With school just around the corner, Deseret Industries, a nonprofit thrift store, donation processor and employment training center, is encouraging parents to stop by before spending hundreds of dollars at department stores.

“Most parents don’t realize we have a huge selection of back to school items like clothes, shoes, backpacks and more – all available at a fraction of the cost,” Deseret Industries Marketing Manager Brooke Yates said. “There’s something for all of your children at Deseret Industries, no matter how old they are or what fashions they wear.”

College students can also benefit from shopping at Deseret Industries, where furniture, kitchenware, small appliances and more can be had for pennies on the dollar.

In addition to looking for deals on the sales floor – which is restocked with thousands of items each day – Yates encourages parents to go through their children’s closets for any gently-used items they may have outgrown over the summer. Most items are either resold on the sales floor, used for humanitarian efforts, or recycled.

“Donating items your children can no longer use, or wear, is a great way to give back to the community,” Yates said, “All you’ve got to do is pull up to the donation bay and we’ll take care of the rest.”

Donations are tax-deductible and also serve a second purpose. In addition to operating as a thrift store, Deseret Industries also provides associates from local communities with training, certification and other skills necessary to obtain lifelong careers in a wide variety of fields. All of this is made possible through the public’s donated goods.

The Glendale Deseret Industries, 6825 W. Bell Road, can be contacted at 623-486-4151.