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Masks required in all Scout locations through May 2021.
Beginning June 1st, Scout is trusting science and the CDC and will allow vaxxed employees and clients to NOT wear a mask in our stores.
It's been a long ride, but we're almost to the end! Thank you for your endless support and encouragement. We feel lucky to still be in business. Hope to see your smiling, vaxxed faces soon:)
Scout LOVES to support local artists and fellow small business owners. Small businesses are what gives our communities their FLAVOR and PERSONALITY! Shop Local!!!
Here is just a ~sampling~ of some of the artists and small businesses we support and have collaborated with in the past and present ....SO MANY!!!
Artists/Brands We Stock...we're always rotating and adding more. START HERE if you're interested in collaboration with Scout as a pop-up shop, month long feature, collaborating artist, wholesaler or anything else!
and many more!!!!! :)
We're so thankful that Westword and 303 Magazine did some articles about the opening of our new Denver buy-sell-trade shop at 51 N. Broadway (in the former Buffalo Exchange space.)
You can see the article here:
Westword: Scout, Denver's New Resale Clothing Store, Disrupts Fast Fashion. Written by Kyle Harris with photographs by Michael Emery Hecker.
And, and article by 303 Magazine: All Eyes Are Now on Scout: Dry Goods & Trade for the Revival of Sustainable Fashion on Broadway. Written by Elizabeth Mehert-Ab with photographs by Adrienne Thomas.
Recent press about our NEW SCOUT LOCATION coming to:
51 N. Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 ~ A beautiful 10,000 sq ft space with 16 dressing rooms, a buying ROOM and an open floor plan with plenty of ventilation and cool details. We can't wait for you to see the new shop and join us on this new leg of the adventure!
Opening Weekend is Jan. 2 & 3, 2021!
Milk & Daisy is a brand developed by Omaha teacher Meg Rutledge, devoted to inclusivity, affordability, and being over all uniquely awesome. Meg specializes in screen printing kids and adult apparel and accessories. Get to know her below!
Scout: Tell us your story. How did you get involved in screen printing?
M&D: At the beginning of Covid quarantine in March, my husband Clark was laid off from his job. As a teacher, I knew that we could not maintain our lifestyle on my salary alone. So, I decided to start making signs and tees while our son napped and sold them to friends and family. I spent an embarrassing amount of time on YouTube watching “how to” videos on screen printing, wood curing processes, website design, and brand building. Being a teacher has really prepared me for this type of “teachable moment” i.e. husband loses job - figure out a side hustle. Need to figure out how to do silk screen printing for high volume orders? Take a deep dive down YouTube. See an opening for affordable and inclusive toddler wear? Create a clothing line.
Fast forward to today; Milk & Daisy has recently pivoted from custom signage to clothing and accessories. After my toddler line quickly started to sell well online, I decided to do a small batch of adult tees and sweatshirts. I care so much about the products that I make and I believe that shows in the quality and design. This little side hustle of mine has now turned into an actual business. One that I hope to be successful and sustainable. I owe all of my success to my friends and family and to the Dundee community – their support has been monumental in the growth of Milk & Daisy.
Scout: What do you love most about that creative community here in Omaha?
M&D: The local creative community is such a collaborative and encouraging group of talented people, and I feel privileged to be a part of it.
There is such a wide range of talent in Omaha; everyone working with different mediums and having varying messages - the common denominator being our love for our city and the people that make Omaha such a special place. I have been welcomed with open arms and have appreciate all of the guidance and advice I have received from local markers. The support has really been incredible.
Scout: Tell us more about your creative process. What is your workflow/workspace like?
M&D: This summer, I turned our garage into my shop – mainly because all of my projects had taken over the main floor of our 1920’s home and because my dogs, Milk and Daisy, were constantly hijacking my paintbrushes and screen frames and using them as chew toys. I also have created a little workspace for myself in the attic where I create my designs. To be completely honest, making the time to be creative has significantly helped manage my anxiety about the pandemic. When I go out to the shop, I turn on my music, turn off my over active brain, and get to work. As far as my creative process, I have a few running lists of things that I want to create and phrases that make me laugh. I will get an idea in my head and spend countless hours finding the perfect font, the right vintage tee material, the most universal color pallets, etc. I have found that there is so much more than meets the eye that goes into design.
Scout: What inspires you?
