Profits are distributed to charities at the end of the year.

“With consignment, the consignee gets 40% of the money from the sale and the nonprofit gets 60%. The consignment period is 30 days, ”Okamuro said. “Prices go down over time; it will spend 10 days at full price, 10 days at 20% off, and 10 days at 40% off, making people buy it a little faster. If we end up making a profit in a year, we distribute the amount to charities. Last year was a bit difficult so we didn’t do the distribution. I was hoping that this year we can distribute money.

In the 1990s, the founders of the association wanted to help mental health organizations raise funds, according to their website. They decided the best way to do it was to open a thrift store, reducing their environmental impact by recycling unwanted goods and finding them new homes.

“Fundraising has been a long-standing dilemma for nonprofits in Yolo County and elsewhere,” the website read. “The need for additional revenue streams became increasingly evident in the late 1980s, as California slipped into the deepest recession in recent history and traditional sources of funding dried up.”

All Things Right & Relevant started out as an economy and eventually added consignment. Okamuro briefly shattered the difference between savings and consignment.

“Consignment is where we sell an item for you, so you still own the item, and if it sells, you get a serving and we get a serving,” Okamuro said. “The economy is you donate the item and you don’t get the money. If an item on consignment does not sell within 30 days, it becomes a donation.

All Things Right & Relevant sees more consignment than giving, among other interesting trends Okamuro has noticed. Most of the store’s revenue comes from jewelry, but the largest volume of merchandise is in clothing.

“I would say about 85-90% of what you see in our main store is consignment,” Okamuro said. “I would say we are about 65 to 70% of women’s clothing. We have a lot of female consignees, and the rest is just clothing or men’s clothing. I do not know why ; we just have less male consignees, but if you bring in menswear your item is one of the few options available so it is more likely to be purchased. Our bestsellers vary from season to season. Most of the year these are women’s blouses. At this time of year, it is usually women’s outerwear and dresses.

Okamuro also added that another mission of All Things Right & Relevant is to employ people with a mental health diagnosis. All of the association’s employees are mental health clients from local agencies.

We rely on our 9 mental health agencies to recommend mental health clients to work in our thrift store, ”Okamuro said via email. “Most of our clients are from the Yolo County Mental Health Department, Yolo Community Care Continuum (YCCC), Communicare and Pine Tree Gardens.

Written by: Rachel Shey – [email protected]

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