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1363 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest IL 60045


Forest & Found is a nonprofit community thrift store located in Lake Forest, IL that features good quality, second hand goods and produces a cycle of benefits for donors, shoppers and the causes the community invests in


What's Going on with the Basement

Diana Durkes

Every one who shopped our recent Basement Sale can attest  -  there's a lot of mysterious and interesting stuff to discover there.

The basement has been our storage space since we moved into our storefront on Western. Christmas, Halloween, 4th of July....they all wait in the wings for the appropriate season to move upstairs.

In less than a year's time, however, the overflow of merchandise all but overtook us recently, but it provided excellent motivation for our January Basement Sale. And it was fun! Customers told us they enjoyed the archeological dig. From our perspective, we lightened our inventory and raised funds for Bernie's Book Bank and A Safe Place.

This winning combination now has us brainstorming to keep the basement open permanently. We've applied for a Project Green grant to help with the cost of new lighting  - we'll find out if it's approved at the end of April. We're  also working to set up a permanent home for the high-quality kids' clothes and toys we receive.

Customers have requested we preserve the jumbled, big dig experience there.  "You never know what you're going to find," is a phrase we hear often. As we keep working on the basement evolution, we'll keep you posted on our progress. Stay tuned!