M&D: My son Hank is my main source of inspiration. It really is something watching him grow, learn, and discover. He is so engaged in everything he does. As we grow into adults, we lose a bit of that wonder and he really reminds me every day to search for the simple beauty all around me. My students have also always been a huge source of inspiration for me. First Graders are so empathetic, observant, and resilient. I have had so many moments that I will forever cherish in my classroom with these incredible future world changers.
Scout: Where can folks shop your goods outside of Scout?
M&D: Milk & Daisy merch can be purchased locally at both Made in Omaha locations as well as online at MilkandDaisy.com
Susan Boyer of Elen Grace Designs began her journey to making jewelry as a form of therapy. Developing her own pieces became a way to creatively express her inspirations. The rest is history! We are proud to feature her work in Scout this month and encourage shoppers to get to know Susan through her unique, natural designs.
Scout: Tell us your story. How did you get involved in making jewelry?
EGD: I started making jewelry back in 1998 while recovering from Brain surgery as a way of therapy. I also love jewelry and was spending way too much money on items everyone seemed to be wearing. I wanted things that were unique and one of a kind without having to pay the high price of custom pieces.
I recently dove into the world of polymer clay and combine that with my passion of recycling vintage and retro pieces and turning those into new and exciting pieces. The majority of my current items are earrings and those are what I currently have in my inventory.
Scout: Tell us more about your creative process. What is your workflow/workspace like?
EGD: My studio space consists of a giant table that I have crammed into a corner of my bedroom. I believe when it comes to artist that we can find room just about anywhere when we need to be creative. My process usually begins with deciding the colors and patterns I will be using then start rolling out my clay slabs then I sketch out ideas for the actual designs. Then comes the cutting of each shape. Baking the clay is next and for me is the most stressful part of the process. If the clay isn't baked just right it will either over bake and burn or be under baked and crumble.
Once pieces are baked and cooled each one is sanded buffed and, depending on the piece, covered in a glaze. Then comes the drilling and construction. This is when I will incorporate the recycled components if I am using. I take pride in offering truly one of a kind items because no two pieces are ever alike.
Scout: What inspires you?
EGD: I take inspiration from nature and really look at every environment as an opportunity for ideas. I am obsessed with anything art deco and use the colors and geometric shapes of that era in many of my pieces.
Scout: Where can folks shop your goods?
EGD: I can be reached via email at email@example.com. Once I know that people are interested in what I do I would like to get a website or online shop started.
Soni Graves is a long-time Scoutie turned wholesale maker! She does a little bit of everything, including carving beautiful stamps for print-making and super cute bandanas. Aside from her collection inside Scout, you can shop Soni's masterpieces on her Etsy shop. Read on for our Q&A!
Scout: Tell us your story. How did you become interested in art/printmaking/
SG: Long story short, I went through a life-altering divorce, had to move back home to start over and find myself for the first time. That’s when I picked up art supplies in an attempt to do something else besides feel sorry for myself. Clay to make jewelry was the first thing. And things just CLICKED. I love making things, all things, everything and anything. Mostly I make things for myself, things I find gorgeous so I can customize my life. The business side is very much second even to this day. It takes a lot to be a business and I’m still finding the right time to really declare myself one. The thing is I cannot stick to one thing. I find a new interest, delve into it, practice and practice, make bomb stuff I’m happy with and then move on. A Soni-of-all-trades if you will.
Benson Soap Mill owners Ryan Cook and Tim Maides are buds that live in Benson and turn local and sustainable resources into quality, handmade beauty products. We are proud to carry their products in-store. Read on for a Q&A with Tim!
Fall is quickly approaching-- and if you live in Omaha, you know the weather is ready for us to all have a wardrobe change. Whether you’re planning to mask up and head to the pumpkin patch, stay in and cozy up with a good book or movie, or simply just pop out for some crisp fall air, you deserve to do it in style. We’ve compiled some of our favorite trends to help you stunt on ‘em this new season.
This one is for all our hypebeast hotties who are ready to rock in this season’s trending streetwear. Street art is popping up in many fall/winter looks, adding a loud, contemporary element to the cuts and styles we’ve seen before. Paul Smith and Heron Preston’s FW runway collections featured spray-paint-styled pieces that emulate the classic, colorful graphics from cities all over the world. This trend takes streetwear to a new level, literally bringing the details of urban environments directly to our clothing.
