One Person’s Trash…

Salvage shop operated by the Junior League, Portland, 1926

Are you off work at all during this “limbo” week between Christmas and New Year’s? Are you taking advantage of the time to cast off the old in anticipation of the new? Or are the piles just growing ever larger?

Mainers often use the days following the holidays to clean out. Today, many of us donate clothing and other goods to Goodwill, churches, and other community organizations.

In 1926, the Junior League operated a thrift store in Portland called The Salvage Shop. Click on this image to see the full record in Maine Memory and then use the “Zoom” tool to check out what’s in the window.

Maybe it will inspire you to get into those old boxes and bags, get organized, and get on over to an organization that will gladly take the cast-offs off your hands. Those goods that mean little to you now may just be someone else’s treasure waiting to be discovered.

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