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 manager@newtonetceterashop.com 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 newtonetc@sbcglobal.net 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.

Local Giving Day Celebrates 2013 Grant Recipients

In April 2013, Newton Et Cetera Shop awarded three $5000 grants as part of a new Local Giving effort. The organizations receiving grant funds were Health Ministries of Harvey County, Harvey County Safe House, and Peace Connections. On Wednesday November 27, these groups will be represented in the store so shoppers have an opportunity to learn about their work.

Located at 619 North Main Street, Et Cetera Shop has been part of downtown Newton since 1976. Much of its work is done by volunteers, with most proceeds benefiting Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide relief, service, and peace agency sponsored by 15 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ, and Amish groups.

MCC works to meet basic needs, supporting local communities and churches by sending food or material goods and funding other projects in regions recovering from war and disasters.

But people in the Newton area have needs too, and Et Cetera Shop wanted to reach out to them as well. That’s how Et Cetera Shop’s Local Giving Day fund came to be.

“With MCC’s blessing, our board decided to set aside ten percent of our annual profit to give to local nonprofit organizations,” says Tammy Regehr, Et Cetera board representative. “We were honored to receive many wonderful applications, all from worthy organizations. It was extremely difficult for the nominating team to choose.”

The Et Cetera Shop board plans for the Local Giving effort to continue in future years. Meanwhile, Local Giving Day 2013 will be held Wednesday at the store during daytime business hours.

“We look forward to highlighting what these groups are doing in the Newton area,” says Cynthia Linscheid, Et Cetera Shop general manager. “We invite shoppers, volunteers, and anyone in the area to stop in, learn more about their work, and celebrate and support their contributions to our community.”

From Macklemore to MCC: Local Thrift Shopping for a Poor College Student


If you removed all the clothes from my closet that I bought at the store they originally came from, I’m not sure you’d notice a big difference—or that anything was in fact missing. That’s because I am a thrift-shopping addict. This healthy(ish) obsession started about five years ago when I started working at the Newton Et Cetera Shop during the summer. Needless to say, working at a thrift store made it a lot easier to regularly find clothes that worked for me.


As I transitioned from high school to college, and more and more of my money went to pay for books and classes, my interest in thrift shopping grew. Now when I go to the mall, I have to talk myself into buying things instead of out of it. As singer/songwriter Macklemore (one of my current favorites) puts it in his recent chart-topping hit “Thrift Shop”:


I’m like, “Yo – that’s fifty dollars for a T-shirt.”

Limited edition, let’s do some simple addition

I call that getting tricked by a business


Thrift shopping is one of the most convenient, effective, and meaningful ways of money saving. First, thrift shopping in your home community helps support local businesses. It’s not only handy to shop in your own town for travel reasons, but it’s also a great way to connect with the people you share space with. Secondly, many thrift shops—including Et Cetera Shop—are affiliated with charitable organizations which help people in the community, and all over the world. Every donation and purchase at our store is helping someone somewhere through Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide relief and peacemaking organization.

And third, you just can’t beat the prices at a thrift store. If you’re on any sort of budget, thrift shopping is the way to get good quality clothes at the most reasonable prices. Of course, thrift stores aren’t just for clothing, but also housewares, furniture, books, electronics, toys, fabric, and much more. You name it, and I’m sure that at one point we’ve had it at Et Cetera Shop.  

Thrift shopping is close to my heart, and as important to me spiritually as it is financially. Knowing that my purchases mean something not only to me, but to someone in need, is an amazing comfort in a world overrun with consumerism. This is not to say I’m condemning traditional shopping. I know there are times when you can’t find everything you need second hand. I’m simply saying that for me, and I hope for some of you out there, the realm of thrift shops is a comforting and uplifting space to hang out in.

Hey, it was ninety-nine cents! (Bag it)

Coppin’ it, washin’ it, ’bout to go and get some compliments

Passin’ up on those moccasins someone else’s been walkin’ in

Savin’ my money and I’m really happy that’s a bargain, kids!


ImageBecca Epp

Newton Et Cetera Shop sorter and Bethel College senior