Crowded Closet: Where thrifting supports nonprofits at home and around the world

Crowded Closet
Photo courtesy of Crowded Closet

Half-Price Thursdays

Crowded Closet — Third Thursday of each month

Crowded Closet (1213 Gilbert Ct.), is an Iowa City nonprofit thrift and international gift store that has been operated by area Mennonites since 1978. It’s a familiar stop for many Iowa City thrifters, but some might not realize that all of Crowded Closet’s profits are donated in support of aid organizations — some across the street, and others around the world.

Empowering Communities Local & International

Crowded Closet partners with local and international nonprofits to empower communities through relief support and locally-led development. Here are some (though not all!) of the organizations Crowded Closet has served in the last year.

Iowa City nonprofits
  • Crisis Center of Johnson County: The Crisis Center provides support to individuals and families in a time of crisis, whatever it may be. Crowded Closet supports their mission by providing vouchers that can be issued to Crisis Center clients for things like housewares, clothes, books and toys.
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP): DVIP provides housing, clothing, advocacy, education and services to women, children and men that are victims of domestic violence.
  • The Arc of Southeast Iowa: The Arc provides support services and advocates for legislation on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and communities.
International nonprofits
  • Mennonite Central Committee: A faith-based global nonprofit disaster relief and development organization that focuses on local needs and local solutions, and promotes peace and justice while working to minimize violence.

Consider Crowded Closet next time you’re donating, whether furniture, clothes, housewares, toys, books, or antiques — or next time you’re thrifting for something new to you. Your donations and purchases will make a difference!