Carefree Kiwanis

Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store:
Celebrating five years of serving the community

CAVE CREEK – The Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store is approaching its five-year anniversary, originally opening on August 14, 2014, with no paid staff, the store is now led by its General Manager Sandra Carrier.

The Kiwanis Marketplace is no ordinary thrift store; it is an organization committed to enriching the lives of children that also provides rewarding work for its volunteers, most of whom are retirees.

Carrier leads a small staff and a committed group of nearly 80 active volunteers. The volunteers at the Marketplace serve as store personnel or as “roadies,” who offer free pickup service of larger gently used donations from homes in the area.

Aside from its wide selection of affordable items for customers, ranging from furniture and housewares to clothing and electronics, the Marketplace provides a fun environment, functioning as a tight-knit community.

The Marketplace’s staff and volunteers are passionate about service for its loyal customers, who can hunt for treasures while supporting a charitable organization.

The Marketplace serves the community in several ways, by funding projects to help local students as well as community projects.

Over the past several years, the Marketplace has generated over $1,000,000 in scholarships and merit awards for area graduating high school seniors who are entering college.

Pictured left to right: J. Scott Brown, the Kiwanis Marketplace Committee Chairman and Sandra Carrier, the Kiwanis Marketplace Thrift Store’s General Manager.
(Photo courtesy of the Kiwanis of Carefree)

It has also sponsored many other projects including the STEAM Lab at Foothills Academy, the Kiwanis Kids Creative Corner at the Desert Foothills Library, the Kiwanis Sundial Splash Park in Carefree and the Kiwanis Field’s Little League scoreboard.

Donated items that are not marketable by the Marketplace are passed on to Sunshine Acres in Mesa, which has its own thrift store to provide funding for a home for children who have been separated from their parents. 

Additionally, the Marketplace helps the environment by repurposing items which would otherwise might end up in landfills.

To learn more about the Marketplace and its impact on the community, or to find out how to volunteer, visit: kiwanismarketplace.org.