Monochrome coloring is always a fun tool to experiment with in our wardrobes, creating collections and outfits around a common scheme. Bring some heat to the chilly season with bright hues that will have your friends saying “that’s fire.” Play around with patterns and accessories that compliment the warmth of the red focal point, too. Don’t be afraid to pop!
Your dad’s ill-tailored suits may have been embarrassing at your cousin’s wedding a few years ago, but this trend gives baggy clothing a new life! Combining style and comfort with a classic 90’s look, this trend gives you an opportunity to chill and take up the space you deserve. Pair with a graphic tee and chunky sneaker, and you’re off.
Speaking of the perfect pair of pants, patchwork denim combines a beloved American piece with a greater global connection to color blocking and artistic stitching. Xander Zhou and Angus Chiang are just a few designers who brought this element to their FW collections, amping up the detailing of a traditional pant and incorporating the modern, distressed aspect that has become so popular.
It’s no secret our business model is founded on the practice of sustainable fashion. According to Forbes, almost 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the world’s polyester fiber, which is now the most commonly used fiber in our clothing. But it takes more than 200 years to decompose. This excessive waste is killing our planet-- and it’s often inequitable for folks employed by fast fashion corporations, typically working in factories for less than a living wage. As a consumer, you have the power to change this cycle and do your part in the fight to end climate change.
Secondhand September is a way to encourage and celebrate buying vintage, sustainable and secondhand items! While shopping secondhand (like buying gently used, cute AF clothes at Scout) is a great way to save the planet, it’s also more affordable and accessible. We host a $1 sale every Sunday, as well as quarterly Fil-A-Bag events, giving you more bang for your buck, and honestly, making the Omaha fashion scene a bit more interesting.
If you’re new to shopping secondhand, or you’re looking to up your game, here are a couple tips to celebrate this season in style.
One of the biggest hot tips we’ve seen to surviving the COVID-19 quarantine is to practice a normal routine and get dressed every day. Many big box stores and chain retailers will use this time to sell you new, mass-produced clothes, inundating your inbox with hot deals and free two-day shipping. You don’t have to give in. After all, the most sustainable outfit is the one you already have.
If you’re hoping to get creative with your look at home, put together some different pieces than you normally would. Experiment with colors, accessories and layers. After all, you have no one to impress outside the comfort of your own home, er, or Zoom call, and if you fall in love with one of your creations, you’ve got a new outfit to parade around when you enter the world safely with your mask.
You can choose from endless options of creative styles from your own collection, but If you’re dying to treat yourself with something new, support local and grab a sustainable look. Our online Depop shop is open 24/7, and our store is open (masks required) every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
While you’re snooping around your personal inventory for a cute #Scoutfit, you’re sure to find a couple of pieces you don’t wear very often. Use those viral organization methods (Hello, Marie Kondo’s Netflix series) to maximize your wardrobe and minimize your carbon footprint.
We support any donations you’re hoping to make, but we recommend you make an appointment with us to sell your clothes! When you sell or trade with Scout, you’re recycling your clothes back into the community—and making money! We’ll supply you with cash or store credit, and the local clothing life cycle continues.
Once you have some extra bucks in your back pocket, you can shop at lots of different price points, including our $5 rack, grab bags and our weekly $1 sale. We also carry lots of locally hand-made goods that are very hard to resist. Overall, it’s a win-win. You clean out your space, and we circulate your dope clothes back into our community. Imagine seeing a stranger stroll by in one of your most-loved skirts or tees-- that’s the circle of life, baby.
While textile production is a huge contributor to global climate change, things like single-use plastic bags and fuel omissions from shipping procedures are huge contributors, as well. Eliminating plastic bags from our environment is a simple and effective way to use your green thumb.
Although safety policies are now in place that prevent the use of reusable bags in many grocery stores and essential businesses, communicate to the powers that be that this issue is still important to you post-pandemic. We are proud to be a plastic-bag-free business in Dundee, one of the greenest areas in the city.
We want to do our part to ban single-use plastics, and we know you do, too. While we respect the choices of other business to practice certain policies out of an abundance of caution during COVID-19, we need to be prepared to continue our fight for a more sustainable future.
Our petition has reached over 10,000 signatures, and we’re confident you can get us to 15,000 by clicking the link above.
Share these tips with your friends and family, and follow along on our sustainable style journey via @scoutdrygoods on Instagram! Happy Secondhand September! And remember: real babes recycle.
