History: The thrift was started as a way for local churches to fund new missions. Dot Nelson represented American Lutheran and in 1994 Dot, and her husband Ken, lent $4,000 to the group to lease the shop and they were repaid within 6 months. Dot Nelson became the first Volunteer Manager. We still have some of the founding members working in the store today….20+ years later! The Thrift has always been located in the Sun Bowl Plaza but has grown over the years and expanded to additional storefronts in the mall.