Ditto Family Resale on Manchester Road is an upscale resale store with a unique twist – its proceeds benefit eight area Christian schools.
Started by local Christian schools to provide scholarships and help keep tuition costs low, Ditto has grown into a thriving business that caters to all and is celebrating five years of business this year.
Members from the participating institutions – Central Christian School, Covenant Christian School, Heritage Classical Christian Academy, Kirk Day School, Promise Christian Academy, South City Community School, Twin Oaks Christian School and Westminster Christian Academy – believe that Christian education should be available to all who want it. With $330,000 given to participating schools in the last five years, the resale shop has already been a huge success.
Ana Woodard, who was part of the group that founded Ditto, says this has turned into something much bigger than they could’ve ever imagined.
“It’s not just about earning money for our member schools,” she says. “It’s equally about our customers, donors and serving the community.”
Ditto carries clothing, shoes and home goods for the entire family. The 11,000 square-foot store boasts a boutique atmosphere where shoppers can find everything from home décor to toys to new designer clothing.
Deborah Shields, the store’s manager, says customers enjoy their shopping experience because of how they’re treated and greeted.
“They feel the love of Christ when they walk through the door,” she says. “It creates an atmosphere of love and joy.”
The store has a small paid staff, but it’s mainly run by volunteers who come from member schools.
Ninety percent of Ditto’s profits specifically go toward tuition remission, while the remaining 10 percent of such profits go back to the neighboring community.
Ditto recently surpassed the $2 million mark in sales and distributed $25,000 to each of its member schools in August. They also plan to donate several thousand dollars of this past year’s profits to two local public schools.
The store accepts donations during business hours, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations accepted include clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children, jewelry, furniture, home goods, decorative and seasonal items, books, toys, and more. Ditto also offers a complimentary furniture pickup the second Saturday of each month.
10027 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-394-2026, dittostl.com