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Houstonians love shopping, but shopping can be more than just a selfish endeavor. Shopping at stores that support local charities is just one way to give back while getting something for yourself, your friends or your family. Check out all the great places Houston has to offer when you want to shop for a cause.

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Blue Bird Circle
615 W. Alabama Drive
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 528-0470

The Blue Bird Circle resale store sells both donated and consigned goods. Proceeds from the sales go to benefit Texas Children’s Hospital’s Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology. Since 1959, this resale shop has been selling gently used clothing and furniture to its customers who are seeking great deals while contributing to children’s medical care. You might even see a local celebrity while shopping there, like chef Jusin Yu of Oxheart restaurant, who was interviewed for “GQ Magazine” and listed the Blue Bird Circle resale shop as one of his top 10 shopping sites in Houston.

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Charity Guild Of Catholic Women Resale Shop
1203 Lovett Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 529-0995

Clothing and housewares brought to the Charity Guild of Catholic Women’s resale shop is quickly sold in their store with a boutique-like setting. This is one charity shop that stays relevant with the seasons. They only accept spring clothing during the late winter to be put out on display in time for you to buy it and still wear it that year. You are highly likely to spot many well-known designers among the clothes on the racks. The money raised by the Guild goes to fund numerous charities that benefit children.

Citizens For Animal Protection Thrift Store
11925 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77079
(281) 497-7559

If you want to help homeless pets but cannot adopt one yourself, there is another option. The Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) has a thrift store with more than just pet items for sale. The thrift store takes up the entire site of the old location for the CAP pet adoption center and inside that space, you will find racks of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as housewares, small appliances, books, furniture and pet supplies. The store runs regular sales every month, making their reasonable prices even lower. Proceeds from this thrift store go to benefit the Citizens for Animal Protection program.

Memorial Assistance Ministries Resale Shop
1625 Blalock Road
Houston, Texas 77080
(713) 491-4330

Memorial Assistance Ministries’ (MAM) resale store is a shopper’s dream come true. Inside, you will find an array of gently used, donated clothes, toys, books, jewelry and furniture. Time does not seem to matter on the shelves inside the MAM resale store because modern and vintage pieces sit next to each other for shoppers to have their choice. Since new products come in daily, it is never the same shopping experience twice. If you want to donate large items, a truck from MAM will come to your home to pick them up. The money earned from the resale store goes to benefit Memorial Assistance Ministries’ programs, which include Children in School, Family Assistance and Self-Sufficiency.

The Guild Shop At Saint John The Divine
2009 Dunlavy St.
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 528-5095

If you have ever gotten lost in an older relative’s attic or junk room, you already know the experience you will have at The Guild Shop at Saint John the Divine. This store takes donations and consignment items and offers them for sale in an ever-changing arrangement. When you shop at the Guild Shop, the proceeds go to benefit an Episcopal Diocesan home for the retired in Baytown called St. James House. While this is the primary charity for the shop, other groups have also benefits from the shop’s proceeds in the past. These include: the Red Cross, Disabled American Veterans, Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity and more.

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Crystal Hessong is a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at