If you're like me, you regularly cycle through your wardrobe. You love seeing how much money you can make on your used clothes. As the best place to sell clothes in Omaha Nebraska we've got the insider info to help prepare you as a seller so you can achieve success by making the most money on your used clothes and accessories.
It's really important to understand who you're wanting to sell to. Whether it's Scout: Dry Goods and Trade (or a similar store anywhere else) you have to market to them. Get to know the store you're interested in selling to before you bring your items in. Follow their social media activity and get a feel for what they sell and who their customers are. Ultimately, their customers are the ones you are looking to sell to. The store's buyers know what their clientele are looking for and they know what sells and what doesn't sell in their store. If you can see your items in their store, then you have a good chance of selling. Scout is one of the best places to sell used clothes in Omaha because people love buying from them so they have a higher-turn-over then some of the other buy-sell-trade shops.
I know you have old clothes with some worn-out pockets and some barely noticeable holes in them, right? You may not be too keen to overly scrutinize the clothes you are looking to sell, but it will help you immensely to stop and think like a customer. Ask yourself "Would I buy these clothes in the condition they're in?" If the answer is "no", you should leave them behind. It's no good to the buyer when there are unwanted items thrown in with the more desirable items. If you do your best to be selective at the start, you will have more success at your local buy-sell-trade store.
You may think that if you dress differently when you come in to sell to us that you'll have a better chance of making a deal or getting more money, but that's unnecessary. Good buy-sell-trade stores like Scout: Dry Goods and Trade will pay you fairly despite how you look or what you wear! You don't have to be clever or have a fancy sales pitch either to sell clothes in Omaha or anywhere else. Let the products speak for themselves. If you have well-constructed garments and designer brands that look new, you will be compensated.
Selling your items at a buy-sell-trade store is all about matching your inventory (your used clothes) with the store's shoppers. It's a matchmaking game. Please, don't take it hard (and definitely try not to take it personally!) if you can't make a deal, it just means that there wasn't a match. Never be afraid to come back and try again. Learn from the store's buyers what they're looking for and keep them in mind when you come across a match. The important thing is to never stop trying and not to take rejection too hard if it doesn't work out. Think of it as a date, or like setting your clothes up on a blind date.;)
We hope these tips helped! Be sure to come see us at our store in Dundee! We are where to sell used clothing in Omaha Ne. Our shop is at 5018 Underwood Ave, Omaha NE 68132. We'd love to see you!
Yours in sustainable living,
xo, The Scout Team
One way to save money and make money is through specialized stores that offer discounted prices on merchandise, or ones that will actually pay you for your items. While thrift stores are cheap and while they get most of their merchandise from donations that means nothing is "curated". So you end up spending your time sorting through a lot of unsavory items to see if you can find any gems. When you want to make money on your used clothes, thrift stores will be able to give you a tax receipt for your donation but that's not cash money.
We know you want to talk about how to make money on your used clothes so let's get into it!
If you're looking to make a profit off some things you own, there are a couple of different options to pursue. You could try a buy-sell-trade store (like Scout: Dry Goods and Trade), or take a crack at a consignment store.
While they are often confused for one another, these two kinds of stores are not the same thing and there are benefits and drawbacks to both. To help you decide who you want to do business with to sell your used clothes and used merchandise to, this post will help you learn about the difference between consignment stores and buy-sell-trade stores.
Typically when you think of selling your used clothes, you probably picture a buy-sell-trade establishment. These are places where you can take in your used clothes and used accessories (that are in great shape) and they will buy them from you at an agreed price.
Below are all the parts of the buy-sell-trade business model.
Buy: You can buy expertly-curated vintage, new, and used clothes and accessories at a significant discount from traditional and online stores.
Sell: You can sell your used clothes and used accessories to the store and they will give you cash on the spot! (It's a great way to make extra money fast!)
Trade: This is a great way to get new-to-you clothes and accessories without spending even a fraction of what you would at traditional retail stores. In this case you bring in your used clothes and accessories, the store will tell you how much you can get in store credit (an amount that is higher than the cash amount you could get) you then get to go shopping! You could essentially trade out your whole wardrobe for pennies!
Buy-sell-trade stores are absolutely the most convenient and fastest way to get quick money by selling them your used clothes and used accessories and they allow you to save time by finding all the cute used and vintage clothes for you!
