Et Cetera Shop to Give Money to Local Nonprofits

For the third year in a row, the Newton Et Cetera Shop is preparing to give a portion of its profits to local nonprofit groups. In 2013, Et Cetera’s local giving awards totaled over $17,000, and in 2014 $25,000 was granted. The amount set to be given in May 2015 is $33,000.

Qualified organizations are encouraged to apply for grants from the Et Cetera Shop 2015 Local Giving Fund. Applicants must hold legal nonprofit status, operate out of and serve Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead, or Walton, and operate in a manner consistent with MCC’s mission and principles. They need not have a religious affiliation. Organizations are expected to provide information about their work and an outline of how money granted would be put to use.

Et Cetera Shop has been a part of downtown Newton since 1976. Its mission is to provide quality, affordable, recycled merchandise to the community; encourage volunteerism, stewardship and recycling; and benefit the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the local community. Mennonite Central Committee works around the world to meet basic human needs and promote peace and justice. Since opening, Et Cetera Shop has donated over $3,000,000 to MCC. Most of Et Cetera’s work is done by volunteers.

“Our 240 volunteers make Et Cetera Shop the special place it is,” says Cynthia Linscheid, general manager. “Day after day, they are smiling and ready to do whatever needs to be done. Et Cetera’s mission wouldn’t go forward without their dedication and hard work, and it is their energy that has made it possible for us to once again increase our local giving.” Arlene

Applications LocalGivingApp2015 should be submitted via email to by April 10, 2015. Applications will be reviewed by the Newton Et Cetera Shop board, and awardees will receive notification by mid-May.

Saturday job opening

Newton Et Cetera Shop has a job opening for a Saturday clothing sorter. Key qualifications: available 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Saturday, good with people, detail-oriented, able to lift heavy items, dependable, values in line with Mennonite Central Committee. Additional hours may become available.

Complete job description:

The sorter/clerk maintains an active presence in the processing area, receiving and sorting donations. He or she will primarily be responsible for sorting through clothing donations, placing items in appropriate price categories and recycling, as needed. The individual in this role may be asked to fill other roles, such as clerking when volunteers are not available.

1. Must be physically able to lift large bags, boxes and objects
2. Must have knowledge of (or ability to learn) Et Cetera’s sorting and pricing system
3. Must have ability to handle money and operate cash register
4. Must have a friendly and helpful attitude with donors, customers, volunteers and management
5. Must be punctual and dependable, able to follow management’s instruction
6. Must be willing to support Et Cetera Shop’s mission and principles of operation
7. Candidates with fashion awareness or aptitude for assuming management responsibilities will be given greater consideration.
8. Candidates with Spanish language translation abilities will be given greater consideration.

1. Bring inside any donations left at back door.
2. Respond to back door bell, assisting donors needing special help.
3. Keep clothing receiving and sorting area organized, neat, and clean.
4. Give attention to detail and follow all clothing sorting guidelines carefully.
5. Operate cash register and assist customers as needed, or when volunteers are not available.
6. Communicate the store’s information and mission to donors and customers when asked.
7. Help other staff keep break-room clean and attractive for volunteers.
8. Report to the General Manager during the week and the Assistant Manager on Saturdays.
9. Perform other tasks as requested by management.

This position is paid by hourly wage and does not include benefits such as sick leave or holiday pay. Benefits are available (prorated) for Et Cetera Shop employees working 20 hours or more.

To apply, complete the application below and return to Et Cetera Shop, 619 N. Main Street, Newton KS.

Employment Application

Evening Manager Job Opening at Et Cetera Shop

Do you, or does someone you know, need a great part-time job? Newton Et Cetera Shop is looking for an evening manager!

Key qualifications: Availability 4:00-8:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, great with people, ability to multitask, competent computer/technology skills, values in line with Mennonite Central Committee. College graduate preferred.

Ability to lift 25 pounds and stand 2-3 hours recommended. Bilingual or cross-cultural experience and cash register skills helpful. Experience in promotion/advertising, design, or retailing a plus. Begins August 11, 2014. Additional hours may become available; job-sharing will be considered depending on applicants.

To apply, email telling us why you are interested in the position. Please attach a resume with your job history and listing 3 professional references and send by July 14.

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Area Non-Profits Invited to Apply for Et Cetera Shop Grants


Newton Et Cetera Shop is a non-profit thrift shop with a mission to provide quality, affordable, recycled merchandise to the community; encourage volunteerism, stewardship and recycling; and benefit the work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Mennonite Central Committee works around the world to meet basic human needs and promote peace and justice. Since opening in 1976, Newton Et Cetera Shop has donated over $2,000,000 to MCC.

Newton Et Cetera Shop also designates ten percent of its annual proceeds for use in the local community, to support efforts that help people in need in the Newton area. In 2013, over $17,000 was awarded. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for grants from the Et Cetera Shop 2014 Local Giving Fund.

