Ditto is getting a makeover. “We have so many donations, and not just from our schools, but from our shoppers, donors and the community at large,” says Ana Woodard, a board member and volunteer. “They’ve blessed us with so much that we’re just bursting at the seams!”
This excess has allowed the nonprofit resale shop to grow exponentially, with work to expand the store already underway.
“We’ve taken on more space in the lower level to increase our sorting, storage and retail capabilities,” details Deborah Shields, general manager. “Phase One of our expansion has begun and, altogether, we will add about 7,000 square feet of space.”
Ditto’s proceeds go to eight member schools, which help run the store. These include: Central Christian School, Covenant Christian School, Kirk Day School, Heritage Classical Christian Academy, Promise Christian Academy, South City Community School, Twin Oaks Christian School and Westminster Christian Academy.
Ditto Family Resale, 10027 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-394-2026, dittostl.com
“Our member school leaders were looking for an alternative revenue source to fund scholarships and help offset rising tuition costs,” explains Ana Woodard, who also served as a member of the original steering committee. “They heard about a few other Christian schools around the country doing a resale shop and thought, let’s give this a try! And here we are, in our seventh year, continuing to help these schools provide financial assistance to families who could otherwise not afford a Christian education.”
The nonprofit resale store offers a revolving inventory of everything from clothing and accessories to furniture, home décor and more, including plenty of new items with their original price tags. “Our customer and donor base has grown each year,” reports Shields. “They love the variety of items we sell, as well as the prices and quality. Plus, they’re happy to know that our profits go directly to schools. Not only [does that money go] to the eight schools we support, but each year a portion also goes to a school within the community as part of our pledge to give back.”
“We envision being a true and significant financial resource for our schools’ scholarship needs – one they can count on annually,” says Woodard. Since its inception, Ditto has distributed almost $625,000 to its member schools, with this year’s annual distribution being the highest to date. “Thanks to the generous donations we receive and the patronage of our amazing customers, this year’s profits enabled us to distribute $33,000 to each of our eight member schools,” she adds. “And once our expansion is complete, we believe this amount will grow quite significantly.”