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Local thrift store Oddz & Endz invests over $80,000 to Cook County organizations

Feb 20, 2023 11:31AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Oddz & Endz Facebook page

By Laura Durenberger-Grunow - Boreal Community Media - February 20, 2023

Well-known local thrift store Oddz & Endz announced last week that the organization plans to distribute $80,443.17 to Cook County organizations from profits earned in 2022.

The store is run entirely by volunteers, who receive an "hourly wage". This "wage" is paid to a local non-profit of the volunteer's choice. In 2022, 45 volunteers gave 5500 hours to the organization. 

At the end of the year, total profits minus expenses (which include rent, utilities, insurance, and taxes) are divided by the total number of volunteer hours. 

According to Dale McIntire of Oddz & Endz, "this determines the "hourly wage", or base amount each volunteer hour is worth that year."

McIntire continued by adding for 2022, the "hourly wage" was $14.63 an hour. 

According to a Facebook post, Oddz & Endz shared that their mission can be summarized by three words: environment, economy, and empathy.

The organization collects household goods through donations, and sells them to the community at affordable prices - keeping items out of the landfill. Oddz & Endz has also been able to contribute goods for emergency needs within the community. 

2022 Local Non-profit Investment Recipients:

  • Oddz & Endz
  • Library Friends of Cook County
  • American Legion Post 413
  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 413
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • Care Partners of Cook County
  • Colvill Fire Department
  • Cook County Higher Education
  • Cook County Historical Society
  • Cornerstone Community Church
  • Council on Aging
  • Empty Bowls Cook County
  • First Congregational Church
  • Food Shelf
  • Free Church-Celebrate Recovery
  • Go Dog North
  • Grand Marais Playhouse
  • Hamilton Habitat
  • Mt Rose Community Church, Grand Portage
  • North Point
  • Northshore Health Care Foundation
  • Oral Health Task Force
  • Renewable Energy Cook County
  • Ridge Riders Snowmobile Club
  • Ruby’s Pantry
  • Spirit of the Wilderness Episcopal Church Good Samaritan Fund
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Hovland
  • Violence Prevention Center
  • WISE

Oddz & Endz is open 10-4 every Friday, Saturday, and Monday (excluding some holidays). Donations are accepted during business hours.

For more information, visit the Oddz & Endz Facebook page here:

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