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Hold legal non-profit status 2. Operate out of and serve at least one of the following local communities: Newton, Hesston, Goessel, Moundridge, Whitewater, Elbing, Halstead, Walton 3. Operate in a manner consistent with MCC’s mission and principles (They need not have a religious affiliation.) o MCC priorities: disaster relief, sustainable community development, justice and peacebuilding o MCC approach: addressing poverty, oppression and injustice; accompanying partners in a process of mutual transformation; building bridges to connect people and ideas; caring for creation o MCC values: seeking to live and serve justly and peacefully in each relationship, incorporating listening and learning, accountability and mutuality, transparency and integrity 4. Be willing to provide volunteer support and information at Local Giving Day event. Based on Et Cetera Shop’s 2013 proceeds, five or more grants of up to $5000 each will be awarded.

Applications must be emailed to by April 1, 2014. Applications will be reviewed by the Newton Et Cetera Shop staff and board, and awardees will receive notification by May 9.

Access or print a pdf of the Local Giving Application here.

Thrift Store Therapy and Inspiration

By Marlene Bogardred
My heart always beats a little bit faster as I get ready for my weekly therapy session.  What will I discover?  Who will I meet?  What new inspiration?  How much will I spend?
Oh wait, that money question is really a non-issue, since I love giving my money to this place! And I should clarify – this is the “thrift-store” version of retail therapy.
The Newton Et Cetera Shop is my destination, and it almost always satisfies!
As I wander about, my eyes brighten at the vintage, the slightly worn. I set my sights on fabric, household kitsch, wooden game boards, almost anything that could be used in an upcycling project for home or family.stocking

Last fall, I was delighted to find a 100% wool red sweater vest that I machine washed and dried (felted) and made into a Christmas stocking for our first grandson. I embellished it with some white embroidery.

I did the same thing to a thick striped sweater which turned into mittens for my sister.

Thecandlesn, after a Pinterest run one night, I raced in to Et Cetera Shop the next day to gather up women’s sweaters in red, green and cream.  I took a scissors to them and created some “candle sweaters.”  They look best in a grouping.

Once I found a large “fake” painting for $10 and painted chalk-board framepaint right on top of it.  With colorful markers, I now have a change-able sign that I place on the tall wooden easel I also found at Et Cetera Shop.  It’s great for advertising!

I decorate my home in vintage and so the shiny mid-clochecentury ornaments I have collected through the years find places all over the house. This time, they look cozy in a glass cloche. The small one I found at Et Cetera of course.

My weekly trips to Newton Et Cetera Shop give me a chance to imagine, experiment, craft, decorate and create unique gifts.  Yes, I purchase things on a whim. Yes, I sometimes buy stuff I don’t need.  Yes, sometimes the items return through the back door.
But it’s cheaper than therapy…you know…the other kind.bluegreen
Just remember – it’s not hoarding if the money goes to missions.  Ha!

I’m Dreaming of Virgin Resin Snowmen

By SarahImage Fleming

Former Et Cetera Shop

Assistant Manager


When I think of Christmas at Et Cetera Shop, “Virgin Resin Snowmen” is the first thing that comes to mind. Virgin resin – I don’t remember exactly how that started. I think my coworker Deb thought of it actually. It’s a reference to that manmade material that many knick-knacks are made of these days. During my eight years working at Et Cetera Shop, I saw a lot of that stuff. We’d sarcastically call them Virgin Resin just to make them seem more special.


The backroom donation receiving area can get kinda crazy, so it’s either joke about things like that or lose. your. mind.


And you see a lot of virgin resin at Christmas. If it’s not virgin resin snowmen, it’s virgin resin Santas, virgin resin ornaments of a dog with a soccer ball…you get the idea.

So, in the back room, sorting through donations of virgin resin snowmen that come in (even in July – those things don’t melt – part of the allure, I guess), it can get overwhelming. Who really needs all that? Why do they keep manufacturing more? Aren’t there already enough virgin resin snowmen in the world?


Still, now that I’m six hours away and can’t be at Et Cetera every day I miss my virgin resin friends – but only the Et Cetera kind. That’s the important part: the Et Cetera kind. Why? Well, first off, if you’re buying them at Et Cetera then you aren’t encouraging manufacturers to make more. Eventually they will end up in the landfill. I highly doubt they’ll decompose if they won’t even melt in a Kansas July.


Also, at Et Cetera they are cheap. A kid can buy one on a kid’s budget – “it’s the thought that counts!” You can nestle one on top of your fancy gift-wrapped package to your sister, and not break the bank. You can love it for a season…if it speaks to you like that Pier One commercial, great…and if it quits speaking to you, you can bring it back to Et Cetera for someone else to love for awhile.


That is what I like best about Et Cetera merchandise. Everything has a story and history and you are adding another chapter to its life when you bring it home. Virgin Snowman, Part Deux.


Now I’m in a whole different state with no Et Cetera Shop nearby. We have a pretty good little thrift store here, and I hope to volunteer after my baby’s in preschool and I have more time. I do miss that back room madness. We’re in a smaller community and it’s a much smaller store than Et Cetera. That means fewer virgin resin snowmen. I went in the Community Cupboard the other day and had a little panic. Where were they? I miss the little guys. What if I need a little something to nestle in my gift of peppernuts for Elsie’s piano teacher? What if I just need a little warm fuzzy and don’t want to spend a bunch of money on something at the fancy home decor store down the street. Virgin Resin Snowmen, you are special to me. I miss you and Et Cetera Shop!


You folks in the Newton Et Cetera community have got it made…the largest selection of name brands in town, plus virgin resin snowmen galore. You keep donating and buying, and I’ll keep dreaming.