Pros: Instant money, less clutter, can trade in your used clothes for a new wardrobe. Another Pro is that you're able to get rid of whatever it is you are looking to sell, regardless of whether the store accepts it. In most cases buy-sell-trade shops will donate the items they don't accept (and that you no longer want) to people in need saving you the trouble of hauling the items back home.
Cons: They will only accept used items that are on-trend and in great shape.
Consignment is a completely different business model. When you sell an item on consignment the shop essentially becomes a broker for your used items. That means that you don't get anything until the item sells. If the item(s) do sell the store takes a percentage of the sale. How big of a percentage you each get depends on the store and your agreement. Just as with a buy-sell-trade stores, you can negotiate, but since the store is running a business you can expect to get more if the shop does not have to invest its own money. When you sell on consignment, it's free inventory for them but they still have the overhead of keeping the shop open along with paying the staff like buy-sell-trade stores also do. While you might get more money through a consignment shop, you have to wait for any money you might make because it all depends on IF your item(s) sells so you could wait weeks or months for the item(s) to sell and you could wind up with nothing. There is absolutely no guarantee or getting money in your hands!
Pros: Potentially more money
Cons: Payment is deferred and is not a guaranteed
There is no right or wrong way to part with your belongings for cash, the important thing is to understand how each business works and which system is best for you. Have you had any luck selling on consignment, or getting quick cash at a buy-sell-trade store? Share your experience below in the comments!
Thrift Stores, like the items they sell, are often a mixed bag. Lots of them are not the kind of place you would ever shop unless you need something for very cheap. But there are also terrific stores with dedicated staff and owners who are passionate about their community and take pride in what they do. Nebraska thrift stores are some of the best places for vintage clothes, home furnishings and anything in between.
This is our top ten list of the most beloved and rewarding thrift stores in the Cornhusker State.
(*Please note: the thrift shops are listed in no particular order.)
Not your typical thrift store but ideal if you are doing some work on your home on the cheap. Restore is terrific for finding furniture, cabinetry and raw materials for restoration projects. This location is in Grand Island and is among the highest customer-rated Nebraska thrift stores.
Located on Central Avenue in Nebraska City, Pieceful Dreams is a top-rated consignment store within the community, noted for its upkeep and ever-changing window displays. The store specializes in vintage and antique merchandise as well as modern decor.
Crossroads is a community favorite in Hastings. They have a friendly staff and low priced discount items. all of the proceeds from the store go to the homeless. They also accept donations and offer coupons to save even more.
This Sydney store has a playful tone in its celebration of reuse. Of all the thrift joints in all Nebraska... Play it Again Sam is celebrated for friendly staff and low prices and very highly praised among Nebraska thrift stores.
This Kearney thrift store takes its inspiration from the Jewish day of restoration and equality and focuses on social justice programs that emphasize aid to the poor and oppressed.
Mission Avenue Thrift is another Crossroads Store. It's also a highly rated store in Nebraska. It's the second of three locations and is highly focused on community outreach.
For those in and around the Omaha area, Scout is the go-to place for great vintage merchandise. The prices are fantastic and there is a lot of great character and atmosphere to the place which makes it more fun to shop in. They also have an active Facebook page with frequent and fun promotions like Fil-A-Bag events!
This small but diverse thrift shop in Lincoln is affiliated with St. Teresa Catholic Church. patrons of the store appreciate the cleanliness and care to the displays as well as an assortment of options and good pricing.
This vintage store in Omaha is small but full of treasures. The place has a lot of character and is a nice place to peruse when you are on the hunt or something unique with affordable pricing. It's a definite stop to include in a day of shopping Nebraska thrift stores.
This Lincoln-based store is also a Catholic church-based community outreach store. Customers praise the pricing and variety as well as the selection of home furnishings.
We'd love to hear, did your favorite Nebraska thrift store make it on the list? Tell us in the comments!
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We'll be updating it soon with all things related to sustainable living, shopping in Omaha, clothing stores in Omaha, how to reduce your impact on the environment, and how to help our earth!
In the meantime, come see us at our store in Dundee! We are where to sell used clothing in Omaha Ne. Come on by our shop at 5018 Underwood Ave, Omaha NE 68132 (in the Dundee neighborhood.) We'd love to see you!
Yours in sustainable living,
xo, The Scout Team